The winningest coach in Iona College men's soccer history, Fernando Barboto is in his tenth season at the helm of the Gaels.
The Gaels finished with a record of 15-4-1, finishing second in the MAAC with a 7-2 record in conference play, the third consecutive season the team finished in the top three of the conference. Six members of the team were named to the NCAA Men's Division All-North Atlantic Team, as selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Gaels led all teams in the country with their six honorees. Eight players were named to the All-MAAC teams, including four First Team honorees, three Second Team honorees and two All-Rookie Team selections. The team was ranked in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25 for five weeks, received votes in three other polls and remained in the North Atlantic Rankings all season.
In 2010, Iona was a MAAC Championship Finalist, losing a heart breaker versus St. Peters 2-1. 2010 marked a remarkable season as the Gaels started at least five freshmen per game. After losing a senior class of nine in 2009, Coach Barboto and his staff managed to recruit one of the best recruiting classes in the country and continue Iona’s success with a young team. 2010 accolades included a MAAC Rookie of the Year selection and three MAAC All-Rookie Team selection. Sophomore Alvaro Torrecilla earned Male Student-Athlete of the Year by the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, as his 3.97 GPA was tops among male athletes. Senior Mario Rios was named to the 2010 Mac Herman Watch List, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer and was named the 2011 male recipient of the Joseph O'Connell Award, presented to Iona's most outstanding senior sportsmen.
In 2009 the program reached unprecedented success as they finished the season 14-2-3. They were rewarded the 2009 MAAC Regular season championship and Barboto earned the 2009 MAAC Coach of the Year award. The team ranked fifth in the country with a win-lost-tied percentage of .816, a team goals against average of 0.66 and a shuout percentage of 0.53, both good for 11th in the country. The team save percentage of 0.851 was 12 in the nation.
Back in the 2008 the Gaels finished 11-6-1, on the strength of an extremely potent offense. Iona ended the 2008 season as the only team to never be shutout, finishing the year 19th in total offense and 20th in shutouts nationally.
In February of 2003, Barboto became the sixth men's soccer head coach in Iona's history after serving three seasons as head coach at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. In his first year in New Rochelle, Barboto orchestrated a five-win improvement from the previous year, as the Gaels finished the 2003 campaign 5-11-4. Since 2003, the Iona soccer program has improved steadily on his watch.
At St. Francis, Barboto led the squad to two winning seasons in the Northeast Conference, as well as producing five All-NEC players, seven All-NEC Academic student-athletes, and one professional player.
Prior to St. Francis, Barboto was an assistant at Lafayette College and helped lead the Leopards to two straight Patriot League Championships including an NCAA Championship berth in 1998 vs. #1 ranked Clemson.
A 1994 graduate of Montclair State University, Barboto spent three seasons at his alma mater as head women's soccer coach from 1995-1998.
Barboto was a four-year letter winner (one year of medical red shirt) at Montclair St and earned NSCAA All-American honors as a senior. He went on to play professionally for six seasons with the North Jersey Imperials of the United Soccer League (USL) and captained the team in 1999 under Head Coach Sean Kenny.
Barboto received a B.A. in Marketing and Consumer Affairs from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. He holds a USSF "A" license and NSCAA Premier License for soccer coaching. He and his wife, Betina, reside in Haledon, NJ with their two sons Maximus, 8, and Tristan, 3, and daughter Valentina, 2.