Manya Puppione
Marymount University
Manya Puppione
Head Coach
Division 3

Puppione has been coaching soccer for almost 13 years at many different levels. Before she was hired at Division III school Marymount University in April 2019, she was most recently at Division I school University of Maryland for the past three seasons where she was an assistant coach. In just three short seasons, she helped Maryland make significant strides including a four-win improvement in 2016 with an unbeaten record in non-conference play. In 2018, the Terps more than doubled their Big 10 scoring output with 10 goals in conference play and cut their goals against by a third in just one year. Her recruiting efforts also brought in a top-25 recruiting class.  A decorated professional and national team player, Puppione played at one time with 13 of the 23 players that made up the roster of the United States' 2015 World Cup champions. She also played with two FIFA World Players of the Year in Marta and Carli Lloyd, and helped the US capture the 2002 FIFA U-19 World Cup title.  Hailing from Trumbull, Connecticut, she was in the national team system through a variety of age groups from 2002 to 2008. She was a member of a pair of U-21 national teams that won back-to-back Nordic Cups in 2004 and 2005, then won the same championship as a U-23 member in 2007.  She was also a member of the Los Angeles Sol of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) alongside five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta, where they won the regular-season title in 2009 and advanced to the playoff finals. The following season, she moved to WPS' Atlanta Beat, teaming up with World Cup and Olympic champion Tobin Heath before transitioning her career to Iceland.  Remaining in Europe, she played in Finland for Aland United and was voted Naisten Liiga Player of the Year after breaking the league record for goals.  When she returned to the states, she played for Sky Blue FC in 2013 where they advanced to the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) semifinals.  A Division I standout in college, she played for Arizona State from 2002 to 2006, being named a Freshman All-American in 2002. She also was successful in the classroom, collecting NSCAA Academic All-American honors in 2004 and ASU Sparky Female Scholar of the Year award. She graduated with a degree in journalism and mass communication from Arizona State before earning a master's degree at the University of New Haven in business administration in 2008.  During her time in Connecticut, she had various roles in clubs throughout the state, including as a staff coach at USSF training centers.