Neel Bhattacharjee
Neel Bhattacharjee
Head Coach
Division 1

Bhattacharjee (pronounced BAT-uh-CHARGE-ee) was named Binghamton's head coach on December 30, 2015. "Neel is a highly respected coach and leader on a national level, and has accumulated significant quality experience with championship programs and elite student-athletes," Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott said. "We are excited to have Neel join our athletics family, and lead our women's soccer program into the future." In just his second season, Binghamton pulled a stunning turnaround.  After his hire in 2015 in which the program only had 3 total wins, the Bearcats went 11-4-4 this past 2017 season and included a share of the regular season conference title, its first title in 13 years.  Bhattacharjee and his staff were recognized as the America East Coaching Staff of the Year for their accomplishments.  "I am very excited and humbled to lead the Binghamton women's soccer program at one of the preeminent public institutions in the Northeast and the country," Bhattacharjee said. "I am grateful to Pat, President Stenger, and the entire search committee for having the confidence in me to lead the women's soccer program to new heights.  I have a vision for the program that is shared by the Binghamton leadership and that energy and passion will lead to future success.  Given the direction of the athletics program and strong blend of academics, Binghamton is well suited to have a very competitive women's soccer program that will make the community, alumni and fans proud." At Boston College, Bhattacharjee played a key role with an Eagles program that reached the national semifinals in 2010, NCAA Elite Eight in 2009 and Sweet Sixteen in 2011. At BC, he served as recruiting coordinator and goalkeepers coach, helping steer the Eagles to the program's first-ever College Cup appearance in 2010. One year earlier, BC was ACC co-champion. During his tenure at Syracuse, the Orange made the transition from the BIG EAST to the ACC. His 2014 recruiting class was ranked No. 18 in the country (Top Drawer Soccer). He was also directly involved with on-field team training, opponent scouting, scheduling, budget planning and compliance. While he was as associate head coach at GW (2006-08), the Colonials rose in ranks within the A-10 each season. He graduated from University of Maryland in 1998 with two degrees - in geography and secondary education-social studies. Bhattacharjee then earned his master's degree in applied geography at Texas State University in 2000. He has also completed coursework toward a PhD in geography from Arizona State University. Bhattacharjee played goalkeeper for club soccer teams at both Maryland and ASU. In 2006, Bhattacharjee was the goalkeeper coach for the Under-21 Women's National Team. He has also coached with the Region I and Region IV Olympic Development Programs (ODP). A native of Randolph, N.J., Bhattacharjee holds an "A" License from the United States Soccer Federation (highest license in the U.S.) and also holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma. Neel and his wife, Merry, have two daughters, Naiya (7) and Norah (5).