A veteran coach, Jonathan Velotta joined the Carnegie Mellon University men’s soccer coaching staff in 2014 and helped guide the program back to the NCAA Tournament in his second season.
The 2015 Tartans returned to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time in program history and finished the season with an 11-4-3 record. Three games into the season, the Tartans took down #3 Messiah by a 4-3 score and went on to finish third in the University Athletic Association.
In Velotta’s first season with the Tartans, the program turned out an 8-5-3 overall mark against some of the top teams in Division III, as the team faced three nationally ranked opponents and five NCAA tournament participants.
Velotta helped mentor Connor Webb who was named the program’s eighth NSCAA All-American and first since 2009 following the 2015 season. Webb led the UAA in goals scored for the second straight season and was named to the NSCAA All-Region team as a junior.
Prior to his arrival in Pittsburgh, Velotta coached more than 11 years at the club, Division II and Division I levels.
Velotta began his coaching career as the assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Louisville in 2003, directly after he graduated from Brescia University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Most recently, Velotta spent four years as the head women’s soccer coach at Bellarmine University where he led the program to a 51-18-9 record and three appearances in the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament.