Women's Soccer 2014 – Coach Profile

Josh Ruggiero

Josh Ruggiero – Head Coach




Josh Ruggiero will enter his seventh season as women’s soccer head coach at Wilmington University in the fall of 2014. Prior to being named head coach in 2008, Ruggiero spent two seasons as the top assistant coach of the women’s program.

The longest tenured coach of the Wildcats’ program, Ruggiero has compiled a 52-54-7 (.491) overall record. He led the team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012, capturing its second Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Regular Season Championship on its way to its first CACC Tournament Championship with a 1-0 win over Philadelphia. The 2012 squad went 13-7-1 overall and 10-1-1 in the CACC, winning the regular season championship on the final day with a 6-0 win over Georgian Court. Ruggiero coached six women to All-CACC honors, and picked up his second CACC Coach of the Year award in 2012.

He also helped orchestrate one of the team’s best overall seasons in 2010 (15-5), going undefeated (12-0) in the CACC, and earning the CACC Coach of the Year award. That 2010 squad reached the semifinals of the CACC Tournament. Under his tutelage, a total of 16 Wildcat student-athletes have been named an All-CACC selection.

Prior to starting his coaching career at Wilmington, Ruggiero played for two seasons as a goalkeeper for the men’s team at Wilmington. He was the starting keeper for the Wildcat’s 2003 squad that captured the CACC regular-season championship. Ruggiero is a former All-CACC selection, having posted an astounding 0.86 goals against average in 2003, followed by a 1.39 average in 2004.

Ruggiero has also have prior coaching experience, working with the Under-11 girls’ team at the Kirkwood Soccer Club and spent the 205 season as an assistant coach at Division III Widener University, where he focused on the goalkeepers and the defense.

Ruggiero graduated from Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management in 2005, and recently complete his master’s degree in Sports Administration from Delaware State University. He currently works as the Online Coordinator for the College of Social and Behavior Sciences at Wilmington University.



CACC Record (Finish)




4-6-1 (9th)




8-3-1 (5th)

CACC Quarterfinals



12-0 (1st)

CACC Semifinalists
CACC Coach of the Year



3-8-1 (11th)




10-1-1 (1st)

CACC Regular Season Champions
CACC Tournament Champions
1st Round NCAA Tournament
CACC Coach of the Year



5-6-1 (8th)

CACC Quarterfinals

Totals (6 years)

52-54-7 (.491)

42-24-5 (.627)