JOHNSON CITY — Scott Calabrese, the man who started the men’s soccer program at East Tennessee State University in 2008, is leaving the school.
Calabrese has accepted a job as the head coach at Florida International University. His hiring was announced Tuesday night.
“I’m incredibly grateful to ETSU for giving me the opportunity to start the men’s program there,” Calabrese said Wednesday from Miami. “I owe a debt of gratitude to the ETSU administration. In particularly, I want to thank (former athletic director) Dave Mullins for choosing me to start the men’s program at ETSU.
Calabrese will replace Kenny Arena, who left to become an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy under his father, Bruce Arena.
Calabrese was 57-44-16 with ETSU and took two teams to the NCAA tournament.
The Bucs won their second Atlantic Sun Conference championship last season with a 3-1 victory over North Florida in the title game. They fell to Coastal Carolina in the first round of the NCAAs in what turned out to be Calabrese’s final game at ETSU.
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