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Eastern Connecticut State Men's Soccer

Eastern Youth Soccer Camps

Coaching Staff


Adam Phaiah
Assistant Coach

Former two-year varsity letterwinner Adam Phaiah returns to the staff as an assistant coach under eighth-year head coach Greg DeVito.

A native of Danielson, Phaiah appeared in 34 of a possible 39 matches under former head coach Frantz Innocent as a midfielder and defender in the 2003 and 2004 seasons, starting ten. He came to Eastern after a two-year career at Mitchell College in New London.

Coach DeVito on Coach Phaiah: “Coach Phaiah is a huge reason for the success of our program. He handles many of the behind the scenes functions that make our program what it is. As a former Warrior, Coach Phaiah will do whatever it takes to get our program to the next level.”

Phaiah, co-director of the Eastern Connecticut State University Youth Soccer Camps, has served as an administrative assistant with the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association in Farmington and formerly served on the coaching staff of the U-14 boys’ Northeast United Premier Soccer Club.

Having secured a USSF “C” national coaching license, Phaiah holds an Associates Degree in Physical Education from Mitchell College, a B.S. Degree in Physical Education with a minor in Sport and Leisure Management and an M.S. Degree in Educational Technology from Eastern.

Phaiah teaches Physical Education and Health in the Stonington Public School system and resides in Noank with wife Jennifer and twin sons Landon and Blake.


Matt Weston
Assistant Coach - Goalkeepers

Matt Weston, a former four-year goalkeeper in the Division I Sacred Heart University program, returns to the staff of head coach Greg DeVito as the goalkeeper coach.

A resident of Vernon and a former member of the E.O. Smith High School boys' soccer program, Weston holds a USSF "E" coaching lincense and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2008) and B.S. Degree in Psychology (2006), both from Sacred Heart.

In addition to coaching, Weston practices out-patient sports physical therapy with Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

Coach DeVito on Coach Weston: Coach Weston brings expertise in the areas of goalkeeping and especially strength and conditioning. Having coached him at the youth and high school levels he knows exactly what I am looking for. Coach Weston is a huge asset to our program.”
 


Carl Stensland
Assistant Coach

Carl Stensland joins the staff of head coach Greg DeVito following a three-year career as a midfielder and defender on three Little East Conference regular-season and playoff championship teams and NCAA tournament qualifiers.

A Storrs native, Stensland started 56 of 59 matches in his career, scoring 25 points on eight goals and ten assists. As a senior, he was named second-team All-New England Region, to the NEISL Senior All-Star Game, Defensive Player-of-the-Year in the Little East Conference and repeated as a selection to the All-LEC team, gaining first-team honors for the first time. He capped his career by receiving the prestigious Francis E. Geissler Senior Male SportsPerson-of-the-Year Award, which rewards sportsmanship, team play, integrity and spirit.

Stensland was a four-year collegiate soccer player, spending his freshman year at the Division I level. With Stensland, Eastern was 44-12-6 overall, 17-2-2 in LEC regular-season competition and 6-0-0 in the LEC playoffs.

Stensland holds a USSF Level E coaching license and serves as an assistant coach with the Northeast United U-15 boys and head coach of the U-13 boys.  He holds a B.S. Degree in Biology and does math and science tutoring at E.O. Smith High School.


Matt Esposito
Assistant Coach

Matt Esposito, a four-year member of the program between 2008 and 2011, returns to the staff for his second season under head coach Greg DeVito.

A native of East Haven, Esposito was a four-year starter at midfield and back and a junior captain under DeVito, helping the Warriors to two regular-season and two post-season Little East Conference championships and an overall four-year record of 60-19-8 (21-4-3 in the conference).

With Esposito, Eastern qualified for one ECAC New England and three straight NCAA tournaments and was ranked nationally a total of ten times, including a tie for 12th in the third week of his junior season, when the Warriors were the No. 2-ranked team in New England. As a junior and senior, Eastern advanced with first-round NCAA tournament victories.

Esposito recorded 31 points on ten goals and 11 assists in his 80-game career, earning first-team All-LEC and LEC playoff MVP honors as a senior.

Esposito holds a USSF Level E coaching license and serves as an assistant coach with the Northeast United U-15 and U-13 boys’ teams.  He holds a B.A. Degree in History with a minor in Sport and Leisure Management from Eastern.