The Athletics Department at Villa Maria College continues to grow as the head coaching positions for men’s and women’s basketball and soccer have now been filled. Allan Monaco is the new Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Michael Ertel will coach men’s soccer, and Amanda Janosky will coach women’s soccer. Director of Athletics Don Silveri is also the Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
Monaco brings over 30 years of high school and college coaching experience, with 24 of those years as Head Basketball Coach at Williamsville South High School. Most recently he is the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach for SUNY Fredonia. In addition, Monaco has served as an administrator on a number of professional associations including the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, New York State Public High School Athletic Association and NYSPHSAA Section VI basketball, currently working as the Assistant Executive Director of BCANY. He received his B.S. in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland and his M.S. in Educational Administration from Canisius College.
Janosky comes to Villa with over ten years of professional soccer experience on the field and behind the bench. Her experience includes playing for the Professional League Women’s soccer franchise, the Rochester Rhinos, as well as for Canisus College’s women’s team. Currently at Tapestry Charter High School, she serves as Boys soccer coach and Girls and Boys Track and Field Coach. At Canisus College, she received a B.S. in Health and Physical Education and a Master of Sports Education.
Currently Director of Coaching at Grand Island Soccer Club, Development Academy Coach at Empire Revolution Soccer Academy and a staff coach with the New York State West Youth Soccer Association, Michael Ertel brings nearly eight years of soccer coaching experience to Villa. He previously was an Assistant Coach for FC Buffalo, and was Boys Varsity Soccer Coach for West Seneca Schools. Ertel is pursuing a M.S. in Recreation and Sports Studies/Soccer Coaching from Ohio University, and received his B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Canisius College.
“They’re all strong, well respected candidates,” Don Silveri said. “I’m definitely excited to be working with such a talented team as we keep this program moving forward.”
Silveri, one of Western New York’s winningest coaches with 584 career collegiate victories, served as head coach for men’s basketball at Daemen College for 25 years, while spending 12 of those years as Director of Athletics.
Announced in January, Villa’s athletics program will have students competing in inter-collegiate men’s and women’s soccer and basketball this fall. Soon after the college plans to apply for NCAA Division III membership and join a regional conference to compete against other local Division III schools.
A private, co-educational, Catholic college, Villa Maria provides the premiere student-centered experience in Western New York. Students learn and grow with a culturally diverse population and a culture that lives its ideals of truth, charity, and unity.
For more information call 716.896.0700 or visit www.villa.edu/athletics.