Bridgeport, Conn.-On June, 16, 2016, University of Bridgeport Director of Athletics Anthony Vitti announced that Peter Doneit has been selected as the Purple Knights' new head men’s soccer coach.
Doneit has been a part of the University of Bridgeport Department of Athletics for the past 15 years serving as UB’s assistant men’s soccer coach. For the past four years, Pete has also worked as Purple Knights’ Coordinator of External Affairs.
Said Vitti, "We are delighted to welcome Pete as our head men’s soccer coach. He is without a doubt ready to take the next step in his already impressive career and lead his own program. His knowledge of the University, our department and our student-athletes will be a great asset as he helps continue the proud tradition of Bridgeport men’s soccer."
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity that Anthony Vitti and the rest of the University of Bridgeport community has entrusted me with in coaching a program with such a storied history of success. I’m committed to bring a winning culture on the soccer field and in the classroom, and I cannot wait to get started on the preparations for the 2016 season and to lead the Purple Knights onto the field in early September,” said Doneit.
During his 15 years on the UB sidelines, Doneit has helped the Purple Knights to two ECAC championships, a conference title and a 2007 bid to the NCAA tournament plus 12 conference tournament appearances in the last 13 seasons.
A USSF “A” license coach, Doneit currently is a coach in the US Soccer Development Academy system with Beachside Soccer Club where he has led the 13/14, 15/16 and 17/18 teams and directed the 2016 team to the national playoffs in Frisco, Texas. He has coached a total of five players that have been called up to the United States Youth National Teams. Pete was named the US Youth Soccer Boys National Coach of the Year in 2010, the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Coach of the Year that same season. In 2010, he also received the NSCAA East Region Youth Coach of the Year Award, plus Doneit has been selected as the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association Coach of the Year and Young Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Over his 16 seasons at Beachside, Pete has led multiple teams to state and regional titles and championship game appearances. In addition, he is the head coach of the Super 20 Team that in 2012 made it to the semifinals of the USL National Finals in Rockford, Illinois, and that team has made seven national championship appearances.
After a four-year career at Division I Hartwick College, Doneit had a stint as a player in South Africa and also spent time in the USISL and the Pro Select League in the United States,
Pete and his wife Heather reside in Stamford, Conn. with their sons Zachary Peter and Benjamin Stewart.