Joe Mingachos recently completed his 19th and final season at the helm of one of the most successful women's soccer programs in the region and the nation.
He has very impressive overall and Little East Conference coaching marks. Overall, he is 298-88-27 and holds an 105-19-9 record in the league and has won eight LEC Championships.
This past fall, the Colonials and Mingachos continued a perfect run of 19 straight years of having a .500 or better campaign, going 16-6-1 and winning the LEC title and a trip to the program's 11th NCAA Division III Championships.
The legendary coach won his 200th game when the Colonials defeated Western New England College, 4-0 on October 23, 2008. He and Western finished with a 15-4-3 overall record that season and captured their eighth Little East Conference title and appeared in their eighth NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round for the fourth straight season.
He led the Western women's soccer program to new heights in 2007. After being named Little East Conference Coach of the Year for the second straight fall, he and the Colonials captured the LEC Tournament title then won four games in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Mingachos' historic run included its first NCAA Regional Championship and the program's first appearance in the national semifinals. Western's Cinderella ride ended in the NCAA Division III Final Four with a 3-0 loss to eventual national champion Wheaton College of Illinois.
The Colonials finished the 2007 campaign ranked fourth, the highest ever ranking, in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
He was named the new Women's Soccer Coach and Assistant Athletic Director for Recreation and Club Sports at Western Connecticut State University in July of 1997. In 2006, he relinquished his duties as Assistant AD and became the school's full-time head coach.
Mingachos, a first-ballot WCSU Hall of Fame inductee in 1999, has an impressive .806 winning percentage which is tops among all active coaches at Western. At the start of the 2003 season, his winning percentage was ranked fourth among all Division III active women's soccer coaches. He captured his 100th win, a 1-0 overtime victory over Stevens Tech on October 31, 2002, in only his 124th game. In the season opener last year, he won his 150th game.
Mingachos was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America New England Coach of the Year and Little East Conference Coach of the Year a year ago.
Prior to being named Head Women's Coach, Mingachos had been the Head Assistant Men's Soccer Coach under Wayne Mones for six seasons from 1991 to 1996. He also coached the Danbury Girl's Premier U-16 Team in 1995 and 1996. Mingachos has been the Director of the Mentoring Program for the Danbury Police Athletic League and the Southwest District Premier Training Director in 1996 and 1997.
Mingachos was an All-American sweeper for Western Connecticut during his senior soccer campaign in 1989. That season, the Colonials finished with a 16-4-2 record and made their first of five-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. During his collegiate career, he was named to the All New England, All New England Intercollegiate Soccer League, and All Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All Star teams.
In 1995, Mingachos, a Danbury, CT native, played professionally for the Connecticut Wolves.
He and his wife Maria have a son Ryan and daughter Kayla and reside in Danbury.