Pfeiffer University

Pfeiffer University Athletics
48380 US Highway 52N Misenheimer, NC 28109
Division 2 North Carolina Southeast
Private Small National competitor


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Tony Faticoni


Head coach Tony Faticoni will be heading into his ninth season at Pfeiffer University, with the 2023 season being his seventh as head coach.

Tony comes to Pfeiffer with a very diverse background within the college game. After finishing up his playing career at Rutgers University, he worked under former Pfeiffer head coach at athletic director, Bob Reasso at Rutgers from 1993-1994, where they made an appearance in the NCAA final four. From Rutgers he took the head coaching job at Centenary College (N.J.) where he won a NSCAA (National Small College Athletic Association) national title (1995) with a record of 17-3-1. The 17 victories remain the highest single season wins total in program history.

After Centenary, he had short stints at Lafayette College under Nelson Rodriguez, as well as the College of N.J. under another legend, coach Joe Russo. Tony left the college game and began a stint in club soccer working with the New Jersey Knights.

Several years later, Reasso would convince him to come to Pfeiffer in 2015, where the team went 25-0 and won the NCAA Division II Championship. Tony remarks, “I have had the pleasure of working under some tremendous coaches, as well as enjoyed a great amount of success and am looking forward to using all my knowledge, experience, and passion to help the Falcons get back to the top!”

Playing Career:

As a Virginia native, Tony played for Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, winning a state championship in 1987. In high school, Tony was named the Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year while being named a High School All-American. After leaving Kempsville, he was recruited to play at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Thomas Jefferson University). The starting goalkeeper, he helped lead them to a pair of NCAA final 16 appearances both his freshman and sophomore year.

Tony then transferred to Rutgers University to finish his college playing career and earned a degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies.

After his collegiate career, Faticoni played for one season in the USISL (United States Interregional Soccer League) professional league with the New Jersey Dragons.

Coaching Philosophy:

One of Tony’s favorite quotes is “Winning isn't everything-but wanting to win is” by Vince Lombardi Jr. He believes players should give a 100%, 100% of the time. That goes for school, soccer, and everything in life. Faticoni looks for talented players, but also players that have a high work rate and strong character. To be successful and to play for coach Faticoni, you need to possess all 3 qualities.

Credentials/ Personal:

Faticoni holds a USSF B license, United Soccer Coaches National Diploma, as well as United Soccer Coaches Level 3 Goalkeeping certification. He also has several certifications through the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). Faticoni resides in Midland, N.C., with his wife Krystal and their two children, Taylor and Trey.

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Scott Martin

Scott Martin has been the Pfeiffer University assistant men's soccer coach since July 2021.

Previously a member of Belmont Abbey College’s coaching staff in 2015, Martin was a first-team assistant and led the reserve team program. Overall, he brings over a decade of coaching experience to Pfeiffer.

Martin’s soccer career and exposure to the top levels of the game received a boost when he joined Total Football Analysis as a tactical analyst.

Since joining TFA in September 2019, he enjoyed a meteoric climb to senior status and had the privilege of working on many client projects, including for EPL, MLS, and A-League clubs.

In addition to coaching and Total Football Analysis content, Martin also served as an Opposition and Performance Analyst for Vélez Club de Fútbol for three seasons, helping them earn promotion from the Spanish Tercera División to the Segunda División RFEF. His time at Vélez CF has also included contributions to the scouting department.

Martin has also published and edited soccer books. His initial contribution to a publication was taking the lead in the "Real Madrid: Preseason Soccer Prospectus 2020/21" project.

Since then, he has penned “Revitalizing Real Madrid: The Tactics and Stats behind Zinedine Zidane’s Success” and co-authored “The Soccer Parenting Handbook: Help Your Kids Get Better While Keeping Your Sanity” with Chris Mumford, a UNC-Chapel Hill professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Martin is also a co-wrote The Football Legacy Magazine, which relives the performances of legendary Champions League winners through a tactical lens.

While playing philosophies and tactical systems are his soccer passions, it’s supporting his players and helping them develop on and off the field that drives his coaching. Martin believes that culture is the primary driver of performance, which requires close attention to leadership development, identifying internal motivations, and crafting a supportive, yet competitive environment.

Martin holds his USSF C License and is an IPSO Foundations of Football Scouting certificate holder.

When he pulls himself away from the game, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Melissa, and their three children, Samuel, Joseph, and Maria.

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