Kara Bucci Joins Manhattan Women’s Soccer Staff
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan women's soccer head coach Brendan Lawler announced the recent hiring of former Jasper standout defender Kara Bucci '11 who will serve as the top assistant on his staff. Bucci started 59 of 70 appearances over her career and was a two-time team captain. The three-time MAAC All-Academic Team honoree was a key part of a Jaspers defensive unit that posted 20 shutouts during her four years with the program.
"I am very thankful for the opportunity to return to the Manhattan College family and be a part of the women's soccer program once again," said Bucci.
Bucci brings a plethora of instructional experience to the program from her time as a counselor at several collegiate soccer camps and clinics. Additionally, Bucci has worked as an evaluator for the Eastern New York Olympic Development Program.
"When thinking of quality people to fill the assistant coaching role, Kara quickly became our top choice," explained Lawler. "It will be great to have such a positive role model rejoining our women's soccer program. Kara was always an extension of the coaching staff on the field as a player, especially in her time as a team captain. I am excited for her to bring all that she has to offer back to the program."
Bucci, a native of Newburgh, N.Y., scored five points over her career, including two goals and one assist. In four seasons, Bucci helped lift the Jaspers to 27 wins and 11 draws. Bucci enjoyed a break out campaign during her sophomore year when she started all 16 appearances contributing to five shutouts and a minimal 1.32 goals against average. As team captain in her final two seasons, Bucci led Manhattan to nine shutouts.
A true student-athlete, Bucci was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll three times during her career. She graduated from Manhattan with a bachelor's of arts degree in psychology.