Nicole Pacapelli enters her third season as head coach of the Queens College women's soccer team in 2018-19 after being hired in June of 2016.
Under Pacapelli’s leadership in her second season, the Knights produced two noteworthy shutout wins over conference oppositions Daemen and NYIT, propelling their strong finish winning three of their last four, only giving up a single goal over that span. Midfielder Guro Eriksen and Forward Erin Vernillo accomplished All-ECC Third Team honors under Pacapelli’s tutelage.
In Pacapelli's first season with Queens, the Knights had two All-ECC selections. Queens also won four home matches, the most for the team since the 2013 season.
Pacapelli joined the Knights after serving as assistant coach at her alma mater New Haven for two seasons.
In her final season with the Chargers, New Haven posted a 10-5-4 mark, earning a Northeast-10 Championship berth. As the Chargers' first assistant coach, Pacapelli was heavily involved with daily practice and game day preparation, which included practice planning, warm-ups, functional training and individual coaching sessions.
Pacapelli's off the field responsibilities included recruitment of potential student-athletes, the management of the student-athlete life balance by acting as a mentor and leader. She also built and retained loyal relationships with alumni and local community members for fundraising and alumni relations, and helped with the marketing and promotional development for games, camps, and clinics. Pacapelli's efforts resulted in the fundraising of $40,000 to take the team on an International Tour to the Cayman Islands.
Pacapelli also is an experienced clinic and camp coach, having spent time as a private coach at E90, and stints with the Joe Machniks No. 1 Soccer and Elite Soccer Camps.
A two-year captain, Pacapelli appeared in 55 matches in her three seasons at New Haven and ranks among the all-time top-20 with 13 career goals to go along with five assists. The Chargers made a pair of Northeast-10 Championship appearances, including the first NE-10 postseason win in program history in 2013, and tallied a record of 31-20-4 with Pacapelli in the midfield.
As a senior, Pacapelli was Second Team All-Northeast-10, NSCAA Third Team All-East, and NEWISA All-New England honoree. Pacapelli competes with the CFC Passion of the Women's Premier Soccer League and coaches youth soccer with the Connecticut Football Club.
During her time at UNH, Pacapelli attended the NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar in January 2016. The Emerging Leaders Seminar provides educational and transitional programming for NCAA graduate assistants and interns who have shown a profound interest in pursuing a career in college sports. Participants gain valuable insight that helps them structure the next steps for their careers.
In 2013, she attended the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, where she networked with decision makers within the NCAA, and learned more about the roles and duties of intercollegiate coaches and athletic administrators.
Pacapelli graduated from UNH in 2014 with a degree in nutrition and dietetics as a Dean's List student and Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll selection. She earned her MBA in May of 2016, with a concentration in sports management. Pacapelli currently holds her US Soccer D coaching license.