For 33 years, Gerry DiBartolo has been the face of the Salisbury University men's soccer program as he has guided the Sea Gulls to 23 consecutive winning seasons and 27 overall.
DiBartolo has taken his teams to 17 of 20 Capital Athletic Conference championship games coming away with the CAC title seven times. His 399-176-57 (.675) career record has led Salisbury to 12NCAA Division III men's soccer tournament appearances, including four straight from 2002-05.
In 2014, the Sea Gulls made its 12th appearance in the nation tournament, earning an at-large bid. Falling in the first round to the University of Rochester (N.Y.), Salisbury concluded the season with a 12-3-5 overall record, 6-1-2 in the CAC, being named the regular-season champions in the league for the fourth-consecutive season.
Salisbury concluded its 2013 season with a final ranking of No. 19 in the country accorded to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America with an overall record of 18-4, including an 8-0 mark in the Capital Athletic Conference and another trip to the conference championship. The Gulls advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, falling to eventual-national champion Messiah College, 3-0. In final statistics for the season, Salisbury ranked No. 2 in shutout percentage (0.68) with 15 shutouts on the season, while placing sixth in the country in team goals-against average (.49). SU's Logan Becker, Tanner East, Larry Cornish, and Stephen Poorman all were placed on the ECAC South All-Star team.
The Sea Gulls went 9-7-2 overall in 2012 with a 4-1-1 mark in the CAC. They advanced to the league semifinals and had five players named to the All-CAC team, including Pat Callahan, Matt Greene and Chase Humphrey, who claimed first-team honors.
In 2011, the maroon and gold made their 10th overall NCAA tournament appearance. The Sea Gulls went 13-3-4 earning their 19th consecutive winning season. Salisbury placed five players on the All-CAC teams.
In 2010, the Sea Gulls posted a 12-3-5 overall record for their 18th consecutive winning season. SU spent the entire season ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 poll and had seven players garner All-CAC honors.
The Sea Gulls made their third straight and ninth overall NCAA tournament appearance in 2009. In 2009, SU also had the program's 10th All-American in junior midfielder Kyle Sterling. The Sea Gulls ended the 2009 season with a record of 15-3-2; additionally, seven of DiBartolo's players were named to All-CAC teams, including Sterling, who was named CAC Player of the Year.
In 2007, DiBartolo was named the CAC Coach of the Year as he led Salisbury to its fifth conference title and seventh NCAA tournament appearance. DiBartolo received his fifth CAC Coach of the Year award in 2007. He was also named the NSCAA All-South Region Coach of the Year. The Sea Gulls ended the year with a record of 15-4-1, which marked the school's 15th straight winning season.
SU made it to the regional final in 2007, where they lost in a shootout to Virginia Wesleyan College in the second round. The '07 season was a special one for DiBartolo, who totaled his 300th career win at Salisbury on October 20 in a win over Hood. DiBartolo helped the maroon and gold defeat York (Pa.) College and end its 49-game unbeaten mark. Two players, junior goalkeeper Greg Wellinghoff and sophomore midfielder Kyle Sterling, were named to the NSCAA All-South Region and were joined by fellow teammate, sophomore Justin McGrath on the D3kicks.com All-South Region Team. The Sea Gulls tied a national record in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season with a 10-0 victory over The Suny College at Old Westbury. The ten goals tied the record for the most goals scored in Division III history, which was set 37 years ago. Under his tutelage, 13 members were selcted to the All-Academic CAC team.
In 2006, DiBartolo led the Gulls to an 11-5-1 record, the school's 15th straight double-digit winning season. Since 1982, the Sea Gulls have won at least 10 games in 17 seasons. The '06 season also had three of DiBartolo's players earn All-Region honors, the 13th straight year at least one player has been recognized by the south region.
In '04, arguably the best season (20-1-3) in the school's history, the Sea Gulls won their third consecutive CAC title and advanced to the NCAA Final Four. In 1999 and '03 DiBartolo took the Sea Gulls to the national quarterfinals, and in his three other NCAA tournament appearances he led the Sea Gulls to the second round.
Always among the most competitive programs in the South Region, the Sea Gulls made their first major splash on the national scene during a memorable 1999 campaign in which Salisbury finished with an 18-4-1 record and advanced to the elite eight of the NCAA tournament. The Gulls established 12 new team and individual records that season while claiming their first Capital Athletic Conference championship and first NCAA South Region title.
DiBartolo has been named the conference's Coach of the Year six times, winning the honor in '94, '99, '00, '04, '07 and '13. He has also been recognized as the NSCAA's South Region Coach-of-the-Year five times ('92, '99, '02, '03, '04, '07). DiBartolo completed his 31st season in 2008 with a 387-173-52 career mark and ranks as the all-time winningest coach in the program's 71-year history. He reached the 250-win career milestone during the 2004 season with a 3-2 victory at Goucher College.
Honors and awards are nothing new for the well-respected Sea Gull mentor. DiBartolo was recognized as the Maryland Small College Coach of the Year in '83 and '84 as the Gulls captured the Maryland State Championship both seasons. He also led Salisbury to the Eastern States Athletic Conference (ESAC) championship in '87 and '92, and he was recognized as the ESAC's Coach-of-the-Year in '92.
Under the tutelage of DiBartolo, the Sea Gulls have consistently ranked among the national elite, with numerous rankings in the national top 10, topped by a No. 6 ranking during the '02 season and a No. 3 ranking in '04.
A 1975 graduate of Frostburg State University, where he played for four seasons and captained the team as a senior, DiBartolo worked two years as the assistant coach there before moving to the Eastern Shore. He served as a Sea Gull assistant for three seasons before taking over as head coach in 1982. During his tenure, DiBartolo has served as chair of the ECAC's Division III South Tournament selection committee and has also served as a member of the NCAA Division III Tournament selection committee. He is currently regional chair of the NCAA's Men's Soccer Committee.
In addition to his soccer duties, DiBartolo also serves on the faculty in Salisbury's Franklin P. Perdue School of Business. DiBartolo earned his D.B.A. from George Washington University in 1995. He and his wife, Mary, have two children, Dominic and Anthony, and reside in Salisbury.
Coach DiBartolo News
11/13/13 Six Gulls earn All-CAC honors; DiBartolo named CAC Coach of the Year
07/29/08 Chamberlin and DiBartolo promoted to Assistant Athletic Director positions at SU
12/14/07 DiBartolo named NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year
11/07/07 DiBartolo named CAC Coach of the Year; five Sea Gulls make all-conference
10/20/07 DiBartolo wins number 300 on Senior Day
Coach DiBartolo's Record at SU
|1983||8-7-3||Maryland State Champions|
|1984||10-6-3||Maryland State Champions|
|1985||10-7-1||ECAC South Finalists|
|1993||11-7-1||ECAC South Finalists|
|1999||18-4-1||6-1||NCAA Quarterfinalist, CAC Champion|
|2000||17-3||7-0||NCAA Tournament apperance, CAC Champion|
|2002||14-3-2||7-1||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champion|
|2003||16-3-3||6-1||NCAA Quarterfinalist, CAC Champion|
|2004||20-1-3||6-0-1||NCAA Semifinalist, CAC Champion|
|2005||17-3-1||6-1||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Finalist|
|2007||16-4-2||7-1||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2008||15-4-3||5-2-1||NCAA Tournament appearance, CAC Champions|
|2009||15-3-2||7-0-1||CAC Semifinalist, NCAA Tournament appearance|
|2011||13-3-4||7-1||CAC Finalist, NCAA Tournament appearance|
|2013||18-4||8-0||CAC Finalist, NCAA Second-Round Appearance|
|2014||12-3-5||6-1-2||CAC Semifinalist, NCAA First-Round Appearance|
12 NCAA Tournament appearances