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Campisi Retires as Shenendehowa Boys’ Soccer Coach

You could say that Shenendehowa athletic director Chris Culnan will be quite busy looking for coaches. For the third time this season, another longtime veteran coach at Shenendehowa is retiring.

Photo courtesy Kristie Heffner

Mike Campisi announced on Monday that he is stepping down as the Plainsmen varsity boys soccer coach. But, he will remain in the program as a mentor and assistant.

Football coach Brent Steuerwald and girls varsity basketball coach Ken Strube decided to go that route already.

“After 32 years of doing soccer year-round, it takes a toll. I have been considering retiring for at least the past year. I will now mentor all three levels at Shen and also train the goalkeepers,” said Campisi.

Campisi has been the Shenendehowa coach for 32 years, putting together one of the most successful programs in the state, including a 534-91-60 record, six state championships (1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2005) , 17 Section II titles. 14 regional crowns, and 23 Suburban Council titles.

The 1988 and 1991 teams were special because they were ranked the best in the nation. In addition, Shen had a 69-game winning streak and a 70-game unbeaten streak from 1990-92. During that stretch they were 24-0 in 1990, 23-0 in 1991 and 22-0-1 in 1992.

A graduate of Cortland State, Campisi teaches science in Shenendehowa High School West.

“I have nothing but fond memories of the past 32 years. Many coaches are still trying to win their first sectional, regional or state title. Our accomplishments at Shen have far exceeded my expectations. To win six state titles and to be ranked #1 in the USA twice is just incredible,” said Campisi. “The sign of a good coach is what they accomplish when they are coaching, but more importantly what happens in the program when they leave. I feel that I am leaving the program in good shape and in good hands. There are many more state titles in Shen’s future.”

Article by Mike Collar



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