Buccilla, who played for Khettry at St. Bonaventure, most recently served as the girls’ head varsity coach at Canal Winchester High School in Winchester, Ohio. In addition to her duties at CWHS, Buccilla also coached the Barcelona Ohio FC U12 & U13 club teams.
“Any time there is a coaching change, you have an opportunity to improve, and I believe Emily will make this program better,” said Khettry. “Emily, for me, is going to be the best model for any young woman we bring into our program because she is exactly the kind of person character-wise we want to recruit. She was a good soccer player but she’s an even better person.”
Buccilla has been coaching since graduating from St. Bonaventure with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts in 2012. She spent one year as head coach of the U12 Pickerington (Ohio) Blast, and was the assistant girls track coach at Ridgeview Junior High and the junior varsity girls’ soccer coach at Pickerington North High School.
“The opportunity to coach under someone I played for is exciting,” said Buccilla. “I had a great experience playing for Manoj. The atmosphere at Stetson is a huge plus. Stetson is very similar to St. Bonaventure as far as the feel of the college, and the support from the campus community. This is a good fit for me.”
Buccilla was a four-year letter winner and team captain at St. Bonaventure where she was part of the winningest senior class in SBU history, the first senior class to go to four straight Atlantic 10 Championships.
“Emily tore her ACL as a senior just before the conference season in 2011 and she was playing the best soccer of her career at that point and yet that didn’t prevent her from being a great leader,” said Khettry. “She was always willing to do what we asked of her as a leader. She’s a very positive and mature young woman.”
Several former St. Bonaventure assistants applauded Buccilla's hire, including current Harvard University assistant Kerry O’Malley Baldwin, agree.
“I had the pleasure of coaching Emily for two seasons at St. Bonaventure University,” said O’Malley Baldwin. “Emily is a leader who has an innate ability to connect with others. Her composure, knowledge of the game, and positive demeanor will make her a fantastic assistant coach as she becomes part of the Hatter family".
Current UMass assistant coach Rebecca Capinera agreed.
“Emily is a positive young female coach who is eager to learn and develop as a professional. She is not only passionate about the game, but she is committed to making a difference on and off the field. Emily is a great role model for young female student-athletes and I am confident that she will make an immediate impact at Stetson University.”
Rich Schreiner, associate head coach at Seattle University said Buccilla "was a successful student-athlete because of her technical ability, maturity and commitment to reaching her full potential. I have no doubt that those same qualities will make her a great collegiate coach, as she demonstrates, mentors and helps Manoj lead the young women at Stetson."
Buccilla is a native of Pickerington, Ohio.