A winner everywhere he has coached, Ryan Anatol has made a major impact in his eight seasons as the Stony Brook men's soccer head coach, guiding the Seawolves to the 2018 America East Regular Season title, seven America East Conference Tournament appearances, the 2011 America East Championship title, the program's third NCAA Tournament appearance, the program's highest RPI finish and six regular seasons with a winning record including back-to-back 10+ win seasons. Anatol's teams have also excelled in the classroom, earning the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for having a team GPA above 3.0 on six occasions and in 2015-16 Alejandro Fritz was named the America East Man of the Year.
Anatol guided Stony Brook to a 9-6-3 record (5-1-1 in America East play) in 2018. The Seawolves won the America East Regular Season Title and were the #1 seed in the conference tournament for the second time in three season. The staff led by Anatol was awarded the America East Coaching Staff on the Year. Martieon Watson was named America East Midfielder of the Year and three Seawolves, Jared Dass, Serge Gamwanya and Martieon Watson were named United Soccer Coaches All-Region and America East First Team. Christian Miesch was named America East Freshman of the Year, an award the Seawolves picked up for the 2nd time in four seasons.
In 2017 the Seawolves went 7-6-5, including five wins in the program's first seven contests. With a win over Central Conn. State on Sept. 6, 2017, he reached the 50-win mark for his career as a Division I head coach. Anatol helped forward Vince Erdei earn America East Second Team honors, after the senior tallied a team-high eight goals during the regular season.
In 2016, Anatol coached the Seawolves to their highest RPI ranking in program history (43). Stony Brook was the top seed in the America East Tournament, (the #3 ranked conferences in the country for that season) going 4-2-1 in conference play, to earn a No. 9 ranking in the NSCAA East Region.
Stony Brook qualified for the America East Playoffs in 2015, finishing with a 7-7-3 regular season record. During that season, the Seawolves defeated then-No. 17 Hofstra, the highest-ranked opponent the Seawolves have ever defeated in program history. Anatol helped mold midfielder Serge Gamwanya into the America East Freshman of the Year in 2015. Gamwanya would go on to earn first team all-conference honors in 2016 and 2018.
In 2012, Stony Brook recorded its most wins in seven seasons, reached the America East Championship semifinals for the fourth consecutive season and finished with an NCAA RPI of 55, the second-highest in program history. Anatol's veteran 2012 squad enjoyed great success throughout the year, winning seven non-conference matches and then finishing in the top three of America East for the fourth consecutive season. Boasting one of the best offenses in the conference, the Seawolves led America East in goals per game, averaging 1.78, and points per game, averaging 5.11.
In 2011, Anatol's first season in charge at Stony Brook he led them to a 10-6-4 overall record including a 4-2-1 record in America East Play. The Seawolves won the America East Conference Tournament and advanced to the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament where they eventually fell to Monmouth in penalty kicks.
Anatol was named Stony Brook's ninth head coach in program history on Feb. 18, 2011. Anatol came to Stony Brook with a polished résumé that includes 10 years of coaching experience at college soccer's highest level, most recently serving as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida.
Anatol was an assistant under head coach George Kiefer at USF for six seasons, helping the Bulls to an impressive 74-33-18 (.664) record, five NCAA Tournament appearances and one BIG EAST championship. In a conference that has sent seven teams to the NCAA Tournament in four of the last six seasons, the Bulls compiled a 36-18-10 (.641) mark in BIG EAST games during his tenure. Anatol helped guide the Bulls to the Elite Eight of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, the program's best-ever finish.
Anatol also served as USF's recruiting coordinator, helping bring in several top recruiting classes, all six of which were ranked in the top 25 in the nation, according to College Soccer News. Since his arrival at USF, the Bulls have had 23 All-BIG EAST selections, nine All-Region picks and two NSCAA All-Americans (Yohance Marshall and Jeff Attinella). Eight of Anatol' splayers have gone on to be drafted and/or currently play in Major League Soccer.
Anatol has garnered multiple honors for his efforts. He was named one of College Soccer News' Top Assistant Coaches for 2011, one of just 20 assistant coaches in the country to receive the honor. He also was one of only 12 assistants to receive the honor after the 2008 season. In 2009, he was named the NSCAA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Glenn "Mooch" Myernick National Assistant Coach of the Year.
In addition to his work on the field, Anatol has been a mentor to his student-athletes off the field, helping the Bulls earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award for four consecutive years from 2007-10. Two of his student-athletes, Zak Boggs and Francisco Aristeguieta, were named BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Prior to working at USF, Anatol spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Akron, helping lead the Zips to the NCAA Tournament in both seasons, winning the 2004 Mid-American Conference championship and compiling a 28-10-5 record. His efforts helped lay the groundwork for a Zips program that has now won four straight MAC championships and won the NCAA National Championship in 2010.
Anatol played his college soccer at USF from 1997-2000, serving as team co-captain his senior year. He was a member of back-to-back Conference USA championship teams in 1997 and `98, advancing to the Elite Eight of the `98 NCAA Tournament. He graduated from USF with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications in 2002 and then earned his masters degree in Sports Science/Coaching at Akron in 2010. Anatolalso has international experience, playing for his native Trinidad and Tobago's Under 20 National team from 1995-96.
Anatol holds a USSF "A" National Coaching License. He and his wife, Natalie, have a son Anthony, born March, 2008, and a daughter, Ava Rose, born Jan, 2011.
What They are Saying About Stony Brook Head Men's Soccer Coach Ryan Anatol:
"Amongst his peers, Ryan has been voted one of the top assistant coaches in the country for the last three years now, and that's an honor he has rightfully deserved. I value everything he's done here at USF, and he was a big part of how we have become a program that consistently reaches the NCAA Tournament. He's going to be a great head coach, and he's going to be a great fit at Stony Brook University."
- George Kiefer, University of South Florida Head Men's Soccer Coach
"First and foremost, Ryan is a person of quality and character. He's a wonderful role model for student-athletes and will be a great mentor to his players at Stony Brook. Equally, he has a very good mind for the game and he's coached at a high level. It was a privilege to have coached with him at Akron, and he helped bring the program to where it is now. I would expect him to be very successful at Stony Brook."
- Ken Lolla, Former Akron and Current Louisville Head Men's Soccer Coach
"Coach Anatol is a player's coach, and a mentor to all of us at USF. On the field, he made sure we were technically sound, and off the field he made sure we were doing all of the right things. He's been there for me from the first day I was recruited to even now, years after I graduated. I'm proud to call him my coach and friend, and I wish him all the best."
-Zak Boggs, former USF player and current member of the New England Revolution
"As a former player and proud alum, I was honored to be included in the search process for Stony Brook's next men's soccer coach. Coach Anatol has very impressive experience as both a player and a coach, and I know he is prepared and excited to lead Stony Brook back to a conference title and NCAA Tournament. I wish I had another four years of eligibility to play for him as I am sure that Stony Brook men's soccer is headed towards great success with him as the head coach."
-Rob Fucci '06, former captain of Stony Brook men's soccer and current member of the New York Fire Department
Associate Head Coach
Dannie Merida is currently in his eighth season as an assistant coach for the Stony Brook men's soccer team. Merida was promoted to associate head coach by Ryan Anatol on March 23, 2017, after serving as an assistant coach for his first six years with the Seawolves' program.
Merida helped guide Stony Brook to a 7-6-5 record in 2017, including five wins in the program's first seven contests and another postseason conference tournament appearance. The Seawolves' coaching staff helped forward Vince Erdei earn America East Second Team honors, after the senior tallied a team-high eight goals during the regular season.
In 2016, Stony Brook achieved its highest RPI ranking in program history (43). The Seawolves were the top seed in the America East Tournament, (one of the top conferences in the country for the season) going 4-2-1 in conference play, to earn a No. 9 ranking in the NSCAA East Region.
Merida has coached five first-team All-America East selections, 11 second-team selections and nine members of the America East All-Rookie team in his six seasons with the Seawolves. One of those players, Leo Fernandes, went on to become Stony Brook's first ever men's soccer All-American, now starring with the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. Merida helped shaped Fernandes into the America East Conference Midfielder of the Year in 2011 and 2012 as well as mold Fernandes's teammate, Berian Gobeil Cruz, into the America East Striker of the Year in 2011.
Merida, who played collegiately at Florida International University after transferring from Elon University, served as the top assistant coach at Lewis University in Chicago in 2010, and helped them to a GLVC Regular season Championship. Prior to his time at Lewis, he served as the associate head coach at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Ill. In his short time was able to help the JUCCO program to top 15 national ranking.
Along with his collegiate coaching experience, Merida has also worked with the South Kendall Soccer Club and was the associate head coach at Miami Killian High School and Miami Palmetto High School.
Merida holds a Premier Diploma from the NSCAA.
Volunteer Assistan Coach
Cheeseman joins the Seawolves' staff as a Volunteer Assistant Coach heading into the 2018 season. Most recently, he serves as an Assistant Coach for Houston FC (PDL) in 2017, while simultaneously working as Northeast Campus Director for the Texans Soccer Club in Houston. In the past, Cheeseman has served as an assistant coach for South Texas ODP, Dayton Dutch Youth Academy, Keystone College and East Stroudsburg University.
As a player, Cheeseman helped lead East Stroudsburg to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008. He also played professionally for the Dayton Dutch Lions (2012-13) of the USLPRO league. Cheeseman graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2013 with a degree in Sport Management.