Celebrating the career of former coach Nick Gaudioso
The Carnegie Mellon athletic department has announced the retirement of men’s soccer coach Nick Gaudioso after 27 years of experience with the Tartans. Director of Athletics Susan Bassett released a statement commenting on the retirement.
“We are grateful for Mr. Gaudioso’s years of dedicated service and congratulate him on his many achievements, including most notably, five University Athletic Association (UAA) championships, six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, and four Coach of the Year awards. We join Coach Gaudioso’s current and former team members and their families in wishing Nick and his family well.
“As a continuing member of the Carnegie Mellon community, we expect that he will be in the stands cheering on and inspiring the university’s soccer team as it builds on the strong foundation and many successes that he helped them to achieve,” Bassett said.
In an interview, senior Chris Watts said, “Playing under Nick was the best experience for me during my four years at CMU. He taught me how to balance the rigorous academics along with the high quality of athletics of the UAA conference.
“Nick expected the best from each of his players, and this mindset has allowed me to be successful in the classroom and the professional world,” Watts said.
“I consider him a mentor as well as a friend, and this relationship with him enabled the team to be successful on the field. I am very honored and proud to say I have played under Nick and will take the lessons he taught me and use them throughout all of my future endeavors,” Watts said.
The athletic department will celebrate Coach Gaudioso’s career with an alumni game on Saturday, April 19 during Spring Carnival. Current and former players and their families are welcome to join the celebration on campus.