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Cosimo Patano

Cosimo Patano

Playing Experience & Accomplishments:

College :

Western Illinois University (Division I)

Tournament Champions 2010
Appeared in NCAA Tournament 2010
The Summit League All-Tournament Team 2010
Team Captain 2010
WIU Athlete of the Week 2010
Scored 7 career goals and 4 assists

High School: 

East Leyden High School- Franklin Park, IL

All-State 2006
All-Area 2006
All-Conference 2003-2006
Team Captain 2005, 2006


International Soccer Club

Metropolitan Soccer League

Costa Guerrero

Hispano Soccer League

ELA Soccer Club

USASA National Championship (ELA U-23)
USASA Regional Championship (ELA U-23)

Maroons Soccer Club
FC United Soccer Club

Coaching Experience:

Plainfield East High School, 
Head Varsity Soccer Coach -  June 2014-Present

Coerver Coaching, Soccer Trainer -  Fall 2013-Present

Green and White Soccer Club, Soccer Coach - Fall 2013-Present

Elite Academy, Coach and Personal Trainer - 2012-Present

Macomb Senior High School, Head JV /Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach - Fall 2011

Western Illinois University Men’s Soccer Student Assistant - Fall 2011    


Coaching License:

Holds USSF National “C” Coaching License
Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma 

Cosimo Patano

Why did you choose to play soccer?

Growing up in an Italian household, I was exposed to the game of soccer at a very young age. Our Sunday family ritual consisted of watching AC Milan on TV together. At the age of 5, my older brother and I began to play soccer with my dad in the backyard. My love for the game took off and I have been playing ever since. The game has provided me with irreplaceable memories and opportunities. While playing on my club teams and throughout my college experience playing for Western Illinois University. I have had the opportunity to play all over the United States, as well as outside of the country in Italy and Croatia. I have made many lifelong friendships with teammates, as well as relationships with my coaches who have inspired me to become a soccer coach today.

Why did you choose to coach soccer?

Throughout my soccer career I have had several influential soccer coaches who have inspired me to become a soccer coach myself. They taught me so much about the game of soccer including fundamentals, formations, positioning and game smarts. Most importantly, they instilled confidence in me and always pushed me to give my best on the field. They taught me the importance of hard work and leadership, which are lifelong qualities that have made me successful in college and as a high school Physical Educational teacher, My goal is to inspire my athletes to become the best players they can be and to be a positive role model for them in hopes that someday they will follow in my footsteps.