Tony Bassett, a 2009 graduate of UMass-Amherst, joined the University of New Hampshire men’s soccer program as an assistant coach in July 2012.
Before UNH, Bassett spent three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater. His responsibilities included organizing training sessions, scouting opponents, recruiting nationally and internationally, video editing, alumni relations, organizing and running youth camps and goalkeeper training. During his tenure at UMass, Bassett mentored three All-New England honorees, nine All-Conference selections and five Academic All-Conference student athletes.
Bassett also has vast experience in coaching at both club and Olympic Development Program (ODP) levels. Working with Western United's Youth Developmental Academy right after graduation in 2008, Bassett moved on to FC Massachusetts in 2011-12 where he worked with the U-10, U-13, U-14 and U-15 New England Premier League boys teams. In March of 2012 Bassett attended the Ajax Futbol Club Coaches Symposium in Amsterdam, and received an Ajax Youth Academy Coaching Certification. In June of 2011, he received his Advanced National Diploma from NSCAA and received his U.S. Soccer National “C” License in June 2010.
During his time as a player at UMass, Bassett was a four-year member of the Minutemen squad as a central midfielder and a left back. Bassett played in 12 games during his freshman year and notched one goal for two points on the season.
In his sophomore campaign, Bassett helped lead the Minutemen to a national ranking of #22, starting all 19 games and tallying three goals and one assist. He also fired a career-high 12 shots during the season.
The following season, he and the squad finished the season ranked fourth in the nation and victors of the Atlantic 10 championship. During the NCAA tournament, the team made a historic run to the College Cup in Cary, N.C.
Despite battling injuries during his senior year, Bassett moved to the left back position and helped anchor UMass to another stellar campaign. The team earned the program’s first at-large bid to the NCAA tournament where they hosted Harvard in the first round of play.