Friday, Apr 2, 2021
Inverso led Vikings to five National Championships, more than 400 wins
by Rider Sports Information
Mercer County Community College has announced that Rider University Men’s Soccer Head Coach Charlie Inverso will be part of its inaugural class of the College’s newly formed Athletic Hall of Fame. Inverso will be formally inducted on June 12 at Trenton Country Club.
Inverso compiled a 434-46-14 record en route to winning five national championships in his 24-year tenure at MCCC. The Vikings won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I title in 1988, 1991, 1995, 1996 and 2004. He took 18 squads to the national tournament, including a run of eight-straight seasons from 2001-08.
Four times Inverso was the National Junior College Athletic Association Coach of the Year and he was inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2006. In April of 2013, Inverso was named to the Wall of Fame in The College of New Jersey Department of Health and Exercise Science.
Inverso’s former players have enjoyed impressive success. Nearly 170 of his former players at MCCC graduated went on to play soccer at their transfer schools. Over 40 former players became college or high school coaches and 16 former players have played professionally. The list has continued at Rider with notable current pro’s Florian Valot (New York Red Bulls) and Jose Aguinaga (El Paso Locamotive).
Since taking over as Rider Head Coach, Inverso has led the Broncs to the NCAA Tournament three times with MAAC Championships in 2015, 2016 and 2018. He’s coached 39 All-MAAC selections, including 16 First-Team honorees, 2016 MAAC Co-Goalkeeper of the Year Ryan Baird and consecutive MAAC Rookies of the Christian Flath (2013) and Florian Valot (2014). Under Inverso’s tutelage in 2016, Flath became Rider’s first All-American since 1972 and Aguinaga also earned the honor a year later.
In addition, Inverso spent time as an assistant coach at Rutgers and Princeton and served as goalkeeper coach for the Under-15 U.S. National soccer team. He co-founded “Mooch Soccer” in 2006 with New Jersey Youth Coach Mike Van Wagner. Mooch Soccer works to make soccer available to underserved children in Trenton in the memory of National Soccer Hall of Famer and Trenton native Glenn "Mooch" Myernick. The program was established to not only give urban youth a recreational program, but also access to high-level coaching. In 2019, he was honored with the United Soccer Coaches with the Latin American Coaches Award of Excellence for his work with the program.
As a player, Inverso was the goalkeeper of the 1974 Notre Dame High School (Lawrence, N.J.) Parochial ‘A’ state championship squad and went on to be a standout player and captain at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), where he earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in physical education.