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Cape's Nardiello retires as soccer coach

August 24, 2014
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

After seven years of guiding the Cape Coral High School boys varsity soccer coach Aldo Nardiello has retired from high school coaching. He led the Seahawks to a 124-27-22 record, including three district championships, six FHSAA State Tournament appearances, and the school's first and only FHSAA Class 4A State Championship.

"From the moment I was hired by Dr. Nancy Graham, it's been an absolute honor and joy to coach and teach at Cape High. I will always be deeply grateful to all those who helped to facilitate our success," Nardiello stated.

Nardiello was elated to learn that his successor and new head coach will be Paolo Acosta. Acosta a four-year varsity letter-winner and graduate of Cape High International Baccalaureate program, served as the team's co-captain and led the Seahawks' State Championship winning team during his senior year in 2011. Since graduating from Cape High, Paolo has earned his United States Soccer Federation National "C" coaching license and is the "rising star" of the Cape Coral Soccer Association's coaching staff. CCSA director of coaching Eddie Carmean, himself a Seahawk soccer alumnus, stated that "coach Paolo has done an outstanding job with the CCSA and is indeed highly qualified to take over the Cape High program." According to Nardiello, "The narrative couldn't be more fitting or perfect. You have the co-captain of our state championship team and the most promising young coach in the local soccer community returning to lead the next generation of gifted players at his Alma Mater."

Acosta understands that this new position carries certain expectations, but feels confident going forward.

He said, "I know there will be many eyes on me and the program in this transitional year and I look forward to facing the strong competition we have locally while continuing to grow Cape High's boys' varsity soccer reputation in the state of Florida."

"I am thankful to principal Scott Cook and his wonderful staff for believing in me and giving me this honor as the new head coach," said Acosta. "I know they will be providing tremendous support during this journey ahead."



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