Canadian women's national soccer team member and 2012 Summer Olympic Games bronze medalist, Carmelina Moscato, is set to join the University of Wisconsin women's soccer coaching staff as an assistant, head coach Paula Wilkins announced Tuesday.
"We are extremely excited to have Carmelina join our staff," Wilkins said. "She was my first recruit at Penn State and made a huge impact as a player and student-athlete, both on and off the field, and I feel that her presence alone will have an immediate impact on our program at Wisconsin."
Most recently, Moscato served as Canada's starting center back during all six matches of the 2012 Summer Olympics, playing a vital role in her native country earning its first-ever medal in Olympic competition. Moscato, who was serving as an assistant at the University of Louisville during Canada's eighth-place finish during the Beijing Games, guided the Canadian women's national team to a third-place finish in London after defeating France, 1-0 and falling one-goal short of tying the U.S. for an eventual spot in the gold-medal game.
Moscato, who played for Wilkins from 2002-05 at Penn State, brings a wealth of on-field experience, as well as three years of collegiate coaching knowledge to the women's soccer staff at Wisconsin. Before helping the Canadian women's national team to a first-place finish at the 2010 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Mexico, Moscato spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Louisville's women's soccer program.
"I think it's important, here at Wisconsin, that we build and sustain a family-oriented group and I believe Carmelina's acquisition will be huge in maintaining this," Wilkins said. "She has such a high training standard from playing internationally in both the Olympics and multiple World Cups, and to have someone like her join our staff will be very beneficial in helping the players here at UW better achieve their goals and have continued success throughout their careers."
The Penn State grad's playing experience is extensive and includes a pair of silver medals and multiple appearances in the FIFA Women's World Cup. Moscato earned her first silver medal during the FIFA U-19 Inaugural World Championships in 2002, before leading Canada to a third-place finish and a spot in the 2012 London Games during the CONCACAF Olympic qualification tournament earlier this year.
As a member of Penn State's women's soccer team from 2002-05, Moscato was a member of all four Big Ten regular season championships, helping the Nittany Lions earn appearances in the College Cup semifinals during both the 2002 and 2005 seasons.
Moscato earned her Bachelor's degree in communications arts and sciences, with a minor in business, from Penn State in December of 2006.