TCU women’s soccer head coach Eric Bell has announced the addition of Tom Serratore to the staff. He will take over as the goalkeeper coach. Serratore comes to TCU after three seasons at Oregon.
“He’s a rising star in our business,” said Bell. “Throughout the interview process, his resume rose to the top. We checked all his references and nothing but good things came from our chats about him. We had an opportunity to bring him on campus and get to know him. He is on the same page with what we are trying to do as far as building a top-tier women’s soccer program and compete for national championships. He’s all about that and I think he’s going to be able to help us do that.”
In his time at Oregon, he served as the Player Development/Camp Director. Over the course of his time with the Ducks, the goalkeepers amassed 16 shutouts. They boastes a .714 save percentage.
“I’m really excited to come here, be a Horned Frog and get to work with an amazing staff,” said Serratore. “I’m appreciative of Eric and his trust in me to come down here and work with the team. I’m excited for the move and a new challenge in my career. I like to win and look forward to doing that here.”
His main protégé in Oregon over the last three seasons, Halla Hinriksdóttir, has left her mark on the Ducks’ record book. She ranks seventh all-time with 141 saves, fifth all-time with nine shutouts and 15 victories. She started all 199 games in 2017 and played all but 85 minutes in goal while posting a .742 save percentage.
During the 2016 season, Katelyn Carter, Hinriksdóttir and Lauren Holden combined for 63 saves throughout the season with a save percentage of 0.708%.
In 2015, Hinriksdóttir compiled a 1.17 GAA and made 39 saves in her 14 starts. Her GAA is the fifth-best in program history for a single season and the 16 goals she allowed is tied for the second-lowest margin ever in Oregon soccer single-season history.
A 2015 graduate of Valparaiso University, Serratore spent five years as a member of the Crusaders’ men’s soccer squad.
When he was not competing on the pitch, Serratore was providing instruction at Camp Shutout, Chicago Fire Jr. summer camps and camps being put on by the Valparaiso coaching staff. Serratore was also the junior varsity and varsity summer league coach for his alma mater, Andrew High School.
Serratore was a decorated high school, club and collegiate athlete. He set the school record for career (21) and consecutive (6) shutouts while competing at Andrew High School and he won two national championships with his club team, Chicago Magic. He also won a national title while competing with the Illinois ODP team.
While at Valparaiso, Serratore helped lead the squad to the 2011 Horizon League championship and he was also selected to the Horizon League Academic All-League squad and earned a spot on the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll.
Serratore graduated Valparaiso with a degree in secondary education and kinesiology along with a minor in non-profit promotions in communications. He was named the inaugural recipient of the Crusader Athletics’ prestigious Anderson-Hoffman Memorial Service Award for his community service efforts.
Serratore helped raise over $150,000 during his tenure at Valparaiso as he worked with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for childhood cancer research. His tireless work and commitment to fundraising earned him the cover of the summer 2013 issue of NCAA Champion Magazine.
Serratore hails from Tinley Park, Ill. and is a 2010 graduate of Victor J. Andrew High School.