Jason Willis enters his fifth year coaching the men's soccer team.
This past season, Coach Willis helped direct the team to its first MASCAC Regular Season title since 2005 and to the conference tournament title game. The Lancers also advanced to the ECAC Division III Tournament semifinals with a win at home against Mount Ida.
During the 2011 campaign, Coach Willis was honored as the Turfer MASCAC Coach of the Year for helping lead the Lancers to their first conference tournament in since 2008. WSU also landed its first ECAC Division III Tournament berth since 2007.
Coach Willis has professional experience as he has played center back for the Western Mass Pioneers since 2004. Coach Willis has also served as a team captain and in 2007 he was named to the All-League First Team in 2007. In 2006, Willis's team competed for the USL Second Division National Championship.
In the 2010 indoor season, Coach Willis played professionally as a back for the Massachusetts Twisters where he was a team captain.
Coach Willis has trained high school soccer teams as a soccer coach at the Leszek Wrona Soccer Academy in Bristol, Connecticut where he has coached both indoor and outdoor leagues since 2004. In the fall of 2006 and 2007 Willis coached freshman boy's soccer team at Ludlow High while he also assisted with the varsity boy's squad.
A 2004 graduate of Southern New Hampshire, Coach Willis was a member of the 2002 Division II national runner-up team as a junior and in 2003 Willis garnered All-Northeast 10 All-Conference Second Team Accolades as a senior.
Coach Willis also attended Holyoke Community College where both of his squads competed for National Championships in 1999 and 2000. While a member of the Panthers, Coach Willis was honored as a NJCAA All-American in both years.
In high school, Coach Willis was a four-year varsity starter who helped Ludlow reach three Western Mass Finals and win a pair of state championships. Coach Willis was named All-State and he was also the Western Mass Finals MVP in his senior season.
Mike Savastra begins his fourth season on the sidelines as an assistant coach. Coach Savastra brings a wealth of experience from playing at the collegiate level where he was a standout midfielder at Southern New Hampshire University.
At SNH, Savastra helped lead the squad to the 2002 Division II National Finals in his sophomore season and in 2003 he was named to the Second Team All-Northeast 10. Savastra finished an outstanding career third all-time in the Penmen record book with 33 assists while the same mark is seventh-best in the Northeast 10 all-time annuls.
Coach Savastra, a native of Glastonbury, CT, also had a one-year stint in 2006 at Assumption. Savastra graduated from Southern New Hampshire in 2005 with his degree in Business Administration.
Paul Membrino enters his second year as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer team. Coach Membrino returns to his alma mater after he helped lead the Lancers to the MASCAC Regular Season Championship, the MASCAC Tournament Championship and the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2005.
After Coach Membrino graduated from Worcester State in 2009 with his degree in communications, he moved to Denver, Colorodo and worked for the Skyline Soccer Association as the Director of Coaching. Coach Membrino was primarilty responsible for training the U6-18 club teams on the technical and tactical aspects of the game.
This past year coach Membrino helped guide the Nashoba Regional High boy’s soccer team to the regular season league championships.
Coach Membrino currently works with the NEFC as the U10 Boys Age Group Coordinator and is the coach of the U9, U10 and U11 boys teams while he also is associated with the FC Puma Soccer Academy which hosts soccer camps held in Massachusetts during the summer.
As a volunteer, Coach Membrino also is responsible for assisting the Walpole and Stow youth soccer programs where he assists with creating and implementing the training sessions.
In addition to helping lead the Lancers to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 as a freshman. As a junior, he also helped lead the Blue and Gold to the semifinals of the MASCAC Tournament and the ECAC Division III New England Tournament.
Coach Membrino currently holds his USSF National “B” License and his National Youth License.