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Janine Bennett has over 20 years in coaching and has been with SDA since 2013. Also in 2013, Janine was inducted into SUNY Cortland’s Hall of Fame. This was an honor for her, as she was being recognized for her outstanding performance as a collegiate soccer player for SUNY Cortland from 1987-1990.

Coaching Experience:

Syracuse Development Academy 13-present
WPSL Binghamton United Assistant Coach 12,13
Empire Revolution Syracuse 11,12 u14,u15,u16 assistant coach
Empire United Soccer Academy Cortland u10 thru u18 2009-present
Crown City FC 98-2008 u10 thru u16
Dryden High School 98-present
Newark Valley High School 95-97
SUNY Cortland Assistant 94
University of the South 92,93

Coaching License:

National Diploma
Physical Education Teacher

Playing Experience:


She was a collegiate soccer player at SUNY Cortland from 1987-1990. In her tenure at Cortland she was Soccer America Top Freshman, a 4x All American and 1990 NCAA Division III Player of the year. SUNY Cortland won the SUNY championship as well as went to the National Championship Tournament each year Janine was there. Cortland finished second place after playing 4 OT periods and ending in a PK shootout her senior year. She was also a SUNY Cortland All American in 87,88,89 and 90 and NCAA Player of the Year in 1990.


Janine grew up on Long Island playing for Long Island Jr Soccer as well as Island Trees Soccer Club. Janine also played in the Empire State Games, Long Island Select and ODP.


College(s) Attended / Degrees:

SUNY CORTLAND BSE Physical Education
MSE Adapted Physical Education



“Janine’s passion for the sport of soccer is extraordinary. The devotion she has to the growth and development of her players is evident on so many levels. She cares not only about their soccer development and their level of fitness to play the game well, but also cares greatly about their mental fitness and their character development, both as an individual and as a team member.”  – Shara

“Above all qualities exhibited by a great coach, Janine demonstrates a dedication to athletes she works with like no one I have ever met. Her expectations of even her youngest athletes, and her willingness to help these athletes achieve such high expectations, creates a sense of accomplishment and positive self esteem early in their lives. Janine’s influence, approval and genuine compassion for the athletes she coaches is something that remains with each and every girl that has the privilege to call her “Coach”. – Jen

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