Guglielmo, Marra Join NYIT WSOC Coaching Staff

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Kim Marra (in white) shown playing for the Long Island Rough Riders. Photos provided by Kim Marra.

As Karim Diallo prepares for his first season as head coach of NYIT’s women’s soccer team, he rounding his coaching staff into place with the addition of two of Long Island Rough Riders players.

Melissa Guglielmo and Kim Marra will be on the sidelines with Diallo for the fall season, joining former NYIT players Jonathan Rico and Dina Simonian on the team’s coaching staff. Guglielmo and Marra play for Diallo on the Long Island Rough Riders United Women’s Soccer team.

Guglielmo, a graduate of West Babylon High School, played goalkeeper at Dowling College while Diallo was on the staff. A four-year starter, she was named East Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year as a senior and played on two conference championship teams. Guglielmo had a 0.79 GAA, 216 saves and 24 shutouts at Dowling from 2011 through 2014.

Her sister, Grace, will be a freshman midfielder on the NYIT soccer team this fall.

“Melissa knows the conference really well,” Diallo said. “She was very successful for us at Dowling. She will be working with our goalkeepers, which will be a tremendous help for them.”

Marra graduated from Sayville High School where she was named to the All-State team and earned the Suffolk County Small School Player of the Year award in 2011. She continued her career at Iona College and captained the Gaels her final two seasons, in 2014 and 2015. During her collegiate career, she appeared in 68 matches, tallying four goals and one assist.

A midfielder, Marra also played with Rough Riders in 2017 and was named the UWS Eastern Conference Player of the Year while captaining the squad.

“Kim is a great leader on my team right now,” Diallo said. “She was a successful Division I player and we share similar views in terms of the way the team is organized and plays. I don’t have an assistant coach with the Rough Riders and she serves as my assistant coach. She’s hardworking. I think her experience will help the kids on the field.”