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Jun 19, 2018
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Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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Robert Acunto

Class of 1988, Soccer

 Although Rob began his sophomore year (1985) on the junior varsity soccer team, by mid-season he was called up to the varsity team by Head Coach Neal Evans. Rob quickly established himself as a dangerous scoring threat at the varsity level and earned a starting position soon after being called up to the varsity team.

As a junior, Rob lead the varsity team in scoring, including the first goal of the Spartan’s 2-1 victory over perennial powerhouse Shenendehowa in the 1986 Class A (now Class AA) Section II Championship game. After winning the Section II title, the 1986 soccer team went on to win their New York State tournament regional semi-final game where Acunto scored both goals in the team’s 2-0 victory over Middletown. The 1986 soccer team’s successful run included an 11-game winning streak, which eventually landed the team in a state tournament quarterfinal round match before losing to the eventual state champion, New Rochelle. The 1986 team also achieved an overall record of 19 wins and 3 losses. Rob was also named a Suburban Council All-Star following the 1986 season. In his senior season (1987), Acunto was named a team captain and again lead the Spartans in scoring on their way to capturing the Suburban Council Gold Division title with a record of 13-3-1. Following the 1987 season, Rob received recognition as a First Team Suburban Council All-Star and was also selected as the Section II Class A Player of the Year and the Section II Overall Player of the Year. He was also named to the Third-Team All-New York State team, finishing his BH-BL career with over 50 goals scored at the varsity level.

Following graduation from Burnt Hills in 1988, Acunto went on to play college soccer at Southern Connecticut State University and Bryant College. In his freshman year Rob was a member of the Southern Connecticut team that reached the NCAA Division II National Semifinals. After transferring to Bryant College in 1989, Rob went on to become a two-year team captain at Bryant, a Northeast-10 Conference All-Star and a New England Region All- Star Team honoree. Rob earned his bachelor’s degree from Bryant College in 1992 and also graduated with cum laude honors.

After working in the business world for two years Rob enrolled at Springfield College and earned his Masters of Education in Sports Management while also serving as the Graduate Assistant Coach for the Springfield College men’s soccer team from 1994 to 1996. Rob then went on to coach men’s college soccer at Bard College and Vanderbilt University before turning his attention to athletic administration. During his professional career in collegiate athletic administration Rob has worked at prestigious NCAA Division I academic institutions including Cornell University, American University and is currently the Associate Athletic Director at The Citadel located in Charleston, South Carolina.

At the BH-BL Class of 1988’s 20-year reunion Rob reconnected with a fellow classmate, Jennifer (Langsam), and the two were married in June 2012. Jen, a registered nurse, and Rob currently live in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.