Joenal Castma begins his second year as an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Castma assists in all aspects of the program with an emphasis on attacking players. His collegiate, international and professional experience has been an outstanding asset to the Panthers' women's soccer program.
"Joenal has played at a high level and has the ability to show our players how to step up their game," Pitt Head Coach Sue-Moy Chin said. "He loves the game and he brings a great passion to the training sessions and our team. Our players feed off his excitement."
Castma enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at both St. John's (1994-96) and Massachusetts (1996-98). At St. John's, he earned Big East Tournament Most Valuable Player honors and ranked second in the league in scoring. Castma transferred to Massachusetts where he earned letters in both 1996 and 1997. In 29 career games and 14 career starts, Castma totaled 10 goals, three assists and 23 points. He ranked third on the team in scoring as a senior.
Following his collegiate career, Castma played with several professional A-League soccer teams in the United States including the Boston Bulldogs (1998-99), Minnesota Thunder (1998-99) and most recently, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (1999-2002).
Additionally, Castma brings international experience to the Panthers. He played two stints on the Haitian National Team in both 2000 and 2002. In 2000, he played for Haiti in the Caribbean Cup. His other international experience includes a stint with the Polish Second Division squad Lechia Gdansk.
Castma has also experienced coaching success on the local USSF youth levels with the Penns Forest program. He helped guide the Penns Forest Girls Under 14-17 squad to the 2005 State Cup and the Raleigh Shootout Finals. He also led the Penns Forest Boys Under-12 team to the 2005 State Cup, No. 8 national ranking and No. 1 regional ranking.
In addition to his coaching duties, Castma also serves as a personal trainer. He tutors individual players on executing moves, improving speed and increasing explosiveness with the ball. Castma has trained two Under-16 National Team players.
Born on Long Island, N.Y., Castma is the youngest of five siblings. He has four sisters and his parents--Joseph and Jacqueline--are both natives of Haiti.
THE JOENAL CASTMA FILE
Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
Education: BA, Massachusetts, 2000.
Family: Parents Joseph and Jacqueline, youngest of five siblings with four sisters.
Coaching Career: Assistant Coach, University of Pittsburgh, 2006-present; Head Coach, Penns Forest Club Team.
Playing Career: Haitian National Team, 2000-2002; Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 1999-2002; Minnesota Thunder, 1998-99; Boston Bulldogs, 1998-99; University of Massachusetts, 1996-98; St. John's University, 1994-96.