Former two-year varsity letterwinner Adam Phaiah returns to the staff as an assistant coach under tenth-year head coach Greg DeVito.
A native of Danielson, Phaiah appeared in 34 of a possible 39 matches under former head coach Frantz Innocent as a midfielder and defender in the 2003 and 2004 seasons, starting ten. He came to Eastern after a two-year career at Mitchell College in New London.
Coach DeVito on Coach Phaiah: “Coach Phaiah is a huge reason for the success of our program. He handles many of the behind the scenes functions that make our program what it is. As a former Warrior, Coach Phaiah will do whatever it takes to get our program to the next level.”
Phaiah, co-director of the Eastern Connecticut State University Youth Soccer Camps, has served as an administrative assistant with the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association in Farmington and formerly served on the coaching staff of the U-14 boys’ Northeast United Premier Soccer Club.
Having secured a USSF “C” national coaching license, Phaiah holds an Associates Degree in Physical Education from Mitchell College, a B.S. Degree in Physical Education with a minor in Sport and Leisure Management and an M.S. Degree in Educational Technology from Eastern.
Phaiah teaches Physical Education and Health in the Stonington Public School system and resides in Noank with wife Jennifer and three year old twin sons Landon and Blake.
Maxim Fantl enters his first year on the staff of head coach Greg DeVito.
Fantl never missed a match in a four-year, 83-game career between 2006 and 2009 -- starting all but one over his final three seasons -- and helping the Warriors compile an overall record of 49-21-13. Fantl played three seasons under DeVito, the Warriors compiling a 15-3-3 Little East Conference regular-season record under the current head coach, and winning two regular-season titles and their first two LEC playoff championships.
A two-time team captain, Fantl led the team in points and goals each season, finishing his career with 49 goals, 20 assists, and 118 points (third all-time in program history). Fantl was a three-time All-New England Region selection (twice named to the first team), four-time All-LEC selection (three times named first team), two-time LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Year, and LEC Rookie-of-the-Year. Also a four-year member of the lacrosse program, the West Hartford native capped his soccer career in 2009 as the ECAC New England Division III Player-of-the-Year and as the CJSA Ed Tremble Player-of-the-Year Award recipient.
Off the field, Fantl earned an E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award in both seasons of eligibility and qualified for the LEC All-Academic Team in all three years of eligibility. As a senior, he earned first-team NSCAA Scholar All-America and second-team CoSIDA All-District distinction and remains the only student-athlete to be named Eastern Male Athlete-of-the-Year and Geissler Senior Male SportsPerson-of-the-Year Award in the same year.
Fantl graduated with a B.S. Degree in Health and Physical Education from Eastern and earned his M.A. in Education from Castleton University in 2014. He resides in his hometown of West Hartford with wife Sumi.
Assistant Coach - Goalkeepers
Having previously assisted under former head coach Frantz Innocent and current head coach Greg DeVito, former four-year starting keeper Phil Stevens returns to the staff as the goalkeeper trainer.
A Tolland native, Stevens has directed goalkeeper camps all over the country through Dan Gaspar's Star Goalkeeper Academy. As a graduate student at Kent State University following his graduation from Eastern, Stevens trained the Division I women's goalkeepers at KSU.
Under Innocent at Eastern, Stevens appeared in goal in 74 of the team’s 76 matches, starting 55 of 56 matches over his final three seasons, and backstopping the Warriors to 4-2-0 records in the Little East Conference in three of his four seasons.
In his career, Stevens recorded ten full-match shutouts and started six additional matches that ended in shutout. His first start came in the team’s sixth match in 1993 and his first full match shutout came in his fifth career start in 1993, 1-0 road verdict over Wesleyan University, ranked No. 6 in New England at the time. A memorable shutout came in an overtime draw at Westfield State in 1994, Stevens making 17 saves – one behind his all-time career high.
As a senior in 1996, Stevens registered five full-match shutouts in 18 starts, starting in goal in three additional team shutouts. That year, Stevens became the program's first first-team All-LEC keeper, leading the circuit in save percentage (.850), goals-againt average (0.95) and shutouts, and was nominated to compete in the NEISL Senior All-Star Game.
At Eastern, Stevens was a two-time team captain, three-time team MVP and three-time recipient of the team’s Leadership Award, and as a senior, was co-recipient of the team’s Scholar-Athlete Award and an E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award qualifier.
Through 2015, Stevens remains the program’s all-time goalie leader in minutes (7,360) and saves (623/nearly twice as many as his closest competitor), is second in appearances and starts (63), tied for fifth in full match shutouts and is eighth in goals-against average (1.20). As a part-time field player, Stevens also collected four goals and three assists.
Following a three-year tenure as an assistant principal in his hometown, Stevens has worked the last five years as an elementary school principal in Willington.
Stevens holds a B.S. Degree in Physical Education and Sport & Leisure Management from Eastern, an M.S. Degree in Physical Education from Kent State and a Sixth Year Certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut.
Stevens and wife Kristin reside in Willington with their two children, Adeline, 9, and Griffin, 7.