Born in Palermo, Sicily in 1951, the passion of soccer had an immediate impact on Luigi Trentacoste’s life.
His career started in the professional youth system in Palermo and carried over to the USA when his family moved to Newark. In New Jersey, he played for Montclair, with Carlos Borja’s Pichincha, Sicilian American Soccer Club, and Mamma Lucia.
Under the direction of Charles Stillitano and Tony Doria, he also played for the L.I.A.C. Select Team. Under Mario De Paola, he played for the Vallatese International, with Michele Reyna. He also played for Uruguay Cerro, Luso Americano, and Sport Club Portuguese, under coach Joe Manso.
Luigi founded the Newark International Team, in the L.I.A.C., where he coached Chico Borja prior to Chico going to the NY Cosmos. Later in life he formed the Over-30 Palermo Team with his long-time friend, Franco Maneri.
In 1999, he joined Phillip Iuliano and Rui Aquiles, and the trio formed the U.S. PARMA Men’s Semi-Professional Team where Luigi served as the Head Coach for a decade. The team started in the Garden State League and then promoted to the Champions League in 2004.
In 2004, U.S. PARMA initiated the starte of boys and girls youth teams. Luigi was appointed as the Clubs Technical Director, where he remains active. In addition to his responsibilities as Technical Director, Luigi also coaches several U.S. PARMA Youth Teams in order to ensure the proper development for the young players.
In 2009, his experience was vital in forming an affiliation with U.S. PARMA and Atalanta Bergamo Calcio (Italy). In an exchange, Chaches from Atalanta BC visit every year and conduct a week long training program for the youth players of U.S. PARMA. Several players from the program are then selected to visit Italy for an experience both on and off the field. They are exposed to professional coaches and players ranging from the Italian youth programs, primavera team, and the first team.
Recently, Luigi was offered the Women’s Head Coaching position at County College of Morris which he starts this Fall.
Luigi and his wife Francesca have two children, Antimo and Sabrina, and reside in Randolph. Off the field, he has owned his own construction business for 30 years.