In his second season on the Hilltop (2013), SMU won nine games and had two players earn All-American Athletic Conference recognition. He also won his 350th career game as a Division I head coach in SMU’s 6-1 victory over ULM on Aug. 23, 2013. In his first season at SMU (2012), Petrucelli led the Mustangs to an undefeated record at home (5-0-2) and four Mustangs took all-conference honors.
In 2014, Petrucelli guided a young team to seven wins and the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Championship. Freshman Claire Oates was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year and second-team all-conference.
The 2016 team earned a 3rd place finish in AAC regular season and runner-up in the conference tournament. This earned them a bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years. SMU ended the 2016 season with one player earning All-Region honors and 6 players earning All-Conference honors.
The seven-time conference Coach of the Year came to the Hilltop after spending 13 seasons as head coach of the Texas women’s soccer program where he compiled a 165-88-26 mark and signed some of the nation’s top recruiting classes. Under his tutelage, Texas captured back-to-back Big 12 postseason titles (2006-07) and the program’s first Big 12 regular season title in 2001. He guided the Longhorns to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances (2001-08, 2010-11), including runs to the third round (round of 16) in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
Chris is a former U.S. Under-21 National Team coach and current Head Coach for Region III Olympic Development Program (ODP). He is also the liaison for U.S. Soccer North Texas Training Center.
“I’m excited to be a part of such a fine university,” said Petrucelli. “SMU’s Athletic Department has shown a great commitment to soccer over a long period of time.