Russell Payne

Head Men's Soccer Coach

Russell Payne enters his seventh season as the head men's soccer coach at Army in 2016. During his first six years, Payne led the Black Knights to a 37-51-20 overall record. Payne led Army to a 5-8-5 record and its third consecutive Patriot League Tournament appearance in 2015. The Black Knights also defeated service academy-rival Navy for the first time 2008, with a 2-1 victory over the Midshipmen on Nov. 3, 2015 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Three Black Knights were selected to All-Patriot League teams at the conclusion of the regular season, including Cameron Niccum (second team), Christian Clark and Tanner Vosvick (third team). During the 2014 campaign, Payne guided Army to a 6-8-6 record. In 2013, Payne he helped Army to one of the most-successful seasons in program history, guiding the team to a 12-3-3 overall finish. Army collected at least 12 victories for the fifth time in program history during the 2013 campaign, and did so for the first time since 1993. Payne brings wide-ranging soccer experience away from West Point, including his current position as goalkeepers coach for the United States Men’s National Team. Payne first worked with the senior national team during an international friendly against Panama in February 2015 before eventually serving as the full-time goalkeepers coach on head coach Jürgen Klinsmann’s staff. Payne assisted with Team USA at the 2015 Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Gold Cup and the 2016 Copa America.

Assistant Coaches

Rich Costanzo

Assistant Coach

Rich Costanzo begins his third season as an assistant coach for the Army men’s soccer program in 2016. Costanzo helped lead Army to a 5-8-5 record and its third consecutive Patriot League Tournament appearance in 2015. The Black Knights also defeated service academy-rival Navy for the first time 2008, with a 2-1 victory over the Midshipmen on Nov. 3, 2015 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Three Black Knights were selected to All-Patriot League teams at the conclusion of the regular season, including Cameron Niccum (second team), Christian Clark and Tanner Vosvick (third team). In 2014, he helped oversee an Army squad that finished 6-8-6 overall and advanced in the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 1996. The Black Knights drew the sixth seeded in the tournament and played to a 0-0 draw at third-seeded American in the league quarterfinals before winning a 4-3 decision on penalty kicks.