Al Alvine – Women’s Soccer Coach

Al Alvine – Women’s Soccer Coach

Al Alvine enters his 10th season at the helm of the Dukes in 2021. The Dukes’ all-time winningest coach boasts a record of 66-74-20 on the Bluff and 33-41-9 in Atlantic 10 play.  

It took just four seasons for him to accomplish what nobody had done in program history – capture an Atlantic 10 championship and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Alvine, who inherited a three-win team prior to the 2012 season, quadrupled that total in four short years, setting a program record with 12 victories in 2015. His teams have totaled 11 or more wins three times during his tenure.

In his first year with the Dukes, Alvine doubled the team’s win total and followed with six more victories in 2013. The 2013 team helped form the foundation for later success with Maddie Layman and Maggie Mayo both earning spots on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. It marked the first time since 2004 that Duquesne had two players on the All-Rookie team and the first time since 2007 that the Dukes had a member of the All-Rookie squad.

In that memorable 2015 post season, Alvine guided the seventh-seeded Dukes to the program’s first post season win, 1-1 on penalty kicks over second-seeded Dayton. It was the first time since 1999 that DU had defeated the Flyers, who were the defending A-10 champions. In the semifinal round, the Dukes upset La Salle, 2-1, before shutting out Fordham, 2-0, to secure the program’s first NCAA Championship bid.

Alvine has coached four First Team and three Second Team All-Atlantic 10 picks, including 2017 A-10 Midfielder of the Year Linnea Faccenda. Six of his players have earned spots on the A-10 All-Rookie Team.

His teams have established a winning mentality, especially at Rooney Field. Over the past seven seasons (2015-2020), the Dukes have boasted a 38-15-8 record on the Bluff, while outscoring the opposition by a mark of 104-50. 

Off the field, 11 of Alvine’s players have been named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team.

Alvine was named the fifth head coach in Duquesne women’s soccer history on December 29, 2011.

Alvine came to the Bluff after spending five seasons as head coach at California University of Pennsylvania where he was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Coach of the Year in 2009 & 2011.

Alvine, who went 4-15-1 in his first season, led the Vulcans to a 73-28-11 (.701) record including a 38-2-6 mark over his final two seasons. In 2011, he guided Cal U to an undefeated regular season before falling to eventual National Champion Saint Rose in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Championship. The 2011 Vulcans finished 20-1-2, won their first-ever Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship and finished ranked No. 6 in the final NSCAA Top 25 Poll. Cal U qualified for the NCAA Division II Championship in each of Alvine’s last three seasons.

Alvine produced 21 All-PSAC selections, two PSAC Athletes of the Year, two PSAC Freshmen of the Year and two Academic All-Americans in his five seasons at Cal U.

A native of Butler, New Jersey, Alvine began his coaching career at Castleton (Vt.) State in 2002, and moved on to Saint Anselm (N.H.) prior to the 2005 season. He accepted the Cal U position after leading Saint Anselm to the Northeast 10 semifinals in 2006.


Season Team Overall Conf. Finish Postseason
2002 Castleton State 6-13-1

2003 Castleton State 15-5-1

2004 Castleton State 16-4-1

Total Castleton State (3 seasons) 37-22-3

2005 Saint Anselm 10-6-1 7-6-1 10th
2006 Saint Anselm 10-7-3 6-5-3 6th Northeast 10 Semifinals
Total Saint Anselm (2 seasons) 20-13-4 13-11-4

2007 California, Pa. 4-15-1 1-8-1 6th West
2008 California, Pa. 12-5-3 7-5-2 5th West
2009 California, Pa. 19-6-1 10-3-1 1st West PSAC Quarterfinals, NCAA Elite Eight
2010 California, Pa. 18-1-4 12-1-1 2nd PSAC Runner-up, NCAA Third Round
2011 California, Pa. 20-1-2 12-0-1 1st PSAC Champions, NCAA Elite Eight
Total California, Pa. (5 seasons) 72-28-11 42-17-6

2012 Duquesne 6-11-2 2-6-1 T-13th
2013 Duquesne 6-9-2 2-5-1 12th
2014 Duquesne 5-10-3 2-5-1 T-12th
2015 Duquesne 12-10-1 5-5-0 7th Atlantic 10 Champions, NCAA First Round
2016 Duquesne 11-6-3 7-2-1 3rd Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals
2017 Duquesne 11-6-3 6-3-1 4th Atlantic 10 Semifinals
2018 Duquesne 6-9-2 2-6-2 10th
2019 Duquesne 6-8-3 4-5-1 8th Atlantic 10 First Round
2020 Duquesne* 3-5-1 3-4-1 3rd West
Total Duquesne (9 seasons) 66-74-20 33-41-9

Total Career (19 seasons) 195-137-38

* – The Atlantic 10 played an abbreviated divisional season and four-team Championship in the spring of 2021 due to a national pandemic (Duquesne competed in the West Division);  DU did not play a full non-conference schedule in 2020

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