Ricky Cusano begins his 13th season as an Assistant Coach in 2017-18 after playing at Marist for four years and being a three-year starter at midfield/forward from 2001-2004. He was a MAAC All-Academic Team Selection in 2003 and 2004 while also being named MAAC Offensive Player of the week on September 14, 2003. He played in every game over his four years at Marist and finished his playing career with 4 goals and 6 assists. Cusano led Marist in assists in his junior year 2003. Cusano was a member of two Marist teams that made appearances in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship game in 2002 and 2004. He was a starter and member of the 2004 team that won the MAAC Tournament Championship and went on to play UConn in the NCAA Tournament College Cup.
After graduation in 2005, Cusano immediately joined the coaching staff. He served as an Assistant Coach to the 2005 MAAC Tournament Championship team that went on to play St. John's in the NCAA Tournament College Cup. Over the years, he has helped recruit and coach numerous All MAAC First, Second, and rookie team selections as well as many All MAAC Academic Team recipients during his time as an assistant to Coach Viggiano and Coach Herodes.
Prior to Marist, Cusano was a five-time New York State Cup Champion with the FC Westchester 84's in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004. He also won two Region I Championships in 2000 and 2002, as well as a National Championship in 2000 with FC Westchester.
Cusano attended North Rockland High School, where he was a four-year varsity starter. In his junior and senior years he earned All-League, All-Section, and All-County recognition. He is among the all-time leaders at North Rockland in career goals scored and career assists even though he missed his entire sophomore season due to injury. He also played and was a starter for the Eastern New York Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 1998-2001.
In the summers of 2004 and 2005, Cusano won two open State Cup Championships with the New York Irish Rovers. He has also was worked with the LaGrange Soccer club winning two more state cup championships as a Head Coach in 2010 and 2011. He holds a USSF national coaching license and currently trains youth teams in the Hyde Park soccer club.
Cusano earned his Bachelor's Degree in History with a Minor in Business and Minor in American Studies from Marist in 2005. He also earned a Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Executive Leadership from Marist in 2007. He is currently the Coordinator of Tutoring and teaches at Marist. He resides in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. with his wife Stefanie and son Anthony.