Osit adds Picone, Heinemann to coaching staff

South Orange, New Jersey — Seton Hall, head of women’s football coaching Josh Osit has announced the additions of Noelle Picone and Nick Heinemann as assistant coaches to its first coaching staff.

Picone joins the Pirates after spending a year as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson, where she helped lead the Knights to two NEC regular-season championships as a sophomore. Heinemann is currently technical director of the renowned Player Development Academy and has been with the club since 2013.

Similar to Osit, Picone and Heinemann have deep New Jersey ties and extensive experience recruiting and mentoring elite student athletes.

“Bringing two individuals and coaches of Noelle’s and Nick’s caliber is a huge asset to our program,” Osit said. “Creating a solid foundation for women’s football at Seton Hall in its first year is vital and I can’t think of two better people to help us deliver on our vision. Noelle and Nick will also play a big part in establishing us not just in the Garden State but the entire Northeast.”

Last season, with Picone on the bench, FDU went into the NEC Tournament Finals 10-6-4. She also helped two Knights finish in the All-NEC First Team and two more in the All-NEC Second Team.

Prior to her return to FDU, Picone spent over five years with the College of New Jersey as the program experienced an incredibly successful streak of 70-5-6 and four NCAA tournament appearances during her tenure as an assistant coach. Picone helped lead the Lions to three consecutive NJAC championships and the 2017 Division III Final Four from 2017-2019 while overseeing nine All-Americans during her time on staff.

Picone brings a wealth of knowledge to the table not only as a successful coach but also as a player at the collegiate and post-college level. Picone spent some time with the NJ Wildcats W-League and WPSL semi-pro teams after her time with FDU. During his time with FDU, Picone was part of two NEC regular season champions, including the 2015 team that won both the regular season and the NEC tournament crown en route to an NCAA tournament berth. As a singles player, Picone was a two-time All-NEC Second Team honors having played 77 games throughout her career. She graduated from FDU with degrees in biology and psychology and has a master’s degree in counseling.

Heinemann held a variety of roles at the Player Development Academy, including Tournament Director, Director of Camps and Programs, and Youth Technical Director, before cementing his current post as the organization’s Technical Director. As Technical Director, Heinemann oversees 12 coaches at PDA, recruiting players and acts as a liaison between PDA and US Soccer. He has also been the head coach of the ECNL Blue Team since 2013, where he has developed several players for the US youth national team, won a national championship in 2019 and reached the national finals last year. Heinemann holds a USSF-A license.

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Heinemann played professionally in England and the United States from 2001 to 2005. He gained his first coaching experience with the New York Red Bulls in youth development before moving to Far Post Soccer in Flemington, New Jersey, in 2009.

Both will work under the first-year head coach Josh Osit, a New Jersey native who found success as a recruiter and tactician in the Northeast Div. I soccer for a decade.

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