Helping Athletes Flourish
Chris brings extensive playing and coaching experience to Newburgh at both the collegiate and club level. Lyn has served as the Director of Operations at Marist since 2011. Prior to his stint in Poughkeepsie, Lyn served as an assistant with the women’s program at Columbia University from 2007-11 and was the head coach for the women’s program at Division II Molloy College from 2003-07, earning East Coast Conference Coach of the Year accolades in 2006.
Lyn also has experience coaching the men’s game, serving as the head coach at the Culinary Institute of America for two seasons, where he was named the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2014.
Besides coaching with CLSA, Chris is the Head Coach at Mount Saint Mary College where he recently completing his fourth season. A holder of several national certifications, Lyn has earned a NSCAA Advanced National Coaching Diploma, a NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma and a USSF ‘National B’ Level Coaching License.
Liz Cusato brings extensive knowledge and experience as a coach and a former Division I player. Currently, she is the first assistant coach for the women's soccer team at Mt. St. Mary College, under head coach Chris Lyn. While Cusato has been at Mt. St. Mary, the team has performed at an exceptional level, consistently performing well in regular season and post-season play. At this time, she is also the CLSA Select Head Coach for the Girls 2010 team, and periodically conducts Speed & Agility, and Technical Skills, clinics for the club. Prior to commencing her college coaching career, Cusato was the assistant coach for the GU16 premier team at Lakefront Soccer in Webster, New York. While she was with the club, she also coached at various youth soccer camps. As a player, Cusato excelled at many levels. Before college, she was a six-year member of the New York State West Olympic Development Program, named to New York's All State Third Team, and voted Class AA Player of the Year. As an undergraduate at Division, I Binghamton University, Cusato was a four-year member, and three-year starter, on the Women's Soccer Team. During her college years she also gained semi-professional playing experience as a member of the WPSL Syracuse Lady Knights. Cusato obtained her undergraduate degree from Binghamton with a major in Psychology, and a minor in Health and Wellness. While at Binghamton, she earned several academic honors including Dean's List, America East Commissioner's Honor Roll, America East Conference Honor Roll, and Athletic Director's Honor Roll. Subsequently, Cusato earned a master's degree in Sport's Administration from Xavier University, and is in the process of completing a Master's Degree from Ithaca College in Exercise and Sports Sciences. Cusato holds a National "E" Coaching License.
Chris has been the women's goalkeeper coach at Mount Saint Mary College since 2017 as well as Chris Lyn Soccer Academy since 2019. From 2016-2018 Chris was the goalkeeper coach and was a team coach with NYXTREME. From 2012-2015, Chris held a position as a Board member of the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL). From 2009-2017, Chris played an important role for EHYSL as a referee. Prior to being a referee, Chris was the President of the Dover United Soccer Club from 2007-2010 Chris began his coaching career in 2005 as a recreational soccer coach. Chris holds a D License and has a diploma for the following: Formations and systems of play High School Coaching Gk 1 & Gk 2 Integrating GK Training Futsal Level 1 & 2 LGBT Diversity an Inclusion.