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Chris Gbandi, former associate head coach at Dartmouth, the 2000 Hermann Trophy winner and three-time All-American as a student-athlete at Connecticut, has been named the sixth head coach in Northeastern mens soccer history. Gbandi is a rising star in the college soccer coaching ranks, highlighted by two straight appearances in the NCAA tournament with Dartmouth in 2014 and 2015.
“We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the Northeastern family,” said Peter Roby, director of athletics and recreation at Northeastern. “Chris is a proven winner, both as an athlete and a coach. He will be a tremendous role model and leader for our student-athletes, and he is committed to the student-athlete experience and the success of our program both on the field and in the classroom. I look forward to working with Chris in building an exciting future for our mens soccer program.”
Gbandi, a 2000 NCAA champion at Connecticut and the first overall pick in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft, arrives at Northeastern following two seasons at Dartmouth College. An accomplished coach, he also spent two years at Holy Cross as the first assistant and one season as the assistant director of soccer operations at UConn. In his five seasons coaching in Division I, Gbandi has helped lead teams to three NCAA appearances, including one NCAA Elite Eight appearance, and has guided 22 student-athletes to all-conference accolades.
“It is with great pride and honor that I accept the head coach position at Northeastern University,” Gbandi said. “I am extremely grateful and appreciative to Peter Roby and the search committee for giving me and my family this unique and special opportunity. I am excited and looking forward to working with the impressive and talented student athletes at Northeastern.”
At Dartmouth, Gbandi helped lead the Big Green to a 24-11-3 mark overall, 11-2-1 record in Ivy League play, and a pair of appearances in the NCAA tournament over two seasons. After being promoted to associate head coach at the start of the 2015 campaign, Gbandi coached the defense to the sixth best goals against average in the nation en route to the Ivy League title. In all, seven Big Green members earned All-Ivy League honors to help Dartmouth earn a top 25 ranking in the NSCAA poll.
As the first assistant for Dartmouth in 2014, Gbandi was named the NSCAA East Regional Assistant Coach of the Year after leading the Big Green to its first NCAA appearance in three seasons and a spot in the top 25 of the final NSCAA national poll.
Off the pitch, Gbandi played a critical role in all facets of the Big Green program, including serving as the head recruiting coordinator. He was also in charge of scheduling, opponent scouting, organizing and executing practice plans, fundraising events and alumni relations.
“I would like to take this moment to say thanks to everyone associated with Dartmouth Athletics,” Gbandi said. “From Harry Sheehy, Richard Whitmore and Drew Galbraith to head coach Chad Riley and Ryan Fahey and all the players who I was fortunate enough to coach while at Dartmouth. Thanks for helping make this opportunity possible. Dartmouth will always have a special place in my heart.”
Before moving on to Dartmouth, Gbandi was the first assistant at Holy Cross from 2012 to 2014, where he helped the Crusaders to the 2013 Patriot League championship game. During his time there, nine student-athletes were Patriot League Academic Honor Roll recipients. Gbandi also served as the interim head coach for six weeks during the spring season in 2012.
Gbandi got his start in coaching as the assistant director of operations at Connecticut during the 2011 season under legendary head coach Ray Reid. While at his alma mater, the Huskies reached the NCAA Elite Eight as the No. 3 overall seed in the national tournament. Connecticut was ranked as the No. 1 team in the country in the NSCAA poll during the 2011 campaign, and Gbandi helped coach a pair of Huskies to NCAA All-American accolades as well as the BIG EAST Defender of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year.
A graduate of Connecticut, Gbandi was a four-year letterwinner (1998-01) for one of the most prestigious programs in college soccer. While in Storrs, Gbandi and the Huskies captured the NCAA championship in 2000 and reached the NCAA Final Four in 1999. UConn also won four straight BIG EAST Regular Season Championships with Gbandi on the backline, including the 1999 BIG EAST Tournament title.
Individually, Gbandi won the 2000 Herman Trophy as college soccers top player, and was a finalist for the award in both 1999 and 2001. He was a three-time NCAA All-American (1999, 2000, 2001), a four-time BIG EAST First Team selection (the first in conference history), and a three-time BIG EAST Defender of the Year (1999, 2000, 2001). Gbandi was also named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year during his freshman season in 1998.
Following his collegiate career, Gbandi was selected as the top overall pick in the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft to Dallas in 2002. He played in more than 120 professional games with FC Dallas from 2002 to 2008, and was named the Team Defender of the Year in 2006. Gbandi also played professionally for FK Haugesund, Norwegian First Division (Haugesund, Norway) from 2008-10 and Miami FC, USL First Division in 2010 as a player/assistant.
What theyre saying about Chris Gbandi:
“Chris will do an outstanding job as the leader of the Northeastern mens soccer program. He is one of the fiercest competitors I have ever met and played at a very high level throughout his career. He will do an outstanding job recruiting and training top-level student-athletes at Northeastern.” – Ray Reid, Connecticut Head Coach
“I want to congratulate Chris for his appointment as head coach at Northeastern. His coaching and playing experience speaks for itself. His passion and energy will be beneficial for the mens soccer program at Northeastern. With Chris leadership, the Huskies will be a force to be reckoned with in the CAA and at the national level.” – Marco Koolman, Holy Cross Head Coach
Northeastern University Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
Justin Kahle begins his first season as associate head coach of the Northeastern mens soccer team, joining the Huskies coaching staff in February 2016. A former player and 2010 graduate at Providence, he arrives at NU after serving as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Holy Cross.
During his past two years at Holy Cross, Kahle took the reigns of designing the programs training schedule, customizing it to fit the teams needs through periodization. As the Crusaders recruiting coordinator, Kahle demonstrated his capability of drawing in high-level recruits while upholding the programs academic identity. With Kahles support, Holy Cross placed nine student-athletes on the 2015 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, two more than during the previous season.
When not on the pitch, Kahle played an instrumental role in scouting the Crusaders opponents. Together with head coach Marco Koolman, he helped prepare the squad for upcoming matches, often breaking down film during video analyses. Kahle also coordinated a variety of Holy Cross soccer camps and maintained a strong rapport with the programs alumni.
Kahle is well-rooted in developmental soccer, having head coached the Rhode Island Olympic Development Program (ODP) since 2013 and served as coach and academy co-director at the Upon graduating from Providence, Kahle remained with his alma mater and transitioned into the role of the Friars director of soccer operations, a position he held for four seasons. From 2010 to 2013, he was a member of a Providence staff that guided the program to three trips to the second round of the NCAA tournament, including two appearances in the BIG EAST championship game. While with the Friars, Kahle organized scouting materials for film reviews, highlighting opposing teams tactics during the teams weekly game preparation.
As a player, Kahle started 79 consecutive games at Providence between 2006 and 2009, dedicating himself to the role of team captain. He was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team as a defender during his senior season having helped the Friars back row shut out Connecticut during Providences run to the league title game. In the midfield, Kahles best offensive year came in 2008 when he scored two goals on eight shots and notched three assists for a seven-point season.
Bayside Futebol Club (F.C.) since 2010. He currently head coaches the ODPs Under-16 group and has implemented training programs for his U-16 and U-17 squads at Bayside F.C. Kahle also helped lead the Bayside F.C. U-17 team to the 2013 Rhode Island State Cup championship.
Northeastern University Assistant Coach
Cam Omsberg enters his first season as assistant coach of the Northeastern mens soccer team, arriving at Northeastern in February 2016. He joins the NU coaching staff having served as the top assistant coach at Bates for the past three years.
While at Bates, Omsberg assisted in all aspects of the programs day-to-day coaching operations, weighing in heavily on recruiting and player development. He played a key role in landing the Bobcats their first ever Division I transfer in addition to recruiting the programs first NSCAA High School All-American. With a focus in positional training and one-on-one video analyses, Omsberg strengthened Bates underclassmen, aiding in the development of the programs first All-NESCAC sophomore since 2008.
Driven by motivating student-athletes to maximize their academic achievement, Omsberg helped Bates receive three NSCAA Team Academic Awards, one during each year he was an assistant. From 2013 to 2015, he tutored 19 student-athletes to garner NESCAC All-Academic recognition, including three NSCAA Academic All-Region selections.
Omsbergs training sessions at Bates had an immediate effect on the Bobcats on-field success. During the 2015 campaign, he helped Bates achieve its best season in more than a decade, improving by three victories and snapping winless droughts against conference foes Williams (first time since 1979) and Hamilton (first time ever). With Omsbergs assistance in the backfield, the Bobcats defenders posted seven shutouts and conceded just 18 goals, the fewest the program had witnessed in 13 seasons.
A starting center back and two-year captain at Lehigh, Omsberg was named a 2012 Lowes Senior CLASS Award finalist for his commitment to athletic and academic excellence. In 2011, he was a standout member of the Mountain Hawks defending unit that set Patriot League records in fewest goals conceded (eight), most shutouts (11), and lowest goals against average (0.41). Omsbergs play netted him selections to both the 2011 All-Patriot League Second Team and the 2011 All-Patriot League Tournament Team.
At the amateur level, Omsberg played five seasons in the Professional Development League (PDL): four with GPS Portland Phoenix (2010-12, 2014) and one with Seacoast United (2015). He was a member of two Northeast Division championship teams (2012, 2015) and in 2012, was named to the Jim Dedeus All-Star XI as one of the top 11 players in the Northeast Division. Following the 2015 season, Omsberg returned to the Phoenix in the role of an assistant coach.
Omsberg served as a coach with GPS Maine, where he directed the Under-16, U-17, and U-18 boys teams for three years and the U-20 mens squad for one year. He has also head coached the Maine Olympic Development Program (ODP) 1999 Boys program and holds an NSCAA National Diploma and USSF “D” License. Omsberg is currently an assistant coach with the GPS Massachusetts U-17 NPL team and is the college placement coordinator for the GPS Massachusetts boys and girls teams.
Northeastern University Goalkeeper Coach
John Montanaro begins his first season as the goalkeeper coach for the Northeastern mens soccer team, having assisted the staff since August 2016. He brings more than 26 years of coaching experience with him to the Huskies and holds two certifications: an NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma and a USSF “F” License.
During his playing days, Montanaro was a standout goalkeeper for his semi-professional club, Toronto ITALIA. Upon being named Goaltender of the Year by the Italian Soccer League (Toronto, Ontario) in 1982, he was drafted by the Toronto Blizzards of the North American Soccer League (NASL), but opted rather to attend Marist, where he was a student-athlete on the mens soccer team from 1983 to 1987.
Montanaro first turned to coaching in 1990, joining the staff at Philips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, before accepting a stint the following year at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. At the start of the 1996 season, he returned to Massachusetts to become the head goalkeeper coach for Belmont Hill Schools junior varsity squad, where he remained for 15 years until 2010.
In 2005, Montanaro teamed up with fellow coach Armen Bahlavouni to found the futsal club, F.C. Black Knights, in Belmont, Massachusetts. Since the clubs inception, Montanaro has been actively involved in the development of the organizations Under-10 through U-19 programs. Beginning in 2010, he led the F.C. Black Knights U-13 age group to consecutive appearances in the Super F League (todays U.S. Youth Futsal) national finals, guiding the elevated U-14 team to the national championship in 2011. Following his run to the title, Montanaro received the 2011 Boys Coach of the Year award from the Massachusetts Futsal Association. During the 2014 season, he returned to the Super F League national finals in two age groups: U-14 and U-18.
Four years after co-founding futsal at F.C. Black Knights, Montanaro added an outdoor soccer program to the organization in 2009, taking the helm of the U-10, U-12, and U-14 squads. In 2015, he brought the club its first-ever USSF national championship, leading the F.C. Black Knights U-15 team to the title.
Montanaro coached a variety of programs for Valeo F.C. between 2010 and 2012, serving as head coach of the U-12 squad, assistant coach of the U-15 and U-16 squads, and director of goalkeepers. He was also the head coach of Team Massachusetts Futsal in 2012.
Yale University Director of Operations and Player Personnel
Jonathan Welsh has joined the Yale mens soccer coaching staff as Director of Operations and Player Personnel. Welsh comes to New Haven after spending five years as an assistant coach at the Kinkaid School in Houston.
“We are very lucky to add Jonathan to our coaching staff and excited to start working with him and getting him involved in the day-to-day work,” said Kylie Stannard, The 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. “I think Jonathan will bring additional balance to the staff. One of his many roles will be adding another great resource for our players to support and help them with any questions or concerns they have personally, academically or as a soccer player and teammate.”
At Kinkaid, Welsh helped the boys varsity soccer team to a first-place finish in the Southzone in the Southwest Preparatory Conference for the first time in school history in 2013. Kinkaid won the crown again in 2016. He also worked as an English teacher for two years during his time at Kinkaid.
In addition, Welsh spent two years as the head coach for the U14 Houston Dynamo MLS Academy team which finished as high as third in the Texas Pre-Academy League.
Welsh is a 2008 graduate of Creighton Universitys Honors Program where he played two seasons, helping the Bluejays advance to the quarterfinals of 2003 NCAA Tournament and the Sweet 16 of the 2004 Tournament. He then spent one season playing the University of Dayton, where he finished third on the team in points.
As a youth player, Welsh was a member of the Chelsea Football Clubs U19 premier team in England and was invited to a trial with Real Madrids U15 La Liga Youth Team.
“Jonathan is very sharp and has a calming demeanor,” Stannard said. “He has been working at a very high caliber academic school as a teacher, and I think he will do a great job of connecting with our players both on and off the field. He played at a very high level as a youth, including in two of the biggest professional clubs and youth academies in the world at Real Madrid and Chelsea. He then played at my alma mater, Creighton. He is passionate about the game and about teaching and helping young men strive for excellence.”
UCONN Assistant Coach
Andy Parker completed his second season as an assistant coach in 2016. Parkers primary role is working with the UConn goalkeepers.
In 2016, Scott Levene excelled under Parker, ranking at the top of multiple American Conference statistical categories. Levene led the conference in goals against average (0.77) and save percentage (.792). He was also tied for the conference lead with eight shutouts registered on the year.
In 2015, Parker completed his first season as assistant coach on the Husky bench, helping the team reach the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in the last 18 seasons.
Parker concluded his third season as the Director of Quality Control for the University of Connecticut mens soccer team in 2014. The Huskies tallied their 13th regular season conference title with Parker on the bench this past fall, and UConn finished its 2014 campaign with wins in six of its final seven matches.
Prior to his time at UConn, Parker was a four-year letter winner for the mens soccer program at Saint Anselm, earning Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team honors during the 2008 season. Parker earned a starting assignment in all 72 games he played and left Saint Anselm as the all-time leader in minutes played. A member of the 2011 Northeast-10 All-Academic Team, Parker was a two-time team captain and was selected as a 2011-12 Senior Scholar-Athlete.
A 2012 graduate of St. Anselm with a degree in international business, Parker earned his M.S. in Sport Management in 2015 from the University of Connecticut. He also holds an NSCAA National Diploma and USSF “D” License.
Providence College Director of Soccer Operations
Paul Latif joined the mens soccer coaching staff on April 1, 2014 as the programs Director of Soccer Operations.
Latif played three years at Franklin Pierce University, leading the Ravens to a 51-8-6 record over those three seasons. As a senior, Latif helped Franklin Pierce post a 21-1-1 mark and led the team to the Division II Final Four. He graduated from Franklin Pierce in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports and Recreation Management.
A 2010 and 2011 NSCAA All-American, Latif recently served as an assistant coach at Bunker Hill College (Charlestown, Mass.), helping Bunker Hill to the 2013 NJCAA Div. III National Tournament Quarter Finals.
A native of Newcastle, England, Latif also coaches with Bayside FC. He and his wife, Kristen, reside in Quincy, Mass.
MIT Head Coach
Ken Bovell enters his second season as the head coach of the MIT mens soccer in 2016 after an extremely successful first year in which he led the Engineers to a program record mark of 18-3-1 and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Prior to his promotion to head coach last year, Bovell served as an assistant for two seasons under then head coaches Aidan Byrne and Mike Singelton.
As part of the success that Bovell brought to the MIT mens soccer program, he was awarded with both the NEWMAC Coach of the Year and ECAC Division III New England Coach of the Year accolades in 2015.
Bovell brings 25 years of proven success as a coach at many levels to the Engineers. He was born in, and grew up playing soccer in Trinidad. Upon coming to the United States, he played soccer at Boston College and was a semi-professional player in the L.A.S.A. League with the Lowell Blues from 1982-1985.
Bovell has been an Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach for many years and has worked with players at the high school, college and club levels. A head coach for the FC Boston Soccer Club, Bovell began his career coaching the varsity boys soccer teams at Abington High School and Newton South High School. Bovell also oversees the Massachusetts ODP Boys U-16 Team, a position he has held since 1994. His teams have won state championships and regional championships, while contending for national championships as well. He has worked with many players who have gone on to have successful careers in college and beyond and holds a USSF “B” Coaching License.
He holds an Associates Degree in management from Newbury College and is recently retired after 30 years of service with the Boston Housing Authority, working as a Human Resource Specialist, Property Manager and Budget Analyst.
UMASS Associate Head Coach
Veteran soccer coach Michael Mordocco joined the UMass staff in April 2015 as an assistant coach under Fran OLeary and promoted to associate head coach the following Spring.
“I am delighted to have Michael as part of our staff at the University of Massachusetts,” OLeary said. “The combination of having played on a National Championship team, along with the experience gained working at NCAA Division I programs makes him ideally suited to mentor our players and aid in their overall development.”
Mordocco came to UMass with more than a decade of NCAA coaching experience spending the previous four seasons at nationally ranked UConn. While working at his alma mater, he helped the Huskies capture their 13th regular season conference title and their first-ever American Athletic Conference championship in 2014. Connecticut was tabbed the AACs Coaching Staff of the Year in his final season before joining the Minutemen.
The Huskies gained a berth in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for three-consecutive season from 2011-2013 in Mordoccos first three years back in Storrs. He was an integral part of the UConn program that boasted a 58-16-15 overall record during his time on the sidelines at Connecticut.
Throughout his coaching tenure in Storrs, the Huskies compiled a total of 12 MLS draft picks including back-to-back No. 1 overall picks in 2014 and 2015 (Andre Blake and Cyle Larin). Mordocco has helped develop players such as Andre Blake, who became the first goalkeeper to ever be selected No. 1 overall in the MLS SuperDraft in January of 2014.
Prior to joining the UConn staff in 2011, Mordocco was the top assistant coach at Stony Brook University where he was involved in several facets of the program, including recruiting, scouting, budget, travel and game day operations and promotions. During his tenure at Stony Brook, he helped the Sea Wolves to the 2009 America East Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Before joining Cesar Markovic at Stony Brook, Mordocco started his coaching career at Oneonta State College under Iain Byrne from 2004-2007 making it to the conference finals in 2005.
Mordocco earned a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Connecticut in 2002. He was a four-year player at UConn and helped lead the Huskies to four Big East Regular Season Titles (1998-2002), three times NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal (1999,2000,2002), College Cup Final Four (1999) and NCAA National Championship in 2000.
Mordocco has since been involved in the community as the Director of Coaching for Northeast United Soccer Club located in Mansfield, Conn., since 2011 and oversees a premier program of 20 plus teams and 400 players. He also has experience as Technical Director of the Stony Brook Soccer Club Youth Academy and served as the head coach of both the U11 and U16-U18 teams at the SBSC between 2007-10.
UMASS Lowell Head Coach
Following a spectacular career as a River Hawk, Christian Figueroa enters his sixth full season as head coach of the UMass Lowell mens soccer program where he has guided the team to an overall record of 46-46-5 (.500).
Figueroa has accrued an overall conference record of 28-19-4 (.568), including a 6-11-3 mark in America East play and finishing21-8-1 (.716) in the Northeast-10 Conference.
The 2007 UMass Lowell graduate has coached a America East Co-Rookie of the Year, three First and Second Team members, seven All-Rookie Team players and has one player named to the All-Academic Team. In addition, he has had players named to ECAC and NSCAA All-America First, Second and Third Teams since UMass Lowell joined Division I.
Fresh off a 3-11-2 finish in 2010, over which he coached the last four matches, Figueroa spearheaded a spectacular turnaround leading the River Hawks to an 11-7-0 record in 2011 – 9-4-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference (tied for third place) – and an appearance in the NE-10 Tournament semifinal.
For his efforts, Figueroa was voted the NE-10 Coach of the Year while eight UMass Lowell players were cited to the NE-10 second, third and All-Rookie teams, including Rookie of the Year Homero Morais.
Figueroa spent four seasons with previous head coaches Bryan Scales and Ted Priestly following an honor-filled career from 2003-06.
One of the programs best-ever midfielders, he helped the River Hawks to a 47-17-14 record (.603), two NCAA Tournaments – including the quarterfinal round in 2003 – and two Northeast-10 Conference Tournament championships. Along the way, Figueroa was the 2003 NE-10 Freshman of the Year and went on to earn all-conference honors and NSCAA All-Northeast Region status three times, culminating with first team honors in 2005 and 2006.
A two-year captain, Figueroa was one of 25 Division I, II and III players invited to tryout for the New England Revolution in February of 2007. He currently ranks tied for 17th on UMLs all-time scoring list with 12 goals and 14 assists (38 points); and tied for 10th among career assist leaders.
Outside of UMass Lowells season, Figueroa is an active coach in the club circuit. Alongside former UMass Lowell assistant Marc Connolly, Figueroa helped lead the FC Stars boys team to back-to-back Massachusetts State Cup championships and Region 1 championship games in 2010 and 2011 in the U-17 and U-18 age groups.
A graduate of North Andover H.S., Figueroa was a Cape Ann League all-star as well as an MIAA All-State and All-Eastern Mass standout. A three-year starter, he led the Scarlet Knights to the Cape Ann League championship in 2000 and 2001 and the MIAA Division II North final in 2000.
A native of North Andover, Mass., Figueroa lives in Dracut, Mass.
Tufts University Assistant Coach
Mark Waterman is entering his 2nd season at Tufts. He works primarily with attackers, gk, as well as being the video coordinator. Played collegiate soccer at Denison University. He was a three time all-conference player and finished 2nd all time in assists
Bryant University Associate Head Coach
Millette enters his ninth season overall and his second as the Associate Head Coach in 2016 for the Bryant University mens soccer team, earning the promotion on Jan. 1, 2015.
Millette has been instrumental in the transition of the mens soccer program to the Division I ranks. Over the course of the five year reclassification period, Millette has helped the program improve immensely, both on the field and in the classroom.
The Bulldogs came off their best season since joining the Division I ranks, finishing 9-5-3 in 2014, earning the programs second-straight Division I postseason appearance and setting records for most wins in a season (9), NEC wins in a season (5), the highest finish in the NEC Standings (2nd), and five All-NEC recipients.
Millette continues to play a key role in all aspects of the Bulldog program from recruiting and scouting, to student-athlete development.
Joining the Bryant University community in 2007, Millette worked as a Graduate Assistant to the Athletic Administration, focusing on the areas of Event Management, Equipment Room, and Facility Operations. In 2008, he joined the Mens Soccer program as an Assistant Coach while continuing his role in Operations through 2010, following the completion of his MBA.
2008 is also when Millette started his career as a youth soccer coach with Bruno United FC. While assisting with the U15 and U16 Boys Clubs they won three straight State Cup Titles. In 2011, Nate led the U16 Bayside FC Boys to the US Region I Championships in Lancaster, PA.
Millette graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2006 with a Bachelors degree from the renowned Sport Management program as a part of The Isenburg School of Business. He also received a minor in Psychology while attending UMass. Millette was a walk-on freshmen for the Minutemen Soccer program. He also played for the Western Mass Pioneers in the USL Super-20 League before his career was cut short because of injury prior to his junior season. During his senior year, Nate was the Assistant Coach for the Amherst HS Boys team and was the Director of Operations for the Third Annual SoccerFest tournament sponsored by ADIDAS.
A native of Scituate, R.I., Millette graduated from Scituate HS in 2002 where he played four years of soccer, basketball, and baseball. While excelling at all three sports, he was a standout soccer player in the open-division and was named All-Conference for four consecutive years. As a senior-captain, Millette finished second in the league in points splitting time at center back and center midfield, earning All-State honors. A staple in the RI premier soccer league, Nate won 6 state cup titles with the Northern Lightning, South Coast United, and Mid-State Stompers.
Bentley University Assistant Mens Soccer Coach
The 2016 season will be Matt Marcouxs 4th as an assistant on head coach Gary Cromptons staff.
Marcoux is a former goalkeeper and graduate assistant coach at American International College. As the GA coach with the Yellow Jackets during the 2008 season, he assisted in scouting, recruiting, developing practice and fitness plans, and focused his coaching efforts on the teams goalkeepers. Marcoux also has experience coaching at camps throughout the New England area and has volunteered with a youth team in Somerville over the last few years.
Marcoux received his BS in sports management from AIC in 2007, and his MBA in management from AIC in 2009.
Brandeis University Head Coach
Gabe Margolis was named the ninth head coach of Brandeis mens soccer in December of 2016 after spending the previous 11 seasons as am assistant.
Margolis joined Brandeis under legendary head coach Mike Coven in 2005, and was named the Associate Head Coach in the spring of 2013.
Since Margolis joined the Brandeis coaching staff, the Judges have posted a record of 146-67-20 for a .670 winning percentage. Brandeis has posted at least 10 wins in eight of his 11 seasons, reaching the NCAA Division III Tournament in each of the past five seasons, and winning three ECAC Division III New England championships.
Twice, Margolis was named to the University Athletic Association (UAA) Coaching Staff of the Year: in 2012, when Brandeis won its first-ever share of the conference title, and in 2015, when they claimed the league crown outright for the first time. Coven was also named NSCAA New England Coach of the Year in each of those seasons. In 2016, Brandeis reached the NCAA Division III Final Four for the fourth time in program history, and first since 1984.
Off the field, Margolis has been active with Brandeiss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) since 2012, including helping to start BMEN, founded by student-athletes to encourage a commitment to gender and racial equality across social divides on campus.
Margolis holds NSCAA Advanced National and USSF B coaching licenses. He has coached for FC Boston over the last eight years in both their development academy and non-academy teams, winning State championships with the U-18 and U-19 age groups.
A 2005 graduate of Wheaton (Mass.) College, Margolis came to Brandeis after serving as an assistant coach at local Division I institutions Boston University and Northeastern. A three year starter at Wheaton after transferring from Boston College, Margolis helped lead the Lyons to the NCAA Division III Final Four during his junior season and the Sweet 16 as a senior. Margolis is a native of Brookline and a 2000 graduate of Beaver Country Day School.
SNHU Assistant Coach
Burke Hazard joined the Southern New Hampshire mens soccer staff in March 2016.
Hazard arrived at SNHU following a two-year stint as the head coach at Lasell College in Newton, Mass., where he guided the Lasers to a 9-9 record and a spot in the GNAC semifinals during his first season in 2014.
Hazard, who has also worked as a New England Revolution Academy staff coach since 2015, spent 2013 as an assistant coach at Dean College in Franklin, Mass. While at Dean, Hazard also served as the head coach of the Bayside FC Bolts U16 squad.
Before heading to Dean, Hazard took over as the boys varsity coach at Belfast (Maine) Area High School in 201, worked as a club coach for Seacoast United and was also a member of the Maine U17 Olympic Development staff.
Hazard began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of Southern Maine, in 2010.
After beginning his college career at Randolph Macon College, Hazard returned closer to home, playing his final three years at USM, where he captured a Little East Conference title and earned his bachelors degree in Exercise Science.
Bates College Head Coach
Stewart Flaherty became head coach of the Bates College mens soccer team after the 2011 season, promoted into the head spot after assisting former head coach George Purgavie during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
In 2015, Flaherty led Bates to its most wins since 2008 as the team finished 7-5-3. The Bobcats forced a 0-0 draw against 2014 national champion Tufts and defeated Williams for the first time since 1996 by a score of 2-1.
A 2004 graduate of Loughborough University in England with a masters degree in sport psychology, Flaherty has accumulated extensive experience with player development and recruitment in the US. In addition to his coaching at Bates, he has served as assistant coach with the Portland Phoenix senior team in the PDL, the third level of soccer in the US under MLS and the USL.
Flaherty helped the Phoenix make the PDL playoffs in all three seasons, including a Northeast Division title in 2012. In 2013, the team advanced to the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, losing 1-0 at professional franchise Rochester Rhinos.
Players Flaherty has coached at the PDL level include MLS draft picks Charlie Rugg (Los Angeles Galaxy 2013), Aaron Schoenfeld (Columbus Crew 2013) and Pierre Omanga (New England Revolution 2014). Additionally, Michael Donald (Ayr United) and Clement Bopart (Marseille) have continued onto professional careers in Europe.
With the Phoenix, Flaherty also coached the youth academy teams and served as a college liaison for all boys and girls players at the club. Flahertys teams have won three State Cups and also made an appearance in the Final Four of the US Youth Soccer Region I Finals. Flaherty also serves as a coach for the SoccerMaine Olympic Development Program.
In 2014, both Sean Moyo and Peobo Knoth started multiple games on the Phoenix, including a game at the 80,000 capacity Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL franchise New England Patriots.
In the summer of 2015, Bates players competed in the PDL for both the Phoenix and Westchester Flames. Bobcats will also play in the elite NPSL league for Seacoast United Mariners, Rhode Island Reds, and FC Buffalo.
After graduating from Loughborough University, Flaherty served his first coaching role as a volunteer assistant with Loughborough College in England. He accepted his first head coaching position as girls soccer coach at Cody High School in Wyoming, where he helped the Fillies break the schools all-time record for wins in a single season in 2005 and landed Codys first two all-state players, Sarah Kramp and Crystal Umphlett, who also won the Gatorade Player of the Year Award for Wyoming in 2005 and went onto play for the University of Wyoming.
Flaherty then spent over a year working as a youth development coach for MLS Camps and the MLS franchise Real Salt Lake.
At the end of 2006, Flaherty moved east and spent time coaching with TSF Academy and the MPS Cape Cod Crusaders. He led the TSF U23 Women to a USSF Region I Championship, as the team went the entire season undefeated and had players from Seton Hall, Penn State and Rutgers on the roster.
In 2009, Flaherty entered the NCAA coaching ranks with Division II Felician College in Rutherford, N.J., where he served as goalkeeper coach under head coach Patrick Snyder and current New York Red Bulls Youth Director Simon Nee.Flaherty moved to Maine in the summer of 2010 and began working with the Bobcats and the MPS Portland Phoenix.
Taking the healm in the aftermath of an 0-10 NESCAC season, Flaherty has led an upswing in performance by the Bobcats on the field. In the past few years, Bates has registered impressive wins including a 2-0 victory at Middlebury to win the Reynolds Cup, and a 5-1 win over Colby. After a slow start to the 2014 season, Bates went on a run of scoring 19 goals in seven games. This hot streak included a 3-0 win at Trinity, and a dramatic 2-1 OT win over Connecticut College. Both Trinity and Connecticut College were nationally ranked in the top 20 by BennettRank on the day of the game. Bates also registered a 1-1 draw with 2012 and 2013 NCAA Final Four team Williams during the season.
During his tenure at Bates, the team has put considerable time into off the field endeavors in the community. The Bobcats have volunteered at Hillview School, Tree Street Youth, Trinity Soup Kitchen, and MLK Reading Day. In 2013, Flaherty became the first athletic department staff member to earn the Harward Center Award for community volunteerism, leadership, and engagement.
Additionally, the team has played two 9/11 memorial games after which commemorative jerseys were auctioned off. The team rose over $10,000 in these auctions with the money benefitting the Lewiston Fire Department and Families of Freedom, a fund which gives college scholarships to children who lost their parents in 9/11.