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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 impressi
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 n 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.
Northestern 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.
Northeastern University Director of Operations
Coach Defregger joins Northeastern following a season as an assistant coach with the University of Rochester as well as a successful playing career collegiately at Dartmouth College and professionaly with both the Rochester Rhinos and Wilmington Hammerheads (USL).
Senior (2014): Second Team All-Ivy … Made 11 starts in 18 games as a senior … Finished the season with a scoring line of 1-4-6 … Tied for second on the squad with four assists … Finished third on the team in shots with 23 … Had an assist in a loss to Boston University (10/14) … Scored his first collegiate goal against Harvard (11/1) … Aided on goals against Columbia (10/25), Cornell (11/8) and Brown (11/15).
Before Dartmouth: Stefan Defregger comes to the Big Green fresh off a New Hampshire State Championship at Gilford High School, where he captained his team to the state title game in both 2009 and 2010, winning the championship in 2010 … A four-year varsity starter, Defregger was named first team all-state and Gilford MVP three times (2008, ’09, ’10) and All-New England twice (2009, ’10) … Was also a recipient of the NSCAA Senior Excellence Award in 2010 … Defregger holds the Gilford High School records for career points 302, career goals (123) and goals in a season (46) … His 123 career goals ranks third all-time in the state of New Hampshire as does his 117 career assists … Was named the 2009 Manchester Union Leader Boys Soccer Player of the Year as a junior … Defregger is a four-year athletic scholar award winner and National Honor Society member … Defregger played club soccer for the Seacoast United Academy, playing in the 2010 Four Nation’s Cup in England, going undefeated against England, Scotland and Ireland … Played for the ODP Region I team in 2008 and 2009, competing at the Disney Showcase and internationally in Argentina … In 2010, he played in the NY Red Bulls High School Cup for the top 30 academy players in the nation.
Personal: Son of Hermann and Cathy Defregger … Has one sister … Aunt, Michelle Cavallaro “99 attended Dartmouth … Comes from an athletic family … Cousin, Tayler Turner, was a member of the Notre Dame women’s soccer teams 2010 National Championship … Has dual citizenship with Austria.
Yale University Assistant Coach
Jonathan Welsh begins his second year at Yale and first as an assistant coach in 2017-18. He served as Director of Operations and Player Personnel during the 2016-17 season.
Welsh came to New Haven after spending five years as an assistant coach at the Kinkaid School in Houston, TX.
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 taught English 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 under Academy Director James Clarkson.
Welsh is a 2008 graduate of Creighton University’s Honors Program where he played two seasons, helping the Bluejays to a first-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2003 and the quarterfinals of NCAA Tournament the same year, falling to eventual finalists St. John’s. Creighton also advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2004 Tournament where they lost in penalties to No. 3 seed Maryland. Welsh then spent one season playing for the University of Dayton, where the team made the A10 Conference semi-final in 2005, losing out to the St. Louis Billikens in a penalty shootout. Welsh finished the season with the third highest point tally on the team.
As a youth player, Welsh spent time on trial with Real Madrid’s U15 La Liga Youth team and was a member of Chelsea Football Club’s U19 Premier League youth team in England.
“Working with some of the most intelligent scholar athletes in the country has always been a dream of mine. There’s no limit to what they can achieve, and I am honored and thankful to Coach Stannard for the opportunity to come to Yale.”
Assistant Coach at Penn State
Ayotunde Ogunbiyi enters his first season as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer team after being hired by head coach Jeff Cook on Feb. 19, 2018.
Ogunbiyi most recently was an assistant coach at Drexel University. In addition to his role at Drexel, he also served as a goalkeeper coach for the Philadelphia Union Academy. Prior to this, Ogunbiyi was the assistant coach at UC Riverside, helping the Highlanders to a Big West Tournament berth and the team’s first nine-win season in three years. Ogunbiyi was also the director of goalkeeping at Arsenal FC Academy for two seasons, where he instructed keepers for the USSF Developmental Academy teams, and spent one season as the LA Premier Club Coach in 2016.
As a professional athlete, Ogunbiyi played for four different teams in Denmark. At Aars FC, he started in 15 games and earned seven shutouts with a .760 goals against average in 2014. Ogunbiyi then played one season with Aarhus Fremad, where he registered one shutout before earning a promotion to the Skive IK in Denmark’s first division, where he Ogunbiyi played in six games with four shutouts. He closed out his professional career at Næstved BK.
Ogunbiyi was also a member of the Nigerian Youth National Team and was in the Nigerian Olympic pool from 2007-08, playing in a number of qualifiers. He spent two years at the University of New Hampshire before transferring to Boston College where he helped the Eagles to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.
Dartmouth College Assistant Coach
Stewart Flaherty became head coach of the Bates College men’s 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 master’s 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. Flaherty’s 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 Soccer Maine 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 school’s all-time record for wins in a single season in 2005 and landed Cody’s 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.
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.
Syracuse University Assistant Coach
Andrew Coughlin joined the Orange staff as a volunteer assistant coach in 2016. A Syracuse native, Coughlin has five years of experience playing at the collegiate level and is actively playing professionally.
Coughlin started his collegiate soccer career at Syracuse University, where he played for the Orange for three years. After redshirting his freshman year, Coughlin made three appearances in his career at Syracuse, not allowing a goal in any of those outings.
Following his redshirt sophomore season, Coughlin transferred to Canisius College, where he was a two-year starter at the goalkeeper position and team captain. He finished his collegiate career with seven school records including single-season records for shutouts (8), goals-against average (.85) and wins (9). He was voted to the 50th anniversary All-Canisius XI First Team. Coughlin was named WNY Goalkeeper of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
After graduating from Canisus in December of 2015, Coughlin signed with the Syracuse Silver Knights in the Major Arena Soccer League. A current member of the active roster, Coughlin went 5-2 and was voted to the MASL All-Rookie First Team. He also received the Syracuse Silver Knights “Unsung Hero” award voted on by the players and coaches.
UCONN Assistant Coach
Andy Parker completed his third season as an assistant coach in 2017. Parker’s 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 men’s soccer team in 2014. The Huskies tallied their 13th regular season conference title with Parker on the bench, 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 men’s 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.
Boston College Assistant Coach
Ben Moane is in his second season as an assistant coach at Boston College. Under Ed Kelly, Moane handles all of the team’s goalkeeper training. Before coming to Boston College, Moane spent the 2015 season as the goalkeepers coach at Northeastern University.
Moane is the Director of Goalkeeping and U14 coach for FC Boston, and has spent time with John Smith Soccer Academy, Tennessee Soccer Club and Jackson Futbol Club. He was a graduate assistant for Bethel University from 2012-13.
Moane is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England. He played in the Irish Premier League as a goalkeeper for Cliftonville FC. He also played for Queens University, Carrick Rangers and Institute FC.
Providence College Director of Performance Analysis
Chris Wasilewski joins the men’s soccer coaching staff for his first season as the program’s Director of Performance Analysis. His duties include video breakdown/analysis of games, social media management and video scouting opponents.
Wasilewski was a team manager for the Friars from 2011 to 2014 during his undergraduate education at Providence. He graduated cum laude in 2015 with a degree in marketing and a minor in finance.
MIT Head Soccer Coach
Ken Bovell enters his third season as the head coach of MIT men’s soccer in 2017. MIT finished 2015, his first season, with a record of 18-3-1 (7-0-0 NEWMAC), broke 11 team records and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament for the first time since 2003. It was also the first time in program history that the Engineers hosted the NCAA Tournament as MIT defeated Bridgewater State 5-1 and Bowdoin 1-0 to advance to the Sweet 16.
2015 also marked the first time since 2008 that MIT men’s soccer had three student-athletes selected as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans while Sean Bingham led the team with 21 goals, 12 points and 54 points, to become the program’s all-time leader in goals (70) and points (162). Bingham was named an All-American by the NSCAA, the D3Soccer Forward of the Year, the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year and was selected to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team for the third straight season.
Prior to his promotion to head coach, Bovell served as an assistant at MIT for two seasons. As part of the success that Bovell brought to the MIT men’s 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. Since taking over head coaching duties in 2015, the program has registered a record of 24-13-2.
Bovell brings over 25 years of proven success as a coach at many levels to the Engineers. He was born 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’ high school soccer teams at Abington and Newton South.
Bovell also oversees the Massachusetts’ ODP Boys U-16 Team, a position he has held since 1994. His club and state teams have won state and regional championships, while contending for national honors 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 and NSCAA Director of Coaching certificate.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in management from Newbury College and had a 30 year career with the Boston Housing Authority, working as a Human Resource Specialist, Property Manager and Budget Analyst.
Lehigh University Associate Head Coach
Hess helped guide Lehigh to its second-ever Patriot League Championship and fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015. Hess has mentored an All-American selection, nine All-Region honorees, a Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, 21 All-Patriot League selections and six Academic All-Patriot League members in his tenure on Lehigh’s staff.
Prior to the start of the 2011 season, Hess came to Lehigh from nearby Moravian College where he enjoyed a standout playing and coaching career, with a coaching stint at Muhlenberg sandwiched in between. He is also a captain for local FC Sonic, a team which features a number of Mountain Hawks’ players.
During his playing career, Hess was a four-year starter, three-time captain and two-time team MVP at Moravian under current Lehigh women’s soccer coach Eric Lambinus. Hess’ success was highlighted by his senior season when he was named Second Team All-Landmark Conference.
Hess’ playing experience includes time with a pair of local amateur teams the past four seasons: Pennsylvania Stoners and FC Sonic. He won a national championship with the Stoners while playing with various Lehigh players for the Sonic, including Ali Famili and recent graduates Jordie Ciuffetelli, Daniel Odenwelder and Joe Puleo.
Also owning extensive coaching experience, Hess served as assistant coach at Muhlenberg College in the fall of 2009 before heading back to Moravian in 2010 to join its staff. He also owns experience coaching in Lehigh’s summer camp and with club FC Lehigh. Hess graduated from Moravian in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology.
“Lehigh is a first-class organization,” said Hess. “Not just from the product on the field, but also from the coaching staff down to the entire athletic department, the facilities and the equipment. You can tell just from the fact that they take it so seriously from all those levels. I’m thrilled to be part of the organization.”
University of New Hampshire Director of Men’s Soccer Operations
Ryan Carpenter was hired by the University of New Hampshire men’s soccer staff in July 2016 as Director of Men’s Soccer Operations. Carpenter’s duties will include managing youth promotions and camps, handling the program’s social media accounts, and enhancing the game day experience.
The Newmarket, N.H. native started all 14 games he played in 2015 and tallied a record of 7-4-3 with three shutouts. Over his career, he started 17 games and compiled a 9-5-3 record with five shutouts. Carpenter was also the inaugural winner of the Coaches’ Award at the team’s annual awards banquet held on April 24. It is bestowed to the player that demonstrates excellence both on and off the field and is the most highly regarded citizen and person that exhibits the type of character, work rate and attitude that every player should emulate.
UMASS Lowell Director of Operations
CAREER:50 starts in 56 games played … scored seven goals and added seven assists for 21 points … tallied one game-winning goal … went 5-for-6 on penalty kicks.
AS A SENIOR (2016): Started 14 of 15 appearances … tied career highs with three goals and three assists for nine points … recorded eight shots and four shots on goal … converted all three penalty kick attempts on the season.
AS A JUNIOR (2015): Started all 17 games … scored one goal … scored game-tying goal against Bryant (9.23) … fired 10 shots with 3 on goal, for a shot on goal percentage of .300
AS A SOPHOMORE (2014): 14 starts with 18 appearances … scored four goals with three assists for 9 points … scored one game-winning goal against Stony Brook (10.18) … fired 27 shots and 12 on goal, for a shot on goal percentage of .444 … named to American East All-Conference First Team and All-Academic Team.
AS A REDSHIRT-FRESHMAN (2013): Played in six games, five of which he started … had one assist on the year
AS A FRESHMAN (BOSTON UNIVERSITY, 2012): Made nine starts in 16 appearances … scored one goal and tallied one assist … helped lead BU to a 1.20 goals against average and six shutouts … named to America East Conference All-Rookie Team
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter at East Boston H.S. … two-year captain … named to the NSCAA All-Region team … earned both Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic honors … won two state cups with FC Blazers.
PERSONAL:Son of Liliana Manrique and Carlos Ruiz of Boston, Mass. … names Carlos Valderrama and Pep Guardiola as his favorite soccer players … favorite professional team is Barcelona.
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 men’s soccer team, earning the promotion on Jan. 1, 2015. Millette has been instrumental in the transition of the men’s 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 program’s 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 Men’s 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 Bachelor’s 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.
Tufts University Assistant Coach
Jordan Ciuffetelli will be starting his first year with the Jumbos this fall as an assistant coach. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at West Chester University. In the fall of 2016, Ciuffetelli helped coach West Chester to a second place finish in the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC) Conference and their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. Ciuffetelli also coached five All-League players and four All-Region players.
Prior to West Chester Ciuffetelli was the assistant coach at Muhlenberg College for three seasons. While at Muhlenberg, Ciuffetelli helped coach the men’s team to the 2014 Centennial Conference Championship while advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and ended the year ranked 12th in the final Division III poll. While at Muhlenberg, Ciuffetelli coached two Academic All-Americans, one All-American, one Conference player of the year, and five All-Region players.
Ciuffetelli was a four-year starter at outside back for Lehigh University, where as a senior both Soccer America College Soccer News named him Patriot League defensive player of the week and to the national team of the week. He received the men’s soccer coaches award in 2011 and was a finalist for a department-wide sportsmanship award. While at Lehigh, Ciuffetelli earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History in 2012 and was the Sports Camp and Recruiting Graduate Assistant in the Athletic Department while earning a Master in Education in 2013.
In addition to playing for Lehigh Ciuffetelli was a three-year starter for FC LVU Sonic winning the NPSL Northeast Conference Championship in 2010 and 2012 as well as the National Championship in 2012. Ciuffetelli interned in 2014 for Germany’s AMANDLA Edufootball managing the Chris Campbell Memorial Field in Khayelitsha, South Africa implementing youth life skills programs through soccer.
Bentley University Assistant Coach
The 2017 season will be Matt Marcoux’s 5th as an assistant on head coach Gary Crompton’s staff. Marcoux assists in all aspects of the program, including recruiting and player development.
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 team’s 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.
Southern New Hampshire University Assistant Coach
Burke Hazard joined the Southern New Hampshire men’s 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 bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.