2017 Girls Collegiate Staff
As of 15JUN2017, the following coaches are committed for 2017 camps. The below list includes Session I and Session II staff. Please visit program page for session specific staff list. Coaching staff is subject to change.
ZAC SHAW – University of Connecticut
Co-director of Girls Collegiate Soccer Academy
Shaw is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at UConn and had previously served as the head coach at Rhode Island from 2005-10, earning Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year honors in 2005. During his tenure at URI, Shaw led the Rams to a 48-46-6 record while recruiting Women's National Team members from Iceland, Canada, Finland and Guyana. Shaw was a finalist for the 2007 NSCAA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year award.
Prior to his time at Rhode Island, Shaw spent one season at Florida and one season at Wisconsin as an assistant coach. Shaw began his Division I coaching career at Penn State from 1998-2000. Shaw returned to Penn State in 2002. During his time at Penn State, Shaw led the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten Conference Championship all four years while advancing to the NCAA Tournament College Cup in 2000 and 2002. more>>
CORD FARMER – Dartmouth College
Co-director of Girls Collegiate Soccer Academy
Cord Farmer was named an assistant coach for the Dartmouth women's soccer team in May of 2015. Before coming to Dartmouth, Farmer was in Reno, Nevada, as part of Dr. Melissa Price’s staff at Nevada. He was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator and assisted in game scheduling, film exchange and camps. Prior to his stop in Reno, Farmer served as the head women's soccer coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for six seasons.
Farmer has also worked with the women's program at University of Wisconsin and the men's soccer program at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Ithaca College. Farmer's accreditations include — Advanced National License and USSF D. more>>
AMANDA HAMILTON – Bates College
A graduate of St. Lawrence University, 2016 marks Amanda Hamilton's first year on the Bates coaching staff. She played four years of varsity soccer at St. Lawrence and was part of program that saw its first NCAA championships appearance since 1989 as well as two consecutive Liberty League finals appearances.
Hamilton earned All-Academic Liberty League honors all four years at St. Lawrence and interned with the SLU department of athletics in a variety of roles. more>>
MARY SHIMKO – Brandeis University
Mary Shimko returns to Waltham to join the Brandeis women’s soccer coaching staff in early 2017.
Shimko comes to Brandeis after spending one season as an assistant coach for College of the Holy Cross. As an assistant, she was involved with recruiting and technical. Shimko directed the Crusaders’ inaugural fall identification clinic, attracting over 60 campers. She also worked as an assistant camp director. Lastly, Shimko coordinated the team’s volunteer activities. more>>
LEIGH HOWARD – Bucknell University
Leigh Howard joined the Bison women's soccer staff in May 2015. Previously, Howard was both a coach and a student-athlete at Trinity College, where she received a bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2012 and a master's in American studies in May 2014.
In her second year as an assistant coach at Trinity in 2013, Howard helped lead the team to its best season in program history. The Bantams posted a school-record 13 victories (13-4-1) and won a game in its very first NCAA Tournament appearance. That team was ranked No. 1 in the New England Region for part of the season and finished in the national top-25 for the first time. more>>
TAYLOR HOUCK – Caltech
The Caltech Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation has named Taylor Houck as the inaugural Head Coach for the new women's soccer program.
"We are thrilled to welcome Taylor to our team," Betsy Mitchell, Director of APER, said. "Her enthusiasm, knowledge and drive are the perfect qualities for the first coach in this program's history. We have high aspirations for what she and our future women's soccer players can achieve." more>>
JODI KENYON – Endicott College
One of the most successful teams in school history, Endicott’s women’s soccer program has made 15 straight appearances in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament including nine championships. Head Coach Jodi Kenyon, who is about to begin her 12th year at the helm, has had a big part in that success. She has led the Gulls to five conference titles and six NCAA tournament appearances, where they have collected six victories, and has compiled a record of 153-53-18 (.723), making her second among active Endicott coaches in winning percentage. She is a two-time CCC Coach of the Year (2009, 2013).
Kenyon’s players and teams have shined in conference play, where she has coached them to a mark of 96-13-3 (.894). Gulls women’s soccer players have also received numerous conference awards and all-conference recognition, highlighted by eight student-athletes earning the conference player of the year and two receiving rookie of the year honors. more>>
MATT GILL – Huntingdon College
Matt Gill was named the head coach of the women's soccer program at Huntingdon College in March 2016. Gill, a 2009 graduate of Mount Ida College, has spent the past two seasons as a women's assistant coach at Virginia Wesleyan College. The Marlins went 23-17-2 in Gill's two seasons there.
Prior to Virginia Wesleyan, Gill spent four seasons as a men's assistant coach at his alma mater. During his time as a Mustang, Gill recruited Carlos Martinez, who finished his career as a four-time All-Conference selection, conference Offensive Player of the Year, All-New England 3rd team and finished as the Mustangs' all-time leading scorer. more>>
PAUL VASCONCELOS – Lesley University
Paul Vasconcelos is in eighth year as head coach for the women's soccer team at Lesley University. Vasconcelos and his staff led the Lynx to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013 after earning an automatic bid, winning their second straight New England Collegiate Conference Championship. Dating back to the 2009 season, Lesley has a 44-match conference regular season unbeaten streak and has appeared in six straight NECC Championship matches, winning three titles.
In his first year, the women's program made a remarkable turnaround, improving to 14-4-1 in the 2007 season and getting into the record books as the NCAA All-Time Most Improved Division III program in the country. As a result, Vasconcelos was selected as the 2007 North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year. more>>
MARTIN DESMARAIS – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Martin Desmarais is in his eighth season at the helm of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's women's soccer program after taking over as the Engineers' head coach in 2008. He first joined the program as an assistant coach in 2005.
In 2013, Desmarias, who was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career, guided MIT to a share of the regular season title for the second year in a row and the right to host the NEWMAC Tournament for the first time in program history. With a career record of 73-27-20, he established the Institute standard for winning percentage (.692), conference wins (37), and post-season victories (seven). Last season, he broke the record for most victories as a coach; the previous mark of 52 had remained untouched since 2002. He was also named the NSCAA Division III New England Coach of the Year. more>>
MICHELE CANNING – NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (NYU)
Michele Canning is in her fifth season as Head Coach of the New York University women’s soccer team. In her first four campaigns, the Violets have posted three winnings seasons, made two postseason appearances and compiled an overall 42-27-6 (.600) record.
Last season, NYU went 11-6-2 overall, 3-2-2 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) and earned the program’s first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. It was only the second Tournament appearance for the Violets, who qualified as UAA Champions in 2002. more>>
SCOTT WADDELL – New York University (NYU)
Scott Waddell is in his first year as an Assistant Coach of the New York University women’s soccer team. He is primarily responsible for in-game coaching, scouting and working with the Violets’ attackers.
Waddell came to NYU after two seasons as an assistant coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. Prior to his time there, Waddell coached four seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Columbia University. He has also accumulated experience with the ENYSSA Olympic Development Program as Head Coach of its U17 team (2012-14) and as Director of the NYC Soccer Academy (2010-14). more>>
LINDSEY GARVEY – Newbury College
Lindsey Garvey was named the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Newbury College in March 2017. She previously served as an assistant coach at Wheaton College in early 2016 before being elevated to Interim Head Coach later that year. Garvey led the Lyons to a 6-8-0 record, making an appearance in the New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinals after upsetting the third-seeded team in quarterfinals. The Lyons finished the year with four Second-Team All-NEWMAC selections, two Second-Team All-England selections, and one Third-Team All-New England selection.
Prior to Wheaton, Garvey assistant coached at Lesley University in the 2015 season, helping the Lynx to a 16-6 record, a 9-0 record in the New England Collegiate Conference, a NECC Championship, and a NCAA appearance.
She graduated from Emmanuel College in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Management, Concentrated in Sports Management and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University. A four-year forward at Emmanuel College, of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, Garvey tallied 37 career goals and 16 career assists, was named an All-GNAC Second Team selection as a sophomore and junior, and an All-GNAC Third Team selection as senior captain of the Saints. more>>
KYLE BAK – Providence College
Kyle Bak returns to the Providence College women's soccer program as an assistant coach on Sam Lope's staff in 2014. Bak served as an assistant on Lopes' staff at the University of New Hampshire during the 2013 campaign.
Bak began his coaching career at Salve Regina University as an assistant coach for the men's program during the 2010 season. Bak originally joined the Providence College women's soccer program in 2011 as an assistant coach primarily working with the goalkeepers.
Additionally, Bak worked as a RDS Technical Staff Coach with the New England Revolution Youth Academy, a scout with the U-14, U-16 and U-18 Academy Teams and a Technical Director with Hopkins Youth Soccer. more>>
TIM MOODY – Roger Williams University
Since taking over as Head Coach of the Roger Williams University Women’s Soccer program in 2011, Tim Moody has continued to showcase the Hawks as one of the top teams in New England.
In 2015, Moody presided over one of the best seasons in program history, with the Hawks winning its sixth Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship in team history and second consecutive title. The team set a new program record with 20 wins on the season and a .893 winning percentage (20-1-3), in addition to advancing to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. more>>
JENNIFER LEAVERTON – St. John's University
A standout for the Red Storm from 2008-11, Jen Leaverton joined the St. John's Women's Soccer program as an assistant coach in 2015. Prior to her return, Leaverton spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at New York University, where she was tasked with the main responsibility of recruiting. The Violets recorded winning records in two of the three years that Leaverton was on staff, including an 11-6-2 mark in 2014, a season that saw NYU reach the NCAA Division III Tournament. For their efforts in 2014, Leaverton and her colleagues were recognized as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Coaching Staff of the Year.
A prolific offensive force for the Red Storm during her playing days, Leaverton currently ranks 10th on the St. John's all-time scoring list, having tallied 17 goals over the course of her career in Queens. She also ranks eighth on the school's all-time shots list with 140. more>>
STEPH GORDON– University of Massachusetts
A standout goalkeeper during her career at UMass, Stephanie Gordon returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach for Ed Matz in the summer of 2015. Gordon, a 2013 UMass graduate, played for the Minutewomen in 2011 and 2012 after winning two CAA titles under Matz at Northeastern.
"I am thrilled to have Steph as a member of our coaching staff," said Matz. "I've known her since she was a sophomore in high school and have always been so impressed by her passion for the sport. Since graduating, Steph has worked hard to establish strong ties in club soccer in Massachusetts and has trained high level athletes. She brings great passion, dedication, knowledge and strong a commitment to our program every day and that helps raise our bar for success in all facets." more>>
MIRA NOVAK – University of Massachusetts Lowell
A native of Prague, Czech Republic, Novak join the River Hawks coaching staff for his first season in 2017. Throughout his career Novak has coached players at all levels of the game from grassroots to university and youth national team athletes. While completing his coaching and university qualifications, he worked in a youth academy in the Czech Republic before moving to Canada.
As an Associate Head Coach with the men’s and women’s programs at St. Francis Xavier University, Novak established himself as a credible performance coach after demonstrating his level of expertise at the CIS level. After leading an affiliated senior club team to its first playoff appearance, he received the Nova Scotia Coach of the Year award. more>>
WHITNEY FRARY– Vassar College
Whitney Frary joined the Vassar College women's soccer staff for her first season in the fall of 2016. In her first season with the Brewers, she helped Vassar to one of its most potent offensive seasons to date, while also helping head coach Corey Holton lead the squad to nine overall wins and six Liberty League victories. The six in-conference wins were the most ever at the College.
Frary comes to the Hudson Valley after two seasons as the SUNY Cortland assistant women's soccer coach in Cortland, NY. As a member of the Red Dragons' coaching staff, Frary was involved in the daily planning of practices and in the development of game strategy, while also scouting opponents and breaking down opponents' film. more>>
ALEX MACPHERSON– Wentworth Institute of Technology
Alex Macpherson enjoyed a successful first year as assistant coach with Wentworth Institute of Technology. The first female team to ever win a conference championship, the Leopards advanced to their first NCAA tournament appearance. An impressive 1-0 victory over nationally ranked #21 Arcadia set up a Round-of-32 game against reigning national champions, Williams College.
Before Wentworth, Macpherson was the assistant coach at Franklin Pierce University between 2014 and 2016. The Ravens advanced to the NE10 Conference semifinal in 2014. During his time with Franklin Pierce, Macpherson achieved his MBA in Sports Management. more>>
BOBBY DESILETS– Wheaton College
Desilets was named the ninth head coach in program history in January 2017 after serving as head coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology for the previous five seasons.
In his tenure at Wentworth, Desilets rebuilt the Leopards into a Commonwealth Coast Conference contender, taking the Leopards from a barely .300 team and guiding them to their first-ever CCC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. Building off a successful 2015 season that saw Desilets named both the CCC and ECAC New England Coach of the Year and seven of his players were named All-CCC, the 2016 squad captured many firsts, including hoisting the first conference championship for any female sport in Wentworth history. more>>
MISSY PRICE– Wellesley College
Melissa “Missy” Price, Ph.D. was named Head Soccer Coach and PERA Assistant Professor of the Practice at Wellesley College during the summer of 2016 and went on to compile a 7-10-1 record during her first season with the Blue. Price came to Wellesley following six seasons as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Nevada. While at Nevada, Price was responsible for all aspects of the Division I program, guiding the Wolf Pack to the Mountain West Conference semifinals in 2012. Off the field, over 50 Nevada student-athletes earned academic all-conference recognition during Price’s tenure with the program.
Price, who holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma and a United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ coaching license, earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Education in Sport Psychology, with a specialization in leadership and life skill development from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2010. more>>
STEPH SCHAFER – Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Stephanie Schafer is beginning her third season at the helm for the Engineers in 2015. In her first season at WPI, Schafer posted a 10-7-2 record (4-5-1 in conference) which qualified the Crimson and Gray for the NEWMAC tournament for the first time since 2010. In 2014, WPI Women’s Soccer finish 8-7-4, with a conference record of 5-2-3 making it to the NEWMAC quarterfinals for the second year in a row. With the success of 2014 campaign the team posted back-to-back winning seasons for only the third time in program history and first time since 2003-04.
Prior to Schafer coming to WPI she was the top assistant at Division I Wagner College. She was heavily involved with the Seahawks in designing and implementing practice and training sessions as well as in recruiting. Schafer also took an active role in academic monitoring, scheduling, team travel and fundraising. Prior to her time at Wagner, she spent three seasons as an assistant at Curry College where she helped the Colonels reached the CCC Tournament in 2008 and 2010. Schafer also spent five seasons with the Boston Breakers serving as the Senior Team Coordinator, Equipment Manager, Team Manager and Director of Operations over those five seasons. more>>
TODD PLOURDE – Yale University
Todd Plourde begins his 10th year as an assistant coach at Yale in 2016. He serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Bulldogs. Plourde spent two years an assistant at Manhattan where he helped the Jaspers earn their first regional ranking. In the year before he arrived, the Jaspers had a record of 2-15-1. In 2006, the team won a school record 12 games.
Before Manhattan, Plourde was the head coach at Fairfield (CT) High School where he compiled a record of 103-28-11. During his tenure Fairfield won the 2002 Class LL State Championship and was the runner-up in 2003. In addition, Fairfield won the league title in 2002 and finished second in 2001. Plourde was named the FCIAC and Connecticut Post Coach of the Year in 2001. His overall high school record was 130-34-14. more>>
SCOTT BLACK – Boston University
Co-director of Girls Collegiate Soccer Academy
In addition to serving as full-time Associate Head Coach of the Men's Soccer Program for Boston University, Scott Black is Director of the Boys Collegiate Soccer Academy (CSA) and co-directs the Girls CSA. Black joined the BU terriers in 2007 and previously served as assistant coach for Virginia Tech and Penn State University. At Boston University, Black spends most of his time as the recruiting coordinator, scouting and training the team, but also assists in all facets of the soccer program, including budgeting, academic advising, scheduling and fundraising.
During his tenure, BU has made three NCAA appearances, captured three America East regular season titles and earned an America East championship trophy. Under his supervision, the first two recruiting classes brought to Nickerson Field were nationally ranked. more>>
- Bucknell University - Patriot League
- Dartmouth College - Ivy League
- Providence College - Big East
- St. John's University - Big East
- University of Connecticut - AAC
- University of Massachusetts - Atlantic-10
- University of Massachusetts Lowell - America East
- Yale University - Ivy League
- Franklin Pierce University - NorthEast-10
- Babson College - NEWMAC
- Bates College - NESCAC
- Brandeis University - ECAC
- Caltech - SCIAC
- Endicott College - CCC
- Huntingdon College - USA South
- Lesley University - NECC
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - NEWMAC
- New York University (NYU) - UAA
- Newbury College - NECC
- Roger Williams University - CCC
- Vassar College - Liberty League
- Wentworth Institute of Technology - CCC
- Wheaton College - NEWMAC
- Wellesley University - NEWMAC
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) - NEWMAC