2018 Girls Collegiate Staff
As of 9JAN2018, the following coaches are committed for 2018 girls camps. The below list includes Session I and Session II staff. Please visit program pages 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>>
NELLIE PINEAULT – Babson College
Nellie Pineault begins her eighth season as the head women’s soccer coach at Babson in 2017.
A 1999 graduate of Saint Michael’s College, Pineault served as an assistant coach for the Beavers from 2004-09 before becoming just the fifth head coach in program history prior to the 2010 campaign. The Green and White has finished at .500 or better in each of her first seven seasons, and she has led the program to 10 or more victories on five occasions. more>>
TIM MASON – Babson College
Tim Mason begins his first season as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Babson College in August 2017.
Mason comes to Babson from Wellesley High School, where he serves as the boys varsity soccer head coach from 2011-16. He helped the Raiders earn six consecutive state tournament berths, culminating with the program’s first South Sectional Final appearance in over three decades in 2015.
In addition to his high school coaching experience, Mason has worked as a club coach for nearly a decade. He served in a variety of roles for Global Premier Soccer (GPS) from 2008-14, and most recently has worked for FC Boston Scorpions since November 2015. The Olney, England, native also served as the Program Development Director for the Boston Breakers in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) from 2014-15. 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>>
ALEX MACPHERSON – Boston University
Alex Macpherson joined the Boston University women's soccer staff as an assistant coach in June, 2017. In his first season on staff, Macpherson helped guided the Terriers to post a 10-8-3 record. Rachel Bloznalis repeated as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, while Anna Heilferty was named the league's Rookie of the Year to headline five All-Patriot League selections.
No stranger to Boston, Macpherson came to BU after spending the 2016 season as an assistant coach at the Wentworth Institute of Technology before taking over as the interim head coach in January. Prior to his time in Boston, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Franklin Pierce University. more>>
MARY SHIMKO – Brandeis University
Mary Shimko returned to Waltham to join the Brandeis women’s soccer coaching staff in early 2017. In her first season on the sidelines, she helped the Judges to the second round of the NCAA tournament, their fourth-straight bid. The Judges reached the second round before falling to eventual national champions Williams.
Shimko came to Brandeis after spending one season as an assistant coach for College of the Holy Cross. As an assistant, she was involved with recruiting, compliance, and the team's volunteer activities . Shimko directed the Crusaders’ inaugural fall identification clinic. She also worked as an assistant camp director.
Prior to her time at Holy Cross, Shimko spent two seasons as an assistant coach for Smith College, where she helped the Pioneers to a pair of NEWMAC Tournament appearances. 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>>
CHRISTINE SILVA – Endicott College
Christine Silva '13 completed her first season as an assistant coach with the program in 2017-18.
Upon graduation from Endicott, Silva served as an assistant coach for the women's soccer program at nearby Lasell College from 2013-16. During that span, the Lasers went 65-17-6 overall (.773), 41-0-3 in conference play (.966), won four GNAC Championships, and made four NCAA Tournament appearances. 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>>
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>>
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>>
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
- Boston University - Patriot League
- Dartmouth College - Ivy League
- Providence College - Big East
- University of Connecticut - AAC
- University of Massachusetts Lowell - America East
- Babson College - NEWMAC
- Bates College - NESCAC
- Brandeis University - ECAC
- Caltech - SCIAC
- Endicott College - CCC
- Lesley University - NECC
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - NEWMAC
- Roger Williams University - CCC