About Middlebury Men's Soccer
Now in its 61st season as a varsity sport, Middlebury soccer has developed a long, proud, and very competitive tradition. Under Coach Saward’s leadership the team has won three NESCAC Championships since the tournament’s inception in 2000 and two ECAC titles in 1986 and 1999. The team has also played in more than half of all NESCAC title games.
The Panthers have appeared in NCAA tournaments 13 times with three NCAA Elite Eight appearances in 2007, 2008, and 2010. In 2007, the Panthers capped their magical season by winning the NCAA National Championship. Coach Saward was selected as Division III National Coach of the Year in 2007 and has been selected as the Regional Coach of the Year on seven other occasions.
In addition to outstanding team accomplishments on the field, the Middlebury soccer program also boasts a tremendous record of developing players, including three NESCAC Players of the Year, three NESCAC Rookies of the Year, over 90 All-New England Players, and 38 All-Americans. This past season Middlebury Men’s Soccer was honored with five All-NESCAC players (the most of any NESCAC team) and the NESCAC Coach of the Year.
Academically speaking, the Middlebury College men's soccer team has been consistently honored for its work in the classroom with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award. Under the leadership of head coach David Saward, the Panthers posted a 2013-14 team grade point average of 3.44 to tie for 10th in the nation across all divisions. The award marks the fifth-straight season the team has been recognized by the organization for its work in the classroom. This past fall, 12 Middlebury men's soccer student-athletes were named to the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team.
Being a Middlebury soccer player is about much more than wins or accolades. Players who have the privilege of being a part of the Panther soccer family become ambassadors for the program both during and after their Middlebury tenure, and have an unmatched record of giving back to the game. The Middlebury soccer coaching legacy can be seen throughout the nation at the college and club level. Middlebury soccer alumni currently include head and assistant coaches at more than half of the NESCAC men’s soccer programs. Outside of the conference, former Middlebury players are coaching at Clemson University, Brown University, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, University of Vermont, University of Massachusetts, Bard College and Norwich University. Middlebury alumni at the high school, youth and club level include directors of coaching and staff coaches at over ten clubs nationwide.
True to Middlebury’s institutional mission of cultivating ethical leaders committed to informed citizenship and active service on the local, national, and international level, the men’s soccer alumni have fullyembraced the responsibility of service post-graduation. In the past decade alone, Middlebury soccer has produced over a dozen players who have given years of service to non-profit organizations, such as Grassroot Soccer, Peace Corps, and Teach For America. These volunteers committed themselves to serving underprivileged populations worldwide.
This culture of engaged citizenship, athletic achievement, and a passion for the game is actively cultivated. It is a value of which the Middlebury soccer alumni, current players, and coaching staff are extremely proud. The program seeks to consciously recruit young men who desire this type of community and leadership.