David Saward, Head Coach - Middlebury College
Saward enters his 30th season at the helm of one of New England’s most well-respected soccer programs. He has led the team to 25 postseason appearances in 29 years, including five-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1994-98) and 10 overall. He has more wins than any other coach in Middlebury soccer history with a career record of 315-110-49 over 29 seasons.
The 2007 season was a magical one for the Panthers, as they captured the program's first NCAA Championship. Middlebury set a new school record with 18 wins against just two losses and a pair of ties. They earned a program all-time best 17 shutouts, while not allowing a goal during five NCAA Tournament games. The Panthers also won their second NESCAC Championship. Following the season, Saward was named the New England and National Coach of the Year. The following season, Saward earned Regional Coach of the Year honors after leading the team to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Saward has also guided the team to a pair of ECAC Championships in 1986 and 1999 and the inaugural NESCAC Championship in 2000. He was named the New England Coach of the Year in 1985, 1986, 1996, 1998 and 2007. Saward has also guided the team to NESCAC Championships in 2000, 2007 and 2010.
In the fall of 2009, Saward was honored by the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) with the Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education Award, given annually for long-term service to soccer.
Saward completed his final season at the helm of the women's squash program in 2005-06. His 1995 squad enjoyed its best season ever, winning flight "C" of the prestigious Howe Cup tournament held at Yale University. In 2005, his squash team rose to the top once again, winning the Walker Cup. Saward is a three-time recipient of the Clarence C. Chaffee Award, given to "the coach whose team has demonstrated the qualities and court demeanor that characterized Clarence C. Chaffee."
Before joining the Middlebury staff in 1985, Saward was an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for two years. He has also coached or directed several soccer schools and summer camps. Saward, who is director of coaching for the State of Vermont and chair of the NCAA tournament committee for New England, is a Senior Staff Coach with the NSCAA national coaching staff. He is a certified soccer coach of both the British and Canadian Soccer associations and holds the NSCAA Advanced Coaching Diploma. Saward earned his bachelor's degree in education at the University of London and his Master's degree at Springfield College.
Alex Elias, Assistant Coach - Middlebury College
Alex Elias enters his second year as the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Middlebury College. During his first year the Panthers reached the NESCAC semi-finals and developed four First Team All-NESCAC players, three All-New England players, and the NESCAC Player of the Year. In the classroom the Panthers achieved the 10th highest GPA in the nation across all divisions.
Prior to working at Middlebury, Elias spent three seasons as the lead assistant at Division I LIU Brooklyn. While at LIU Elias worked in all aspects of the program, including practice and conditioning, recruiting, video analysis, scouting, academic monitoring, alumni relations and community service projects. While at LIU Elias helped tutor a member of the Canadian National Team, an Academic All-American, a COSIDA Academic All-District First Team Honoree, an All-Northeast Region Player, and three All-NEC Players. During his tenure the team saw high levels of academic success, earning NSCAA Team Academic Awards in all three seasons and receiving the NSCAA #1 National Team Academic Award for achieving the highest team GPA in the nation for all Division I men's soccer programs in 2012.
During a four-year playing career at Middlebury College, Elias played in three NESCAC Championships and captained the 2007 team to the school’s first NCAA Championship. The Panthers also won their first NESCAC crown since 2000 in that year, while Elias received First Team All-America, First-Team All-New England and First Team All-NESCAC honors. Elias also excelled in the classroom, being named a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2007 with a 3.71 GPA. He was named to the All-NESCAC Academic team in both 2006 and 2007, and received the NESCAC Sportsmanship Award in 2007.
Following his playing career, Elias engaged in a wide array of non-profit service ventures. He spent a year living in Kimberley, South Africa, working with Grassroot Soccer, a non-profit organization that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Upon returning to the United States Elias moved to Brooklyn, New York, as a part of the Teach For America program, a national teacher corps of recent college graduates and professionals who commit to teach in under-resourced public schools.
Elias graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Middlebury in 2008, earned an M.A. in Psychology from LIU Brooklyn in 2013, and holds his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Andy McCabe, Head Coach - Bard College
Andy McCabe came to Bard in the summer of 2013.
McCabe came to Bard from Middlebury College, where he was an assistant coach in charge of recruiting for eight seasons. During that time, the Panthers won two New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships, made three NCAA Div. III Elite 8 appearances, and won the NCAA Div. III National Championship in 2007.
In addition to his work at Middlebury College, McCabe was head of the U17 Team in the Vermont Olympic Development Program, and a coach/administrator at the Vermont Soccer School.
After the 2015 season, McCabe was named the Liberty League Coach of the year, and the ECAC Div. III Upstate Coach of the Year.
Adam Batista, Assistant Coach - Wheaton College
Adam Batista starts his first year as the assistant coach of the men's soccer program for the 2015 season.
Batista brings a strong soccer background to the Wheaton program, spending the 2014 season as the assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at the University of Vermont. At Middlebury College where he attended, Batista was a three-year starter for the Panthers and a captain in 2013. He won the NESCAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2010.
Batista spent the previous two years as a staff coach for Far Post Soccer Club in Burlington, Vt. In 2014, he served as the goalkeeper coach for the Vermont Olympic Development Program. He also received a NSCAA National Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 1 Diploma. Presently, he coaches for CS United in Plymouth.
Batista is currently pursing a master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration at Concordia University Irvine and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Vermont.
David Lindholm, Assistant Coach - Western New England Un...
First-year assistant David Lindholm joins Western New England University after serving on head coach Devin O’Neill’s staff at the University of Massachusetts during the 2014 season. A national championship winning college coach, Lindholm also has several years of experience in the front office of two Major League Soccer clubs.
With the Minutemen last season, Lindholm was the top assistant coach to O'Neill involving in all aspects of the program, including training, recruiting, budget management, scouting, travel, and day-to-day operations. He also worked with the goalkeepers, helping develop a trio into a group that kept two shutouts in the team's final three Atlantic-10 Conference games.
Lindholm also was an assistant coach with his alma mater at Middlebury College in 2007 when the Panthers captured their first-ever NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship crown and an all-time school best 18-2-2 record. As the program's goalkeeper coach, Lindholm mentored Brian Bush who posted a 0.32 goals-against average in 19 games during his first season as a starter, being named a first-team NSCAA All-American. Backup Jamie Wheeler also posted a miniscule GAA of 0.45 in more than 400 minutes of action. The team compiled 17 shutouts in 22 matches, allowing just eight goals over the course of the season, and remains the only team to win the NCAA national title without conceding a goal in the tournament.
From 2008 through 2014, Lindholm served in the front office for Major League Soccer clubs Chivas USA and Colorado Rapids. In his role as Director of Media Relations for the Rapids, he was part of the first team staff, attending all practices and matches and working closely with the club's president and technical director. During his MLS career, Lindholm worked alongside head coaches such as Preki, Martín Vásquez, Robin Fraser, Gary Smith, Oscar Pareja and Pablo Mastroeni.
At the Salisbury (Conn.) School, Lindholm coached the high school to a 20-6-7 record from 2006 to 2007 with a schedule that included many of the top prep school teams in New England. Three players on the Salisbury teams went on to play NCAA Division I soccer at Hartford, Marist and Fairfield.
Lindholm's additional youth coaching experience includes goalkeeper training with the Chivas USA U-18 and U-16 Teams in Los Angeles, as well as camps and clinics for the Colorado Rapids.
As a player, Lindholm was a goalkeeper for Middlebury from 2001-04, earning 11 shutouts in 20 matches (17 starts). He played two seasons with the semi-pro Vermont Voltage of the Premier Development League, helping the club to consecutive regular-season division championships and postseason appearances.
A native of North Andover, Lindholm attended the Brooks School and graduated from Middlebury in 2005, studying American Civilization and Spanish. He is currently enrolled in the McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass' Isenberg School of Management, with an expected graduation in Spring 2016.
Brandon Jackson, Assistant Coach - Bard College
Brandon Jackson joined the coaching staff at Bard in 2015 after having run an attacking clinic for the team the season prior.
Coach Jackson was a striker on the 2007 Middlebury College soccer team that won the NCAA Div. III National Championships. He scored the winning penalty kick that sealed the historic victory in the final against Trinity, Texas.
Coach Jackson is the recruiting director of the Bard program off the pitch and chief architect of Bard's attack on it. His work resulted in the Coaching Staff of the Year Award from the Liberty League after the 2015 season.