Saward Earns National Coach Of The Year Honors

January 22, 2008

Middlebury College men's soccer coach David Saward has been named the NSCAA/Adidas National Coach of the Year. The 23-year head coach led the Panthers to their first NCAA Championship this fall, setting a new school record with 18 wins against just two losses and a pair of ties. His '07 squad earned a school-best 17 shutouts, while capturing the NESCAC Championship.

Saward recently completed his 23rd year on the Panther coaching staff. He has led the team to 20 post-season appearances in 23 years, including five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances ('94-'98). Saward has also guided the team to a pair of ECAC Championships in '86 and '99 and the inaugural NESCAC Championship in '00. He was named the New England Coach of the Year in 1985, 1986, 1996, 1998 and again in '07. He also has more wins than any other coach in Middlebury soccer history with a career record of 251-83-36.

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 at Springfield College.