Saward Named Regional Coach Of The Year

December 3, 2008

Middlebury College men's soccer coach David Saward has been named the NSCAA/Adidas New England Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Saward recently guided the Panthers to a 15-2-4 record, including a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Saward recently completed his 24th year on the Panther coaching staff. He has led the team to 21 post-season appearances in 24 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. Last season, Saward was also deemed the national coach of the year after leading the Panthers to their first NCAA Championship. He has more wins than any other coach in Middlebury soccer history with a career record of 266-85-40.

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.