Men's Soccer Coach
Now in his 29th year on the Panther coaching staff, Saward has developed one of the most consistently successful soccer programs in the country. He has led the team to 24 post-season appearances in 28 years, including five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances ('94-'98) and nine overall.
The '07 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 school-best 17 shutouts, while not allowing a goal over 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 an NCAA Sectional Final.
In the fall of '09, 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 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 2007. He also has more wins than any other coach in Middlebury soccer history with a career record of 300-98-47 over 27 seasons.
Saward completed his final season at the helm of the women's squash program in '05-'06. His '95 squad enjoyed its best season ever, winning flight "C" of the prestigious Howe Cup tournament held at Yale University. In '05, 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 at Springfield College.