JOSH SHAPIRO | HEAD COACH
Now in his seventh season as head coach of the Tufts Men's Soccer program, Josh Shapiro has directed the Jumbos to three NCAA appearances in the last four years including winning the program's first-ever NCAA Championship in 2014. Shapiro was selected as National Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Associaton of America (NSCAA) and by D3soccer.com that season.
In 2014, Shapiro's Jumbos became the first team in NCAA Div. III Men's Soccer Championship history to win six road games en route to winning the NCAA crown. They defeated Wheaton (IL) 4-2 in the final. Along the way, Tufts eliminated two-time defending national champs Messiah, 1-0, in the quarterfinals. The Jumbos were the #1 seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship with an undefeated record (7-0-3) that season as well. Shapiro was also voted NESCAC Coach of the Year by his peers after the team won a school-record 16 games overall.
In their defense of the national title last fall, Shapiro guided the Jumbos on a run to the NCAA "Sweet 16." They earned an opening-round win over Salisbury (2-1), then scored twice in the closing minutes to stun host Montcliar State in the second round 3-2. In the third round, Kenyon scored with less than a minute remaining to prevent Tufts from moving on to the quarterfinals. The Jumbos finished at 11-5-3 in 2015 for a combined 27-7-7 mark in the last two seasons.
Hired in 2010, Shapiro quickly made a difference for the Jumbos. In 2012, Tufts qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1996 season. They also advanced to the NESCAC semi-finals that year and finished with a 9-4-4 record. That matched their 9-4-2 mark from 2011 as the program's most wins since 2002 at the time.
Shapiro's teams at Tufts have compiled a 58-28-17 record for a .646 winning percentage overall and a 31-15-13 mark in the league (.636).
The athletes Shapiro has recruited to Tufts have been successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Defender Sam Williams was selected as an NSCAA First Team All-American in 2014. Last fall, leading scorer Nathan Majumder and back Monil Patel received NSCAA All-Region recognition. Goaltender Scott Greenwood set the program record with 27 career shutouts during his junior season in 2015.
Academically, Majumder in 2015 and Scott Blumenthal in 2013 were selected to the Academic All‐District Team. In 2012, Pat Bauer was announced as a member of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America ® Second Team.
Under Shapiro, the men's soccer team has become a constant force for positive change in the surrounding community. Nick Woolf, a 2014 graduate and former goalkeeper coach, was honored as an inaugural recipient of the the Spirit, Sports, Service Award, given to those Jumbo athletes who contributed greatly to the Tufts athletics community behind the scenes. In addition to holding annual free clinics for local youth players, in 2013 the Jumbos adopted nine-year old heart transplant receipient Matt Govostes via Team IMPACT.
Shapiro was previously an assistant coach at Georgetown University from 2006-09. Prior to coaching at Georgetown under Brian Wiese for the 2006-09 seasons, Shapiro served other NCAA Division I coaching stints at American University, George Mason University and Lafayette College from 2003 through 2005. He was a member of the 2005 Patriot League regular season champions at American, and part of the 2003 Patriot League Champions and NCAA Tournament participants at Lafayette.
Shapiro is a native of Leonia, New Jersey. He is a 1997 graduate of Middlebury College, where he was a four-year letterman and captain as a senior. He played on three NCAA Tournament teams, including two that advanced to the round of 16.
Josh, his wife Amy and their children Ben, Sophie and Evan live in nearby Winchester, Mass.
BRYAN HARKIN | ASSISTANT COACH
A Derry, Northern Ireland native, Bryan Harkin joins the Tufts Men's Soccer coaching staff as an assistant in the fall of 2014.
Harkin arrived in the United States in 1999 on a scholarship to play at Fairfield University (CT) having previously been playing with Liverpool FC youth & reserves while representing Northern Ireland at various age groups.
As a stand-out performer, Harkin helped the Fairfield Stags to a conference championship and a regular spot in the national top 25 while earning All-Conference honors in 2001 and 2002 and All-Region laurels in 2002 from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
He then went on to play for the Cape Cod Crusaders in the USL’s Premier Development League, helping the side win the 2002 national title. Harkin next ventured from New England to the Mid-Atlantic area to become the assistant women’s soccer coach at Mount St. Mary’s University while earning his MBA.
As a player, Harkin continued his professional career as a member of the Crystal Palace Baltimore FC. He was a mainstay in the midfield for the Eagles, making 48 appearances in USL Second Division and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches since 2007. Most recently, Harkin has played for the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL.
While in Baltimore, Harkin joined Loyola University as a volunteer assistant coach in 2009 helping the Greyhounds win the conference title and earn a bid to the NCAA College Cup. He then rejoined the program for the 2011 season and helped Loyola capture the league title in 2012.
Harkin has also coached the Maryland Olympic Development Program's U-16 squad and recently guided them to the national championship game.
MARK WATERMAN | ASSISTANT COACH