Tufts University Men's Soccer head coach Josh Shapiro and his staff were named the Division III Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2016 after the Jumbos won the program's second NCAA championship. This was the second national honor from the NSCAA for Shapiro. He was named the National Coach of the Year in 2014 following the team's first NCAA championship.
Now in his eighth season as head coach of the Jumbos, Shapiro has directed the program to four NCAA appearances in the last five years including the two titles. He was also the D3soccer.com National Coach of the Year in 2014 and was voted NESCAC Coach of the Year by his peers that season after the team won a school-record 16 games.
Hired in 2010, Shapiro quickly made a difference for the Jumbos. In 2012, Tufts qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. Over the last three seasons (2014-16), the Jumbos have a combined 42-12-9 mark for a 73.8 winning percentage. Tufts went undefeated in NESCAC for 2014 with a 7-0-3 record. Shapiro's teams have compiled a 73-33-19 record for a .660 winning percentage overall and a 37-17-15 mark in the competitive NESCAC (.645).
The athletes Shapiro has recruited to Tufts have been successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Forward Gaston Becherano, back Daniel Sullivan and goalkeeper Scott Greenwood were All-Americans in 2016, with Greenwood earning D3soccer.com Goalkeeper of the Year honors for Division III. The Jumbos' solid defense was the backbone of the team as they were third in the country in save percentage (0.874) and eighth in the nation in team goals against average (0.52).
Eleven team members received Academic All-NESCAC honors in 2016 for carrying grade point averages of 3.40 or better. Overall the team has an outstanding 3.447 cumulative GPA. Back in 2012, Jumbo Pat Bauer was awarded as a member of the Capital One Academic All-America ® Second Team.
During Shapiro's tenure, Tufts Men's Soccer has been a 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. They also annually play a game in support of Grassroot Soccer.
Before Tufts, Shapiro was an assistant coach at Georgetown under Brian Wiese for the 2006-09 seasons. He also 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.