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 ninth season as head coach of the Jumbos, Shapiro has directed the program to five NCAA appearances in the last six years including the two titles. He was also the D3soccer.com National Coach of the Year in 2014. He is a two-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year, earning the honor last fall after leading Tufts to its first conference title and also in 2014 when 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 four seasons (2014-17), the Jumbos have a combined 57-14-13 mark for a 75.6 winning percentage. Tufts went undefeated in NESCAC for 2014 with a 7-0-3 record and earned the #1 seed in the conference again last year with a 7-1-2 mark. Shapiro's teams have compiled an 88-35-23 record for a 68.1 winning percentage overall and a 44-18-17 mark in the competitive NESCAC (66.5).
The athletes Shapiro has recruited to Tufts have been successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Last fall, 2018 graduate Conor Coleman was the only player from NESCAC and one of just two players from New England named as a United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) first team All-American. He was also NESCAC Player of the Year. Tyler Kulcsar, also a 2018 gradute, received All-America accolades as well. The Jumbos' defense ranked second among NCAA Division III teams with a 0.09 goals against average in 2017.
In addition to his athletic honors, Coleman was selected as the United Soccer Coaches National Scholar Player of the Year last season. He was one of 13 team members who received Academic All-NESCAC honors for carrying grade point averages of 3.40 or better. Overall the team has an outstanding 3.443 cumulative grade point average.
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.