MEDFORD – Josh Shapiro, who directed the Tufts University men's soccer team to four NCAA Championships in the last six years, will leave Tufts to become the next head coach at Harvard University.
Shapiro was hired at Tufts in 2010 to take over a team that won two games and was winless in conference play the previous season. Within two years he guided the program to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2012, the Jumbos' first since 1996. Tufts then won its first national championship in 2014 and added NCAA titles in 2016, 2018 and 2019. The program is one of just three in NCAA Division III Men's Soccer history to win four or more NCAA championships, all under Coach Shapiro.
"We're excited for Josh and his family to receive this opportunity, and we thank him for 10 tremendous years at Tufts," Director of Athletics John Morris said. "He led our men's soccer program to unprecedented success, and he did it the right way. He is an outstanding coach, mentor and colleague, and he has made such a positive impact on so many Jumbo student-athletes and fellow staff members over the years. We are very sorry to see Josh go, and we wish him nothing but the best at Harvard."
After each of the Jumbos' championship seasons, Coach Shapiro and his assistants were named as the Division III Coaching Staff of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches (formerly National Soccer Coaches Association of America). Coach Shapiro also received the D3soccer.com National Coach of the Year honor in 2014 and 2018, and he is a three-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year.
In addition to winning its fourth NCAA title this fall with a 2-0 victory against NESCAC rival Amherst College on December 7, Tufts also captured its second conference championship in the last three seasons by defeating Middlebury College 2-1. The Jumbos went on to post a final record of 20-2-2 for the most wins in a season at Tufts. By the numbers, the 2019 season under Coach Shapiro was the best in team history.
Overall, Shapiro's Jumbo teams have compiled a 126-37-28 record for a 73.3 winning percentage and a 59-19-21 mark in the competitive NESCAC (70.2). His 2018 NCAA Championship team was undefeated (18-0-3). Tufts finished first for the NESCAC regular-season in 2014, 2017 and 2018.
The players recruited to the Jumbos by Coach Shapiro and his staff annually received conference, regional and national accolades. Seniors Joe Braun and Gavin Tasker both repeated as United Soccer Coaches All-Americans and Scholar All-American this fall. Braun was named National Scholar Player of the Year, the second Jumbo to receive that prestigious award since 2017.
"I can't thank Tufts enough for giving me my first head coaching job and providing a culture that helped us achieve this success," Shapiro said. "I want to thank the players and their families for committing to working so hard and for giving so much to the program. I am so proud of what we have accomplished together. It is very difficult to leave Tufts, but I am really excited about the opportunity in front of me at Harvard."
A national search for Shapiro's replacement will begin immediately.