Tufts University Men's Soccer head coach Josh Shapiro and his staff have led the Jumbos to three NCAA Division III Championships in the last five seasons (2014, 2016, 2018). The Jumbos became just the fifth program in NCAA Division III history to win three national championships with their 2-1 victory over Calvin College capping an undefeated season (18-0-3) in Greensboro, North Carolina last December.
After each of the championship seasons, Coach Shapiro and his assistants have been 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 for the second time in 2018. He was also the D3soccer.com National Coach of the Year in 2014 and is a two-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year.
Now in his 10th season as head coach of the Jumbos, Shapiro has built Tufts into the premier Division III program in the nation. He has directed the team to six NCAA appearances in the last seven years including the three titles. 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 five seasons (2014-18), the Jumbos have a combined 75-14-16 mark for an outstanding 79.0 winning percentage. Tufts went undefeated in NESCAC for both the 2018 (8-0-2) and 2014 seasons (7-0-3) and have earned the #1 seed for the conference regular-season two years in a row. Overall, Shapiro's teams have compiled an 106-35-26 record for a 71.3 winning percentage and a 52-18-19 mark in the competitive NESCAC (69.1).
The student-athletes Shapiro has recruited to Tufts have been successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Last fall, the team's three D3soccer.com All-Americans were the most in the program's history. The Jumbos' five All-NESCAC honorees were the most of any team in the conference. In the final NCAA statistics for 2018, Tufts was ranked eighth nationally with their 0.50 goals against average. Additionally, the Jumbos' 46 goals last fall were the most by a Tufts team since the 2014 national champions tallied 49. For 2018, Tufts' 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.
In addition to the athletic honors, the team's three members selected to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Teams was more than any other Division III team in the nation. Nine Jumbos received Academic All-NESCAC honors for carrying grade point averages of 3.50 or better. In 2018, Coleman was selected as the United Soccer Coaches National Scholar Player of the Year. Overall the team has an outstanding 3.444 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 university's 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.