A four-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year and a previous National Coach of the Year recipient, Tufts University's Martha Whiting is in her 21st season as head coach of the Jumbos.
Coach Whiting directed Tufts to its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance last fall, including a 2-0 opening-round win over Penn State Behrend. The team's 11 victories last season was the program's most since 2007.
The Tufts program has made six NCAA Tournament appearances overall under Coach Whiting, including the 2000 and 2005 teams that won NCAA New England championships and advanced to the NCAA "Final Four." Tufts hosted the NCAA "Final Four" on Kraft Field in 2000 when they lost to College of New Jersey on a last-second goal in the national championship game. Whiting was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III National Coach of the Year for that season. That team won a school-record 18 games, which is followed by the 2005 team's 15 wins in the school record book. The Jumbos have an 11-6-4 record overall in NCAA play under Whiting's guidance.
Whiting's teams have compiled a 186-104-39 record for a .625 winning percentage at Tufts. The Jumbos are regularly among the top four teams in the competitive NESCAC and placed fourth last year. They advanced to the conference semifinals where they lost a tight 3-2 match against Williams College, the eventual NCAA champion. Tufts has qualified for 18 of the 19 NESCAC Championship tournaments overall. Whiting's Jumbos were conference champions in 2002 and the team's runner-up finish in 2017 was their third including 2000 and 2005. Coach Whiting has been selected as NESCAC's Coach of the Year in 2017, 2010, 2005 and 2002. Tufts finished first during the conference regular season in 2010, 2005 and 2002.
The scholar-athletes recruited to Tufts by Coach Whiting succeed on the field, in class and in the community. Whiting has coached six All-Americans, including goaltender Emily Bowers in 2017. Bowers in 2017 and current team member Sarah Maloney received United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America accolades. Bowers was on the Scholar All-America first team as was one of just 12 student-athletes in the nation to receive that honor. Ten team members received Academic All-NESCAC awards for carrying grade point averages of 3.50 or better last year. Overall the team has an outstanding 3.495 cumulative grade point average.
The program is also very involved in community service under Coach Whiting. The Jumbos recently drafted Emily Matarese, a courageous teenage girl from Medford, Massachusetts, through Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization which works to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by pairing them with collegiate athletic teams. Through Team IMPACT, the children become official team members and attend games, practices and other team events. Emily is the Jumbos' second Team IMPACT teammate during Coach Whiting's tenure.
A 1993 Tufts graduate, Whiting played four seasons as an all-star goalkeeper for the Jumbos. She was the team's MVP three times and still holds the program's records for career saves and fewest goals allowed in a season. After graduation, she worked for six seasons as an assistant coach under Bill Gehling at her alma mater. She was promoted to head coach when Gehling was named Athletics Director at Tufts in July 1999.