Head Coach - Men's Soccer
Ken Bovell enters his fifth season as the head coach of MIT men’s soccer in 2019. MIT finished 2015, his first season, with a record of 18-3-1 (7-0-0 NEWMAC), broke 11 team records and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament for the first time since 2003. It was also the first time in program history that the Engineers hosted the NCAA Tournament as MIT defeated Bridgewater State 5-1 and Bowdoin 1-0 to advance to the Sweet 16.
In four seasons with the Engineers, his teams have made three appearances in the NEWMAC Postseason Tournament and one appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer National Championship Tournament.
2015 also marked the first time since 2008 that MIT men’s soccer had three student-athletes selected as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans while Sean Bingham led the team with 21 goals, 12 points and 54 points, to become the program’s all-time leader in goals (70) and points (162). Bingham was named an All-American by the NSCAA, the D3Soccer Forward of the Year, the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year and was selected to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team for the third straight season.
Prior to his promotion to head coach, Bovell served as an assistant at MIT for two seasons. As part of the success that Bovell brought to the MIT men’s soccer program, he was awarded with both the NEWMAC Coach of the Year and ECAC Division III New England Coach of the Year accolades in 2015. Since taking over head coaching duties in 2015, the program has registered a record of 38-23-10.
Bovell brings over 25 years of proven success as a coach at many levels to the Engineers. He was born and grew up playing soccer in Trinidad. Upon coming to the United States, he played soccer at Boston College and was a semi-professional player in the L.A.S.A. League with the Lowell Blues from 1982-1985.
Bovell has been an Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach for many years and has worked with players at the high school, college and club levels. A head coach for the FC Boston Soccer Club, Bovell began his career coaching the varsity boys’ high school soccer teams at Abington and Newton South.
Bovell also oversees the Massachusetts’ ODP Boys U-16 Team, a position he has held since 1994. His club and state teams have won state and regional championships, while contending for national honors as well. He has worked with many players who have gone on to have successful careers in college and beyond and holds a USSF “B” Coaching License and NSCAA Director of Coaching certificate.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in management from Newbury College and had a 30 year career with the Boston Housing Authority, working as a Human Resource Specialist, Property Manager and Budget Analyst.The 2017 season marked the beginning of Clayton Schmitt's second stint as an assistant coach for the Emory men's soccer team.
Clayton rejoined the Eagles' program after spending the 2014-2016 campaigns at Oglethorpe University, where he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped the Stormy Petrels to an overall record of 24-20-7 during those three seasons, which included 2015 and 2016 Southern Athletic Association regular-season titles.
Schmitt also has been the head coach of the women's program at Holy Innocents High School in Atlanta since December of 2014, chalking up a 32-15-5 record and directing his teams to a pair of semifinal apperances in the Class AA State Championships.
Schmitt's first go-around as an assistant at Emory came from June 2011 through April of 2014. During his tenure, he helped the Eagles to an overall slate of 31-20-4, which included a 2012 University Athletic Association co-championship and a second-round apperance in the NCAA Tournament. His primary responsibilites entered around coaching the Emory goalkeepers while assisting in other areas of the program.
Clayton also is the Director of Coaches for the Southern Soccer Academy's Northside (Buckhead) branch in Atlanta, overseeing the program's start to now having 30 competitive teams and taking his U15 Girls Athena team to the 2017 State Cup tournament.
He was formerly the Varsity Boys and Girls Head Coach at the Weber School in Sandy Springs. During his time at the Weber School, Clayton guided the girls’ team to two GISA Quarterfinal berths and the boys’ team to GISA Semifinal and Quarterfinal berths. In addition, he has coached seven All-State players (five boys and two girls). From 2011-2012 he was the Varsity Girls Head Coach at North Springs High School, and led the team to its first region tournament in five years, coaching two players to all-region honors.
Clayton is a former goalkeeper from Mercer University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business in 2006. He also earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State University in 2008. He holds the NSCAA Premier, Advanced National, and National Diplomas, and, as well as the National Goalkeeping Diploma, and is in the teaching pool for NSCAA courses in Georgia.
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