"Meet the Coaches" with MIT Men's Soccer Head Coach Ken Bovell

Men's soccer head coach Ken Bovell

Cambridge, Mass. (May 14) -- As part of a series that is taking place throughout the 2020-21 academic year, the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) is featuring a number of head coaches and DAPER staff members to learn more about them. This next installment of the series features MIT head coach Ken Bovell, who is currently in his sixth season at the helm of the men's soccer program.

In five seasons with the Engineers, his teams have made four appearances in the NEWMAC Postseason Tournament and one appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer National Championship Tournament. Since taking over head coaching duties in 2015, the program has registered a record of 45-28-16. Also in those five years, Bovell has coached 14 All-Conference honorees, four All-Region selections, one All-American and six CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

As part of each feature, we have included a written question and answer session, along with a video interview where recruits, alumni, fans and others can learn more about the program and MIT. If you can't currently visit MIT, we will bring MIT to you! 

What is your favorite professional sports team?

Manchester United

Who is your favorite athlete of all-time and why?

Michael Jordan. I truly admired his will to win and his understanding of the work required.

What is your favorite movie?

This is a hard question since I have a number of them. I am an Al Pacino fan and I loved the movies "And Justice for All" and "Scarface". I loved "Bridges of Madison County" and the Spike Lee movie "Malcolm X" 

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?

Australia. I would love to see how the Aboriginal people live.

What is your favorite sport, besides soccer, to watch on TV or stream?

I am amazed by the skill on skates and with their sticks of the hockey players, the athleticism of basketball players and the toughness of football players so I watch it all. 

​What is your favorite quote?​

"To achieve the impossible we attempt the ridiculous."

What is your favorite restaurant?

Bernard's in Chestnut Hill. They serve good food and a great Mai Tai.

If you didnt end up coaching for a career, what would have done for a job?

I loved my job working in Human Resources. I enjoyed being able to meet and help a variety of employees.