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.