Beacon Soccer Academy provides aspiring collegiate players with an intensive training experience along with the opportunity to be evaluated by College Coaches who can improve their future student-athlete careers.
Ken Bovell brings 25 years of proven success as a coach at many levels to the game of soccer. 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. He is entering his seventh year and fifth season as head coach of the MIT Men's Soccer program making the post-season tournament on three occasions in the past four years. During the 2015 season, he led his team to a historic run (18-3-1) and it's first NCAA tournament win since 2003 while advancing to the Sweet 16. Bovell was also named the 2015 NEWMAC Coach of the Year and the ECAC Division III Regional Coach of the Year as the Engineers climbed to national ranking, ending the season at number 13.
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. He began his career coaching the varsity boys' soccer teams at Abington High School and Newton South High School and is still overseeing the Massachusetts' ODP Boys U-16 Team, a position he has held since 1994. His teams have in the past won state championships and regional championships, while contending for national championships as well. He has worked with many players who have gone on to have successful careers in college and beyond. Bovell holds the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma and the USSF "B" Coaching License.
James Boden was named Suffolk men's soccer head coach in August 2015 and became the first-ever full-time coach of the University’s men’s soccer program in the summer of 2018, which marked his fourth season in Boston.
Prior to standing along the sidelines as coach, the three-year player at Sheffield Hallam University in England, Boden also had youth contracts with Stoke City FC, Port Vale and Chesterfield FC.
Boden, a 2004 graduate from Sheffield Hallam with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science (BSc), moved across the pond to begin his coaching career in 2005. Atop of his coaching tasks, Boden will continue to develop his sports and fitness businesses Boston Beach Soccer, Cape Cod Futsal and AllGen Athletes, which he started in 2011.
Connor Erickson recently completed his fourth season as the head men’s soccer coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology. The Leopards finished the 2016 campaign with a 13-4-4 record, falling in the Conference Final to Western New England.
Erickson came to Wentworth from Bridgewater State, where he was beginning his second stint (2009-2010; 2013) as an assistant men’s soccer coach. Prior to returning to Bridgewater State, he served as an assistant coach at Wheaton College (2011) and UMass Boston (2012) as well as serving as the boys’ junior varsity coach at Canton High School during the 2008 season. At the collegiate level he has extensive recruiting experience at the high school, club, and prep school levels at both the regional and national levels.
A 2008 graduate of Wheaton with a Bachelor’s degree in history, Erickson played three seasons for the Lyons and served as a student assistant coach during the 2007 season when an injury sidelined him. During his career Wheaton posted a 56-20-11 (.707) record, capturing four straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference regular season championships and three NEWMAC Tournament championships while advancing to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons. The 2004 season saw the Lyons finish 17-4-2 and earn a berth in the sectional semifinals.
Brian Kelley is entering his fifth season as the head coach of the Engineers in 2017. He begins the campaign with a 45-21-7 (.664) overall record.
Coach Kelley is really excited about the veteran group returning as Brendan Nemes was an NSCAA, now United Soccer Coaches, All-Region. The team is looking to make playoffs and improve on last year’s 9-4-4 record and conference play.
In addition to four All-NEWMAC performers, Kurt Naugler claimed his third CoSIDA Academic All-District I nod while Riley Doherty was selected as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year in 2015. The Engineers claimed two more All-Conference accolades in 2016 and made Kelley a perfect 4-for-4 in having at least one first teamer. Brendan Nemes also garnered recognition as an All-Region third teamer.
The 2014 team reached the NEWMAC finals for the first time in program history and was ranked sixth in the New England region with a 14-5 ledger. Three players drew All Conference selections last season and Eric Crevoiserat earned a spot on the NSCAA All-Region third team. Additionally, the team ranked seventh in the country in goals against average in 2014.
Kelley helped the Engineers post a 11-5-1 overall record in 2013 as co-head coach with Malcolm MacPherson. Three players drew all-conference recognition, while forward Chris Ciampa was honored as an All-New England performer and Naugler was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District I honoree. Matt Farrell was also feted as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year.
Prior to his time as head coach, Kelley spent four seasons as an assistant under MacPherson.
Kelley coached both men's and women's soccer at The Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. Kelley left a legacy at Defiance as he led the Women's team to their first ever winning season and the men to the conference finals in 2003 and 2004. Kelley was named the Heartland Conference Coach of the Year on the men's side in 2002 and in 2003 was given the honor for his work with the men's and women's teams.
Before venturing to Ohio, Kelley was an assistant on the men's and women's soccer teams at Muhlenberg College, his alma mater.
As a student, Kelley played for Muhlenberg's men's soccer team for four years and was once named a Centennial Conference All-star. Kelley was also co-captain of the team that reached the Division III Final Four in 1995. After graduating, Kelley signed as a professional soccer player for the Reading Rage (Reading, PA) of the United Soccer League. Reading was the “farm” team for the then NY Metro Stars, now known as the NY Red Bulls. Kelley then took his skills abroad as he trained with Shelbourne F.C, (Dublin, Ireland) and played the 1997 and 1999 seasons for Verona F.C.
Kelley is the owner and president of East Coast Soccer, a company that runs camps, clinics, and tournaments, as well as a few club teams in soccer communities north of Boston. He has also worked as the Director of Coaching and Player Development at the New England Soccer School. While there, Kelley helped the program expand from two teams to fifteen in three years.
Kelley is originally from Needham, MA and has recently moved to Central Mass.
Bryan Longo enters his third year as an assistant coach for the MIT men's soccer team this fall.
Longo has been involved with coaching soccer for the past 11 years which includes two years as the head coach of the Lexington High School Boys Varsity team, where he led the team to a record of 25-4-6 and back-to-back Middlesex League titles in 2014 and 2015. Longo also spent one year as a pro coach of the Lexington United Soccer Club, five years as a staff coach for SFC New England and 11 years as a coach at the Soccer 101 Academy.
Longo holds a bachelor's degree in business administration - management from Seton Hall University and a masters in business administration - marketing from Bentley University. Longo was a Division I men's soccer player in the Big East Conference at Seton Hall as he started in 62 games in the midfield from 2007-2010.
Longo is also a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as he holds an Advanced National Diploma from the organization.
Dan Roberts joined the Emmanuel College staff during the spring of 2016, becoming just the third-ever Head Coach of the Men's Soccer program.
In his first season at the helm, Roberts led the Saints to an 8-9-2 record while posting a 4-4-1 mark in GNAC play to earn the No. 5 seed in the 2016 GNAC tournament. His squad posted six shutouts to rank second in program history for clean sheets in a single season and also saw two players earn GNAC All-Conference honors.
Roberts brings to Emmanuel a wealth of Division III experience as both a coach and a former student-athlete. Most recently, Roberts was the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at University of Massachusetts Boston, where he helped lead the Beacons to a Little East Conference Championship and to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2015. Prior to the 2015 season at UMass Boston, Roberts was the Assistant Coach at COF rival Wentworth Institute of Technology for two years.
As a collegiate player, Roberts was a four-year member and two-time team captain of the Bridgewater State University Men's Soccer Team. He earned All-MASCAC honors three years in a row and represented the men's soccer team on BSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years.
Roberts also has a great deal of club coaching experience and is currently affiliated with the FC Boston Bolts program. He has prior experience as the Training Director for the Commonwealth Football Coach and as an Assistant Coach at Canton High School.
Roberts works full-time as the Assistant Sports Information Director and Equipment Manager at Emmanuel and resides in Quincy, MA.
Assistant Coach Daniel Toulson comes to Emerson after spending three years at Catholic University. During his time in Washington, D.C., the Cardinals won the Landmark Conference Championship and made an appearance in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to joining Catholic, Toulson served as a coach at Hamilton Boys' High School in his native New Zealand. Toulson has experience recruiting in the United States and Nigeria.
As a player, Toulson represented New Zealand at the U19 level on a tour of Europe in 2006 before beginning a collegiate career with Kenyon College (OH) in 2008. As a Lord, he was selected to the NCAC All-Conference team and served as team captain in 2011.
Toulson graduated from Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in 2012. Additionally, he earned a Masters in Sociology with a focus on Sport and International Development from Catholic in 2016.