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 sixth year and fourth season as head coach of the MIT Men's Soccer program making the post-season tournament twice in the past three 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. A current head coach in the FC Boston Bolts, Bovell 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. He holds the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma and the USSF "B" Coaching License.
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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers in 2017. Prior to this, Kelley spent four seasons as an assistant under head coach Malcolm MacPherson.
Kelley coached both men's and women's soccer at The Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, leaving 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.
Kelley has also been a member of the Massachusetts ODP coaching staff for several years and is the current Head Coach of the program’s 2000 boys’ team.
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.