The 2010 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, Milton Gooding enters his fifth season at MIT after serving as the head coach of traditional regional power Amherst College for 10 years. During his tenure with the Engineers, he has amassed an overall record of 43-21-6 resulting in the highest winning percentage in the program's history (.657). In addition, the squad's four-year home ledger of 25-5-3 yielded the best winning percentage (.803) among all NCAA Division III New England soccer programs.
Gooding's teams have registered two undefeated seasons on Roberts Field, an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008, and Institute records for longest unbeaten streak (13 games), shutouts in a season (11), and fewest goals allowed in a season (13).
Upon his arrival at MIT, a major component of Gooding's philosophy has been a focus on national and international recruiting. As a result, the Engineers have received numerous All-Conference, regional, and national citations and have been a mainstay in the NSCAA New England rankings.
Gooding is widely considered one of the region's top coaches and his career winning percentage of .676 ranks among the highest active winning percentages in the nation. He guided Amherst to the NCAA regional finals three times between 1997 and 2006, while adding trips to the Elite Eight and NCAA Final Four. Along with his father and co-head coach, Peter, Gooding compiled a record of 106-46-14 in his tenure with the Lord Jeffs.
For the last five years, Gooding has also been heavily involved with the Adidas Elite Soccer Program which is designed to identify the top 150 high school soccer players around the country. Before arriving at Amherst, Gooding served as the head assistant coach at Kenyon College, helping to lead the Lords to an undefeated season, a No. 1 national ranking and a trip to the NCAA Final Four. In two years with the Kenyon program, the Lords amassed a record of 32-3.