Ken Bovell enters his first season as the head coach of the MIT men's soccer team in 2015 after spending the past two years as an assistant coach.
Bovell brings 25 years of proven success as a coach at many levels to the Engineers. He was born in, 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 Scorpions Soccer Club of Boston, Bovell began his career coaching the varsity boys' soccer teams at Abington High School and Newton South High School. Bovell also coached with the Blazers Soccer Club of Boston, and is still overseeing the Massachusetts' ODP Boys U-16 Team, a position he has held since 1994. His teams have 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 and holds a USSF "B" Coaching License.
He holds an Associates Degree in management from Newbury College and is recently retired after 30 years of service with the Boston Housing Authority, working as a Human Resource Specialist, Property Manager and Budget Analyst.
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Brian Leighton enters his second year as an assistant coach at MIT and will be working with the team’s goalkeepers this season.
A four-year starter with Mount Ida College’s men’s soccer team, Leighton led the Mustangs to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005, and received various North Atlantic Conference and Great Northeast Athletic Conference accolades prior to his graduation.
Leighton spent one year competing for the Maine Sting, a member of the US Club Soccer National Premier League before returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team. He spent two years coaching Delta FC and is currently in his third season with the Celtic Bolts FC as head coach.
Leighton holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and masters in management. He also has a class “E” coaching license certified by the USYSA.