A three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) New England East Region Coach of the Year and three-time NEWMAC Coach of the Year, Cheryl Silva enters her 26th season at the helm of MIT's field hockey program.
The all-time winningest coach in program history, Silva has compiled a ledger of 258-179-1 to go along with four NEWMAC titles and three trips to the NCAA Tournament, including an appearance in the 2011 quarterfinals. Under her tutelage, the Engineers have racked up 139 NFHCA academic squad, 95 academic all-conference, 53 NEWMAC all-conference, 33 NFHCA New England Region, nine CoSIDA Academic All-America, and 11 NFHCA All-America honors.
Since 2004, Silva has been a member of the NCAA New England East Regional Ranking Committee and the NFHCA Division III All-America Selection Committee. She began her tenure as the chair of the All-America committee during the 2012 season.
Silva received her bachelor's degree from the University of Bridgeport in Physical Education where she played field hockey and softball. Following graduation, she began her coaching career at Staples High School in Connecticut before moving on to the Princeton Day School as a physical education instructor and field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse coach. Silva earned a Masters of Science in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1989 while she was an assistant lacrosse coach at Mount Holyoke College. This was followed by two years at Wellesley College where she was an administrative assistant in the athletic department and assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach.
During her time at MIT, Silva has become an Associate Professor/Senior Coach and a Freshman Advisor. Within the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation, she has served as a member of the senior staff and was the Intramural Sports Coordinator in addition to being an instructor in the physical education program. Silva was also the first head coach in the history of MIT's women's lacrosse program. Leading the team from 1992 to 2007, she guided the Engineers to a 71-111 ledger and a pair of semifinal appearances in the New England Women's 8 Tournament.