About the Program
The Milton boys’ soccer program has a rich and storied history and has enjoyed tremendous success in recent years. The program is built upon a foundation of teamwork, sportsmanship, and love of the game and aims to develop each player to become the best player and person they can be. In each of the last two years, the varsity team has been the only ISL team to advance to the highly competitive Class A New England Tournament and the team completed the most recent season with an undefeated record of 14-0-4. Recent Milton graduates have gone on to play Amherst College, Wesleyan University, Colby College, Bates College, Trinity College, Connecticut College, Bowdoin College, and Washington University in St. Louis.
While the varsity team has enjoyed tremendous success in recent years, the Milton boys’ soccer program is much more than one team. The high school program fields four competitive teams and aims to provide a competitive and coaching intensive experience for players of all ability levels. The emphasis on player development — within a structure that is consistent with the goals and philosophy of the varsity team — allows athletes to develop and learn the systems and terminology that they will need to progress through the soccer program at Milton. At every level, the teams are led by experienced and capable coaches dedicated to creating a fantastic experience for all of their athletes.
Coach Kane would like to encourage prospective Milton students who are interested in soccer to reach out to him by email (email@example.com) or to check the calendar on the web and come to see a game at Milton. We are sure you will find the competition against ISL and NEPSAC teams to be exceptional and we trust you will enjoy the brand of soccer we play at Milton!
Coaches and Captains
1st Team (Varsity)
Head Coach: Chris Kane
Chris Kane has completed his fifth year as the head boys’ varsity soccer coach. In his first year at the helm, the Mustangs were awarded the Fritz Weidergott Trophy as the most improved team in the league. In each of the last three seasons, the team has qualified for the Class A New England Tournament and this past season the team won both the ISL Championship (Gummere Cup) as well as the Class A New England Championship (Stewart Cup). The team was also honored to receive the ISL Sportsmanship Award (Blood Trophy) as voted on by league players. In the spring of 2014, Coach Kane was awarded The Marijke D. Alsbach Coaching Award, awarded annually at Milton for outstanding coaching as well as dedication to a program and to student athletes. He also serves as the league president of the ISL soccer coaches.
Coach Kane has worked at Milton since 2005 as the associate director of admission and is also the head girls’ varsity squash coach. Prior to coming to Milton, he coached the boys’ varsity soccer team at Cheshire Academy and he holds both National and Advanced National Diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover where he was the Boston Globe New England Prep Player of the Year in 1998. He went on to play 4 years and serve as captain of the soccer team at Amherst College, while also playing on the lacrosse and squash teams. He holds a Master in Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Assistant Coach: Matt Blanton
Matt Blanton is a new history teacher and assistant coach for the varsity soccer team. After completing his degree in Psychology from Dartmouth College, where he competed on the soccer and ski teams, Matt was a math teacher at the Taft School. During that time, he was a four-year head coach of the girls’ varsity soccer program. Most recently, Matt was the head coach at the Dana Hall school in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Assistant Coach: Ian Torney ’82
Ian Torney has served as a soccer coach at the youth, high school, collegiate, regional and national levels for over three decades. As a high school player he was an All-ISL goalkeeper and team captain at Milton Academy, and then an All-League All-Star and two-time captain at Bowdoin College, followed by 10-year career as a semi-pro and club soccer goalkeeper. He began his coaching career as the Boys Soccer Head Coach at the Pomfret School, followed by a season as an Assistant Coach at Brown University, before becoming the Boys Soccer Head Coach at St. Paul’s School for 21 seasons where he was distinguished as the longest-tenured and most successful coach in that program’s history. Simultaneous with his work at St. Paul’s, Coach Torney also served as the ISL Boys Soccer Director for a decade and as a head coach for the New Hampshire Olympic Development Program – he served as the NH ODP Director for 10 years, and also served on the USYS Region 1 Coaching Staff, as well as a US Soccer National Coaching School Site Director and on the US Soccer National Goalkeeping Staff. Coach Torney holds one of the first USSF “A” Coaching licenses granted by the US Soccer Federation, as well as an ACEP Level 1 Coaching certification. He returned to his alma mater Milton Academy in 2012 and is delighted to be currently serving that program as an assistant coach.
Captains: Will Goldberg ’18, Brandon Jones ’18 and Adam Kulick ’18