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, student and person they can be. In each of the last seven seasons, the varsity team has advanced to the highly competitive Class A New England Tournament and the team completed the 2015 season with a perfect 22-0 record en route to ISL and Class A New England Championships. Recent Milton graduates have gone on to play at Harvard University, University of Virginia, Amherst College, University of Maryland, Wesleyan University, Boston University, Colby College, Lafayette College, Bates College, Bucknell University, Trinity College, Babson College, Hamilton College, Brandeis, Connecticut College, Bowdoin College, Washington 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 seventh 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 five seasons, the team has qualified for the Class A New England Tournament and in the 2015 season the team won both the ISL Championship (Gummere Cup) as well as the Class A New England Championship (Stewart Cup). That year, 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 and serves as the director of financial aid. 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 for all four 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: 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.
Assistant Coach: Hesrick Richards Sr.
Assistant Coach: Chris Lewis ’15
Captains: Niall Murphy ’20, Sam Peacock ’20 & David Walley ’20
2nd Team (Junior Varsity)
Head Coach “A”: Zivai Mtyora
Assistant Coach “A”: Eddie Dacius
Head Coach “B” : Phil Robson
Assistant Coach “B”: Vinny Clifford
3rd Team (Freshman)
Head Coach: Davis Sullivan