Dow wrapped us his first year in Burlington as one of the most successful seasons by a Vermont rookie head coach. The Catamounts captured the program’s third America East regular season crown and first since 2012.
Dow’s 10-win season was the second most by a Vermont first-year head coach in school history and trailed only Florida International’s Kevin Nylen for the most among Division I rookie head coaches. The Green and Gold’s 10-8-1 record marked the third straight campaign with at least 10 victories.
By season’s end, UVM had eight All-America East selections – highlighted by sophomore and First Team honoree Aron Runarsson as the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year. Junior transfer Geo Alves also joined Runarsson on the First Team.
Alves was named America East Fan’s Choice Player of the Year after leading the league in goals (9), points (23), and game-winning goals (3). He finished his first regular season at UVM ranked among the top-40 players nationally in both goals and assists.
The 2017 docket included a 4-1 win at Hartwick in the season opener, UVM’s eighth straight season-opening victory and scored the most goals in the first game of the year since 1993. The Cats closed out the regular season with a 1-1 draw at 20th-ranked New Hampshire to claimed the outright regular season title from the Wildcats.
Dow has spent the previous five seasons on UVM's coaching staff, including the last two years as the Catamounts' associate head coach. Vermont reached new heights with Dow on the sidelines in 2016. After winning the second-most games in a single season (14), the Green and Gold hosted an NCAA Tournament game for only the third time in program history.
"I am extremely excited and honored to lead the UVM men's soccer team," said Dow. "The last five years at UVM have been special for my family and me, and we are proud to say Vermont will continue to be our home. We have been fortunate to be a part of historic program accomplishments, an America East League and Tournament championship, and an NCAA Tournament win. It was a great privilege to work alongside Jesse Cormier. I am very thankful for his guidance and mentorship and including me in the UVM men's soccer family."
With their 4-1 win over Rider in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Catamounts were victorious in the postseason on home turf for the first time since 1989 in front of a record crowd. The 2016 squad scored a program record 42 goals and had the top classmate scoring tandem in program history in Bernard Yeboah and Brian Wright, who tallied a combined 25 goals and 15 assists.
Wright was selected by the New England Revolution with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft in January. He became the first Catamount in program history to be drafted by a MLS team. Wright wrapped up his Catamount career as the second all-time leading scorer with 103 career points and set the Vermont single-season points record (40) as a senior.
The 2016 team also achieved its highest RPI and national ranking (16th) since 1989 and was recognized as one of the dominant regional powers. UVM was ranked No. 1 for several weeks in the New England region. A total of five Catamounts earned NSCAA All-America, NSCAA All-East Region, ECAC All-Star, America East All-Conference, All-Rookie, and All-Academic honors at the end of the season.
In addition to the 2016 NCAA Tournament success, Dow helped lead the Catamounts to an America East regular season title in 2012, its first in 23 years, and an America East Championship in 2015.
"The program has achieved national recognition, competes against the best teams in the country, plays in a beautiful stadium in front of thousands of loyal fans, and graduates young men who succeed at the highest levels of their professions," added Dow. "As head coach, I expect UVM men's soccer will continue to raise the bar. Jeff Schulman, our sport administrator Krista Balogh, and the senior leadership team have played a critical role in these accomplishments; UVM men's soccer will continue to be at the forefront of the Division I level because of their devotion to the program. I look forward to leading the journey in establishing our team's new identity while honoring the tradition of success upon which this program is built."
Dow came to Vermont after spending four years at Southern New Hampshire University. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Penmen men's soccer program and was elevated to associate head coach during the 2010 season. During his four-year stint at SNHU, the Penmen posted a 59-14-13 (.762) record. Southern New Hampshire earned NCAA Tournament berths each year, including NCAA quarterfinal trips in 2009 and 2011. The Penmen also captured two Northeast-10 Regular Season titles and an NE-10 Tournament title.
Prior to his arrival at SNHU, Dow spent two seasons as head men's soccer coach at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. While at Dean, Dow compiled an 18-11-4 record, qualified for the NJCAA Region 21 playoffs in 2007, and coached seven NJCAA All-Region players. Prior to that, Dow spent two seasons as the men's and women's assistant coach at Mayville State University and a season as an assistant for the men's team at his alma mater, the University of Maine.
A 2003 graduate of Maine with a degree in management, Dow was a four-year member of the Maine soccer team and led the Black Bears in scoring twice as well as being named an America East Scholar-Athlete for three seasons. Dow later earned his master's in sport and recreation management from North Dakota State University in 2005.
He also played professionally with the Ottawa Wizards and then the New Hampshire Phantoms.
Dow resides in Burlington with his wife Loren, the Assistant Director of Academic Services for UVM Athletics, and their newborn son Hanson.
DuBois comes to Catamount Country after an impressive five-year head coaching stint at St. Joseph's College in Standish Maine. In his four seasons, the Monks accrued a 71-25-9 record, captured three GNAC crowns, and earned the program's first ever NCAA Tournament win. SJC owned a 42-game unbeaten streak over the past two seasons – the fifth longest in NCAA Division III men's soccer history. He was named GNAC Coach of the Year three times and earned United Soccer Coaches New England Staff of the Year honors in 2017.
Prior to SJC, he served as an assistant coach at UMass Boston and UC-San Diego. He also worked with the New England Football Club in Boston and The Catalyst Training Center in San Diego, California.
A native of Acworth, New Hampshire, DuBois was a four-year starting midfielder at the University of New Hampshire from 2004-08 and earned New Hampshire High School All-America and Gatorade Player of the Year accolades following his senior season at Fall Mountain Regional High School.
Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach
Randy Coble enters his seventh season as the goalkeeper coach/assistant coach for the University of Vermont men’s soccer program. During Coble’s time with the Catamounts, the team has qualified for the America East conference tournament every year, winning the regular season title with an undefeated record in 2012, its first in 23 years, and an America East Championship in 2015. Coble was a member of the 2012 America East coaching staff of the year, becoming just the second UVM coaching staff to earn the honor in the history of the program.
Under Coble’s direction, the UVM goalkeepers have posted a total of thirty-five shutouts over the last six seasons. He also oversaw the development of UVM goalkeeper Conor Leland ’14. During the 2012 season, Leland ranked first in save percentage in America East (.841), posted four straight shutouts in consecutive games between 10/10 and 10/24, was named College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week on 9/10, and finished the year with seven wins, six by shutout and a 0.81 goals against average. Leland ranked 11th in the country among Division I leaders in save percentage, and was selected as the America East Goalkeeper of the Year and was named to the America East All-Conference First Team. Leland closed out his career ranked fifth in shutouts (18), sixth in goals against average (1.07) and seventh in wins (22) among UVM's all-time goalkeepers.
Coble came to the University of Vermont after spending two season at St. Michaels College working under former University of Vermont associate head coach Wade Jean. Coble spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Purple Knights men's soccer program, working primarily with the goalkeepers. During his two years at SMC, the Purple Knights yielded 28 goals in 39 contests, posting 20 shutouts.
Prior to SMC, Coble was a member of the Old Dominion University women’s soccer staff, working primarily with the defense and goalkeepers. Coble helped lead the Lady Monarchs to a 12-7 record, to include a win against then #19 University of Florida in the Westfield Cup hosted by Akron University. Coble helped build the foundation for freshman goalkeeper Laura Tupman ‘08 who would go on to become the all-time leader in shutouts at ODU.
A 2004 graduate of Castleton University with a degree in criminal justice, Coble was a three-year member of the Castleton soccer team and helped lead the Spartans to back to back trips to the North Atlantic Conference finals in 2002 and 2003, winning the conference in 2003. Coble later earned his master's in criminal justice from Boston University in 2014.
Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach
The 2018 season marks Lauren Bernard's third season as an assistant coach at Vermont.
Bernard helped the UVM women's soccer program to new heights in 2017. The Catamounts made their first ever appearance in the America East Championship Game and became only the second team in the history of the league to earn a title game berth as a No. 6 seed. The 2017 Cats ended the season with a 9-9-2 overall record, their highest win total since the 2004 campaign. UVM had three players earn All-America East honors as Sarah Martin landed on the All-Conference First Team, Brooke Jenkins made the All-Conference Second Team and All-Academic Team, and Ella Bankert was honored with an All-Rookie Team nod.
In 2016, the Catamounts made their second consecutive trip to the semifinal round of the America East Tournament, a first for the program. Three players earned America East honors – Sarah Martin landed was a Second Team All-Conference selection while Julia Smith and Brooke Jenkins made the All-Rookie Team. It marked the 12th straight season where a new Cat had garnered All-Rookie honors. In net, junior keeper Coco Speckmaier finished the season tied for the ninth-best goals-against average in program history at 1.05. She also cracked the top-10 in shutouts (6) and shattered the minutes played record (1,802).
Bernard joined the UVM staff after a four-year starter at Boston College. A defender/midfielder for the Eagles she started every game she played (81) and finished her career with 29 points on six goals and 17 assists.
She ranked third on the team in scoring as a sophomore and junior and helped BC reach the NCAA Tournament three times, including an Elite Eight appearance in her sophomore season. Bernard was named the Boston College Rookie of the Year in 2012.
A two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Vermont, she was a two-time NSCAA All-American at Colchester High School and a member of the U.S. U14 and U18 Youth National Teams. She was also a member of the ODP Region I Team from 2005-2012.