AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Peter Gooding has been named the head coach of the Amherst College men's soccer program after the departure of Kalekeni Banda for the Division I University of Wisconsin. Gooding is currently the Athletic Director at Amherst College since 1977.
Hired in 1968 as the head men's soccer coach, Gooding led the Jeffs to several ECAC Tournament appearances in his 22 years with the team. He returns to his team after a seven year hiatus from collegiate coaching to aid in the transition from the Banda era. "I never wanted to leave soccer," noted Gooding, "but it was difficult with the increasing demands of an Athletic Director. Currently I want to evaluate where we are as a team and plan for the future."
Gooding was elevated to the rank of full professor of Physical Education in 1981 and is currently the Parmly Billings Professor of Hygiene and Physical Education. He has served as the President and Director of Coaching for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and is currently a Senior Staff Coach in the NSCAA Academy Program. In 1991, the National Collegiate Athletic Association appointed him a member of the Committee on WomenUs Athletics, and he presently is a member of the NCAA Soccer Rules Committee.
"I want to establish a smooth transition," commented Gooding, "with sound preparation and a continuity between the classes that will make Amherst a strong and stable program. This will be a stepping stone year to becoming one of the best teams in New England."
Gooding has coached soccer in both his native England and in the United States before joining the Amherst staff. After completing graduate work in England at Loughborough College, he received a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1967. Amherst College bestowed an honorary Master of Arts degree upon him in 1981.
Milton Gooding will assistant coach the team after helping the Kenyon men's soccer team to an undefeated 16-0 regular season in 1993 with a No. 1 national ranking. That same year, the Lords made their first-ever NCAA Division III Final Four appearance. Recently Milton coached the Boys and Girls Olympic Development Program in the state of Vermont, where he also headed the girls soccer program at the Mt. Abraham School in Bristol. Milton graduated in 1990 from Northeastern University after playing soccer on the Division I level. He is an active member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
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