Steve Zieja '03
||Co-head coach Peter Gooding has been a fixture in physical education and athletics at Amherst for more than three decades, starting his tenure as the head men's soccer coach in 1968. Over the next 21 years, he broadened his involvement to include head coach of men's lacrosse and women's squash, professor of physical education and, later, chair of the P.E. Department and director of athletics. Although he guided the men's soccer team to several ECAC Tournament appearances, the growing demands of his other positions forced him to relinquish his head coaching duties in 1989. However, with the position vacant in 1997, he returned to the Amherst sideline and has since led the Jeffs to the NCAA Regional Finals in both 1998 and 2002. Despite his wealth of responsibilities at Amherst, Gooding has devoted himself to soccer on a national scale, particularly during the early 1990s. He served as President of the NSCAA in 1990-91 and Director of Coaching and is a senior staff coach for the NSCAA Academy Program, which he helped initiate and design. He has also served in a variety of capacities for the NCAA, including appointments to the Committee on U.S. Women's Athletics and the men's and women's Soccer Rules Committees. Most recently, Gooding was presented the 2001 Honor Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in January 2001. The Honor Award, which is the highest distinction given by the NSCAA, marked the third time Gooding has been recognized by the national association. He also received the NSCAA Merit Award in 1990 and the prestigious Bill Jeffrey Award at last year's convention. Gooding and his wife Myra reside in Amherst, Mass. They have two adult children, Milton Peter, who shares Amherst head coaching duties, and a daughter, Zoe Gooding Wilmont.
Peter Gooding's Career Coaching Record
Co-head coach Milton Gooding comes to Amherst via Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where, as the head assistant soccer coach in 1993, he helped lead the Lords to an undefeated season, a national No. 1 ranking and a trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four, where they fell to the eventual national champion University of California at San Diego. Kenyon rebounded with a similarly impressive 18-2 record in 1994, advancing to the Regional Championship game for the second consecutive year. In Gooding's two campaigns at Kenyon, the Lords posted a whopping 32-3 overall record. Gooding has had similar success since coming to Amherst in 1997, helping lead the Jeffs to a New England Championship and a trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four in his first season. Since then, the team has sustained its winning ways with trips to the NCAA Regional Finals in 1998 and 2002 and continued national Top-20 rankings. Gooding was a two sport high school standout at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut, played collegiately at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and continued his education at Northeastern University, where he graduated in 1992 with a degree in English. Under Gooding's guidance - along with his father and Co-Head Coach Peter Gooding - the future continues to look bright for men's soccer at Amherst, as the Jeffs look to return to the NCAA Final Four in 2003.
Milton Gooding's Career Coaching Record
Steve Zieja, a 2003 Amherst graduate, joins the menís soccer staff as the recipient of the school's prestigious Hitchcock Fellowship for athletic excellence and leadership. The Hadley, Mass. native was a standout basketball player and two-year captain at Amherst, leading the Jeffs to a school-record 87 wins, back-to-back NESCAC Championships and four straight NCAA Tournament berths, and graduating as the Collegeís all-time leading scorer with 1,708 career points. He earned countless postseason awards as a senior, including NESCAC Player of the Year, ECAC Player of the Year, Northeast Region Player of the Year, New England College Player of the Year and NABC First-Team All-America honors.