Singleton leaves MIT for Wash. & Lee
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MIT head men's soccer coach Mike Singleton has announced that he will be stepping down and will be taking over as the new head men's soccer coach at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va. in July. He has been with the Engineers for the past three seasons.
"Coach Singleton has done an outstanding job leading the MIT men's soccer team," said assistant athletic director Barb Bolich. "His knowledge of the game and passion for the sport of soccer will serve him and Washington & Lee University well in the future. We appreciate his commitment and contribution to the MIT men's soccer team and we wish him well as he moves on into the next chapter of his career."
Since arriving at MIT in 2011, Singleton has coached the Engineers to much success, wrapping up his three seasons with a record of 35-18-4. In 2012, he led the team to its first NEWMAC title in program history and its third NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. Tech ended its season with a record of 13-5-2.
This past season, Tech won the regular season title after going undefeated in conference play, earning the right to host the NEWMAC Tournament for the first time in a decade. After falling in the final, the Cardinal and Gray received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they wrapped up the 2013 season with a record of 13-5-2. Singleton was named the conference's Coach of the Year for his efforts, becoming just the third MIT coach to receive this honor.
Two of the program's three All-Americans were coached by Singleton. Ben Lewis was named to the first team as a senior in 2012, while sophomore Sean Bingham was tabbed to the third team in 2013. Additionally, Lewis was named the NEWMAC Tournament's Most Outstanding Player in 2012 and Bingham was named Rookie of the Year in 2012 and Player of the Year in 2013.