About the Program
Instituted in 1958 as a varsity sport, the Bowdoin men's soccer program has been one of the most prestigous in the history of the college. Since the New England Small College Athletic Conference established conference play and a postseason tournament in the fall of 2000, however, the Polar Bears have raised the bar of play and have become one of the top programs in the nation.
Over the past seven seasons, Bowdoin has averaged 12 wins per season and been consistently ranked among the top 25 teams in Division III. The Polar Bears have reached the NESCAC Semifinals five times and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2003. In addition, the program has been rewarded with numerous national honors. The Polar Bears have boasted five NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) First-Team All-Americans, including James Quinlan, Jr '76, Kwame Poku '81, Keith Brown '81, Dave DeCew in '97 and '98 and Danny Sullivan in '03 and '04. In 2007, senior Nick Figueiredo became the first Polar Bear to earn NESCAC Player of the Year honors and also was tabbed as a First-Team All-American.
Soccer at Bowdoin provides student-athletes with the rare opportunity to combine a competitive athletic experience with a top-rate education. The Polar Bears play in one of the most competitive conferences in the nation and play their home games on beautiful Pickard Field, nestled among the historic Bowdoin pines. In the summer of 2005, Fran O'Leary was named the seventh head coach in the history of Bowdoin men's soccer. Coach O'Leary can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.< /p>
The Polar Bears posted another strong season in 2006, reaching the NESCAC Semifinals and earning a 9-6-1 overall mark. In addition, Bowdoin has strung together 12 straight winning seasons.
Coach O'Leary's third season was marked by the outstanding play of Nick Figueiredo '07, who became the first Bowdoin player to earn New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors. With 10 goals and 11 assists in 2007, Figueiredo became Bowdoin's all-time leading scorer in points (88) and goals scored (35).
Brendan Egan '07 also collected First-Team All-NESCAC honors while first-year Ben Denton-Schneider was tabbed as the conference's Rookie of the Year.
The Bowdoin College men's soccer team practices at Pickard Field, part of Bowdoin's 35-acre athletic complex. In the fall of 2008 the Polar Bears will move to their new state-of-the-art soccer field. The new pitch, which will be framed by the observatory and the regal Bowdoin pines, will be one of the premier playing fields in all of New England.