Kevin Cumberbatch begins his seventh season as the head coach of the women's soccer team with an overall record of 63-37-16 (.612).
Coach Cumberbatch comes off a strong 11-7-2 season that saw his team advance to the MASCAC Tournament title game.
During the 2012 season, Coach Cumberbatch helped direct the Lancers to claim a share of their third MASCAC Regular Season title as the squad advanced to the conference tournament championship game. Worcester State also captured the programs first-ever ECAC Division III New England Tournament trophy by defeating Keene State in penalty kicks.
In 2010, the squad captured their fifth MASCAC Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Since taking the reins in the fall of 2008, the Blue and Gold have qualified for the MASCAC Tournament in each of the last six seasons and the 2009 squad was unbeaten in conference play (4-0-3). Coach Cumberbatch is the winningest coach since the program was elevated to varsity status in 1991.
Coach Cumberbatch first joined the team in 2007 as the top assistant and he helped guide the squad to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and #21 ranking nationally in the final NSCAA poll.
Coach Cumberbatch enjoyed successful playing career at Southern New Hampshire University. He was a member of the SNHU team that played in the 2002 Division II National Championship game and in 2004 he was selected as a captain of the team his senior season. For his efforts in 2004 Coach Cumberbatch was named to the NE 10 All-Conference second team as a center back.
Coach Cumberbatch has also been on the staff at the Nutmeg Soccer School in Manchester, NH for six years. In 2008, Coach Cumberbatch played professionally with the Western Mass Pioneers as a right back.
Chris Kirwan begins his fourth season as an assistant coach for the women's soccer team. During practices and games, Coach Kirwan specifically works with the squads goalkeepers.
In all three seasons that Coach Kirwan has been on the sidelines, the Blue and Gold have qualified for the MASCAC Tournament semifinals with two appearances in the title game.
In his first campaign as an assistant coach, Kirwan helped the
Lancers lead the MASCAC in goals against average (0.77) and goals
allowed (17) as Worcester State claimed a share of the regular
season conference title and captured their first-ever ECAC Division
III New England Tournament crown.
Coach Kirwan played three years of varsity soccer at St. Peter-Marian in Worcester, MA. During his senior year, he captained the team to their first district appearance in four years and earned both Central Mass and T&G All-Star awards.
He continued his playing career at nearby Becker College where
he was captain both years he played. While at Becker, he
earned North Atlantic Conference honors, ECAC honors, and was voted
Coach Kirwan then served as an assistant coach at Becker College for two years, winning a conference tournament during his tenure. Coach Kirwan also coached at Nichols College in Dudley, MA, working as the first assistant coach and head goalkeeper coach.
Shelby Stand begins her third season as an assistant coach on the women's soccer team.
Coach Stand brings a wealth of knowledge from the forward position as she was a standout striker at Holy Cross.
The 2010 graduate finished her career fourth on Holy Cross' All-Time goals list with 28 markers while she is also fifth in points (67). Coach Stand also was a three-time All-Patriot league First-Team selection and a two-time captain.
In 2009, Coach Stand posted her finest season as she led the Crusaders with 10 markers. En route to being named an All-NEWISA Second-Team honoree and earning All-NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Third-Team accolades, she finished the year second in the Patriot League in average shots, goals per game, points per contest and match clinching tallies.
A five-year starter and three-year captain at Douglas High, she set the school record for the most goals in a season with 41 as a senior. Coach Stand also was an All-Conference and a Central Mass All-Star for four years and she was an All-State and Worcester Telegram & Gazette All-Star for three seasons.
Coach Stand helped lead Douglas to the Division 3 Massachusetts State Championship in 2002.