Coach Jeff Huffman looks forward to his second season at Amherst in 2018 and his 16th overall in collegiate soccer. This will be Huffman’s second season as men’s goalkeeper coach and first as the women’s.
On the men’s side in 2017, Huffman saw all four of his net minders receive at least one start. Seeing the most shots of any Amherst squad in Coach Serpone’s 11 year Amherst tenure, the Amherst goalkeepers combined to lead the NESCAC in saves (94)-while recording the third highest save percentage during conference play.
Previously, Huffman was part of the staff at rival Williams College for parts of 10 seasons. During his time at Williams, Huffman was part of a coaching staff that saw three teams play in the National Final Four---while seeing seven players move on to the professional ranks during his time on staff. At one time or another at Williams, he served as a volunteer, second and first assistant coach. His past on-field duties included serving as goalkeeper coach and Reserve Team Head Coach. During his time as goalkeeper coach, he oversaw the development of Nick Armington- who is one of only two NCAA Division 3 goalkeepers to ever be on an MLS regular season roster-and Than Finan. Finan was tabbed as an All-American after the 2012 season, the first All-American goalkeeper produced at Williams in a quarter century. In addition to those two, goalkeeper Peter Morrell was named Second Team NSCAA All New England North at the conclusion of the 2013 season and Christian Alcorn was named Second Team NSCAA All New England North at the conclusion of the 2016 season. As Reserve Team Head Coach, Huffman posted a .600 winning percentage over 4 seasons.
Outside of Williams, Huffman’s resume includes a head coaching stint at NJCAA Division 1 Garden City Community College (Kansas) as head men’s and women’s coach (2004-2006) and as head women’s coach/Director of Soccer Operations (2007-2009). He had a winning percentage of .625 as head men’s coach, while seeing his women’s program make the Region VI Tournament four out of five seasons. In total, six of his players moved on to the NCAA Division 1 level. His assistant during that time (Stephen Gorton) was named in the Spring of 2016 by Collegesoccernews.com as one of the Top 12 NCAA Division 1 Assistant’s in the country.
In addition, Huffman spent the 2010 season as the Men’s Goalkeeper Coach at NCAA Division 1 University at Albany. In his one season on staff, he coached current Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Team Goalkeeper Adrian Foncette. Foncette was in between the sticks for the T&T squad that knocked the U.S. Men’s National Team out of World Cup Qualifying in October 2017.
Huffman is a licensed coach through the USSF, while having earned his Advanced National Diploma and Goalkeeping Level 3 Diploma through the United Soccer Coaches organization. He is employed full-time at Interprint (Pittsfield) and resides in North Adams.