Damian Houlden takes over as head coach of the men's soccer program in 2015-16. He previously served as head coach of the women's soccer program at Mitchell for the past nine seasons.
Houlden inherits a men's squad that has posted a 30-18-1 record in the New England Collegiate Conference over the past seven years. The Mariners have qualified for the NECC Championship in each of those seasons and have produced a total of 33 all-conference selections.
Houlden built the women's program into a New England Collegiate Conference contender, leading his teams to the NECC Championship five times as well as back-to-back finals appearances in 2009 and 2010. The Mariners captured the title in 2010 with a 2-1 victory over Lesley University and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history. Over the past seven years he has produced a total of 20 all-conference selections, including a NECC Player, Rookie and Goalkeeper of the Year.
Houlden hails from Louth, England and has a wealth of experience coaching at the club level and developing soccer players. He currently coaches the Southeast Connecticut Premier soccer team and was an ODP staff coach from 2004-06. Houlden also gained valuable coaching experience while on the staff for the New England Revolution Academy from 2005-06.
Houlden has completed the English certification UEFA B License, FA Coaching License, and he has also earned a Regional Goalkeeper Diploma. He most recently completed the training program from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and received the Primier National Diploma with distinction.
Houlden played for Mitchell College and was a letterwinner on the men's soccer team. He was honored as a New England All-Conference First Team selection for his efforts from his central defense position.
Houlden received his degree in sport management from Mitchell College and earned a Master's in exercise science and sports psychology from the California University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Houlden serves as manger of student athletic services for the department of athletics.
Marc Davis, who joined Mitchell College as assistant coach of the men's soccer program in 2015, is one of the most highly recognized coaches within the region.
Originally from Southampton, England, he made the move to America in 2008. In his time in England Davis worked for Southampton Football Club (of the English Premier League) in their Academy program, and was charged with developing players to compete at the professional level.
In his time in America, Davis has assisted the Montville High School boy's program since 2010. He has helped the Indians achieve three Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) Division 'M' titles, an ECC Tournament championship and a Connecticut State Championship, working with three All-American players. Davis is one of the longest serving coaches of the premier level with the Southeast Soccer Club, working with multiple youth teams since 2008.
Davis holds certifications from England, most notably the UEFA B License, and has recently started the educational pathway in the United States, with the D License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Furthermore, he holds GK certifications from both the English Football Association and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Davis received a bachelor's degree in sports studies from the University of Southampton in 2005. In his playing days he competed on the Hampshire County Schools Representative team from 16 years of age to 18 and then played semi-professionally for Eastleigh FC.
"Coach Davis believes in the importance of hard work and is fully committed to the development of the players within this program," said head coach Damian Houlden. "He has a wealth of knowledge and is cognizant of what is needed to play at the next level. We are very fortunate to have him as part of this program."
Jarice Manson joins the Mitchell College men's soccer program for the 2016 season.
Manson is in his third season with Sporting CT, a club program based out of Middletown, Conn. In 2015 he led the girl's U15 team to the Connecticut State Cup semifinals, the first team in the club's history to reach that level. His squad won every tournament/college showcase in his second season with the team.
Manson has a wealth of soccer experience as both a coach and a player. He holds a National “D” license and was 2008 Connecticut Junior Soccer Association Boys Coach of the Year.
Manson spent seven years at Oakwood Soccer Club as a head coach and an assistant under Directors Rick Derella and Dave Farrell. He has coached players into the US National Team Development Program pool and has seen some of his players go on to the New England Revolution Academy, New York Red Bulls Academy and various college programs. Manson led both his teams at Oakwood Soccer Club -- which competes in the US Soccer Developmental Academy League, US Club Soccer Pre-Academy League and National Premier League -- to number one rankings in the state of Connecticut.
Prior to joining the Oakwood Soccer Club, Manson led one of the Northeast United Premier Soccer Club boy's teams to a state semifinals appearance as an assistant coach in his first season with the team. He also helped Glastonbury High School to a conference championship (2008) and appearances in the state finals (2008) and semifinals (2009).
In 2012, Manson led Windsor High School to the state quarterfinals, the farthest the school had advanced in 36 years. In the process his squad knocked off top-seeded Watertown High School.
Manson has also worked with West Hartford Travel (2008 state finalist), East Hartford Travel Soccer Club, Select Soccer Academy and Soccer Extreme.
As a player, Manson was an All-Central Conference First Team selection (2002) at East Hartford High School and a two-time NJCAA All-New England First Team player at Manchester Community College. He led Manchester to a NJCAA Region III championship in 2004 before moving on to study at University of Hartford.
"Coach Manson brings a wealth of experience to our program and has already outlined his desire to develop and expand our program throughout the soccer communities," said head coach Damian Houlden. "Educationally gifted, he is able to highlight and fine tune the technical nuances needed to succeed at the college level."