Matt Cushing is in his 21st season at the helm of the Wheaton men's soccer program in 2014. Since his arrival in Norton in 1994, Cushing has compiled one of the highest winning percentages among active NCAA Division III coaches in the country at .733 (305-98-41).
The Lyons advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season and made their tenth appearance overall in program history in 2014, all under Cushing's guidance. Wheaton produced a 17-4-2 record overall and a 6-0-1 mark in league play to claim its eighth regular season championship. The Blue and White also compiled a program-best six New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference selections and tied a program-high for NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selections with three total this past season. Nationally, Wheaton ranked as high as No. 14 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and No. 16 in the D3soccer.com poll throughout the course of the year.
In 2013, the men's soccer team captured its eighth NEWMAC championship in program history en route to advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time. The Lyons had three student-athletes named to the NEWMAC All-Conference team, one student-athlete named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team and two student-athletes earn NEWMAC Academic All-Conference accolades.
The year prior, Wheaton posted a 9-7-4 record overall and 2-2-2 mark in NEWMAC play. The Lyons had four players named to the NEWMAC All-Conference team and one player chosen to the NSCAA All-New England squad. Wheaton also earned a spot in the NEWMAC Tournament bowing out in the quarterfinal round.
Under Cushing's leadership, Wheaton has qualified for postseason play in all 21 seasons, including an NCAA Tournament national semifinal finish in 2003, a national quarterfinal placement in 2001 and an additional eight NCAA bids. The Lyons also captured the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament title in 1998 and the NEWMAC Tournament championship eight times.
Cushing was named regional coach of the year by the NSCAA in 2001, and coach of the year by the Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Coaches Association (EMSCA) in 2000, NEWMAC in 1998 and 2001, and New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) in 1997 and 2001. He is the coaching director at the Crusaders United Soccer Club in Plymouth and has also coached the U17 Olympic Development team in Massachusetts.
A former scout for Major League Soccer's (MLS) New York Red Bulls, Cushing has groomed five Wheaton players for professional competition. Current assistant coach James Greenslit '06 played for the reserve squad of the MLS' New England Revolution and in the United Soccer Leagues (USL).
Dan Antoniuk '03, meanwhile, was recently with the San Diego Sockers of the North American Soccer League (NASL). Oscar Medina '97 and Jim Manganello '99 spent time with the Cape Cod Crusaders of the United States Interregional Soccer League (USISL), while Jeremy Long '99 played for the A-League's Boston Bulldogs. Manganello was selected by the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in the 1999 MLS College Draft. Cushing's players have also earned 11 All-America honors, 37 All-New England selections and eight NEWMAC Player of the Year accolades.
In addition to coaching, Cushing was the national chair for the NSCAA Division III rankings committee. He served as the regional chair of the rankings committee and as the vice president of the NEISL, an organization that recognized him with the NEISL Service Award in 2002. Cushing also handled regional chair duties for the Division III ratings board for three years while serving on the NCAA Tournament selection committee for four years.
In 1994, Cushing earned a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) national "B" license. He received a national diploma from the NSCAA in 1992, followed by an advanced national diploma in 1993.
Prior to coming to Wheaton, Cushing was the assistant coach at Division I power Rutgers University, which advanced to the 1993 NCAA Tournament after capturing the Atlantic 10 Conference title. He also spent the previous two years on the coaching staff at Lafayette College.
A 1988 University of Massachusetts-Amherst graduate with a bachelor's degree in sport management, Cushing was a captain on the 1986 and 1987 Minutemen teams. He is a former Parade Magazine high school All-America honoree and was inducted into the Duxbury (Mass.) High School Hall of Fame in 2008. Cushing led Duxbury to four consecutive state championships.
|1998||18-4-1||5-0-1||ECAC Champions, NEWMAC Champions|
|2000||17-3-1||4-2-0||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
|2001||21-2-0||6-0-0||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
|2003||19-3-2||5-1-0||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
|2005||13-5-2||5-0-1||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
|2006||12-5-4||5-1-0||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
|2007||14-6-3||4-1-1||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
|2013||17-6-0||6-1-0||NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Champions|
NCAA Tournament, NEWMAC Regular Season Champions
James Greenslit '06, the only three-time All-American in Wheaton College men's soccer history, returns to the program for his second stint and fifth season as an assistant coach this fall. He served as a Division I assistant at College of the Holy Cross two years ago and Northeastern University in 2007 and 2008.
During Greenslit's tenure at Northeastern, the former standout defender's Huskies posted 16 shutouts. In 2008, Northeastern advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament final, as the squad yielded one goal during its three-game postseason run. He has also coached with the F.C. Greater Boston Bolts the last two years, beginning in 2008 with a U11 team that now competes in a U12 division.
Following his Wheaton career, Greenslit played for the New England Revolution's reserve squad in 2006 before suiting up for the New Hampshire Phantoms and the Western Mass. Pioneers of the United Soccer Leagues' (USL) Second Division in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
As a standout back, Greenslit earned All-America honors each year from 2003-05, also landing on all-region and New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference first teams every year during that stretch. As a junior and senior, he was named NEWMAC Player of the Year and served as a captain during his senior year.
The Lyons were 64-17-6 during Greenslit's four years, including 20-3-1 in league action, as he helped the team win three regular season conference crowns and a pair of NEWMAC Tournament titles. Wheaton qualified for the NCAA Tournament three times with Greenslit on the team, advancing to the Final Four in 2003 and the Sweet 16 in 2004. With Greenslit anchoring the backfield, the Lyons yielded one goal or fewer 68 times in 87 contests during his career, posting 38 shutouts and a 0.90 goals against average.
Greenslit, who earned the Wheaton Department of Athletics' Outstanding Male Athlete Award each of his final three years, also played three years of basketball, leading the Lyons to Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament titles as a junior and senior. He graduated with a degree in economics in May 2006.
Yonha Adrabi is currently in his first year as an assistant coach with the men's soccer program. Adrabi is responsible for the development of the goalkeepers and also assists with the rest of the coaching staff with the development of the defenders and midfielders.
Adrabi brings a wealth of knowledge to the program as a former collegiate student-athlete and high-level youth athlete. As a student-athlete, Adrabi went 45-17-10 overall with 25 shutouts and a 0.98 goals against average (GAA) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Santa Barbara City College. Adrabi, who spent two years with both programs, helped Santa Barbara City College to a pair of Western State Conference (WSC) championships ('09, '11) and also was named to the All-WSC first team twice as well ('10, '11). In 2011, Santa Barbara City College made an appearance in the State Final Four.
In addition to his collegiate laurels, Adrabi also was accepted to play for Hapoel Tel Aviv's Youth Academy from 2007-08. Arabi's youth level accomplishments include: four appearances in the U.S. Youth Soccer Cal South National Cup, six placements in the Coast Soccer League (CSL) Tournament and U.S. Soccer Development Academy So-Cal Division championship.