Now in his seventh season as head coach of the Tufts Men's Soccer program, Josh Shapiro has directed the Jumbos to four NCAA appearances in the last five years including winning the program's first and second NCAA Championships in 2014 and 2016. Shapiro was selected as National Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Associaton of America (NSCAA) and by D3soccer.com in the 2014 season. And the staff was selected as the national staff of the year in 2016.
In 2016, the Jumbos finished 2nd in the tough NESCAC conference, with a record of 6-2-2. They received an at large berth to the NCAA tournament and then proceeded to beat 5 top 10 ranked teams on their way to their second National title in 3 seasons.
In 2014, Shapiro's Jumbos became the first team in NCAA Div. III Men's Soccer Championship history to win six road games en route to winning the NCAA crown. They defeated Wheaton (IL) 4-2 in the final. Along the way, Tufts eliminated two-time defending national champs Messiah, 1-0, in the quarterfinals. The Jumbos were the #1 seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship with an undefeated record (7-0-3) that season as well. Shapiro was also voted NESCAC Coach of the Year by his peers after the team won a school-record 16 games overall.
In their defense of the national title last fall, Shapiro guided the Jumbos on a run to the NCAA "Sweet 16." They earned an opening-round win over Salisbury (2-1), then scored twice in the closing minutes to stun host Montclair State in the second round 3-2. In the third round, Kenyon scored with less than a minute remaining to prevent Tufts from moving on to the quarterfinals. The Jumbos finished at 11-5-3 in 2015.
Hired in 2010, Shapiro quickly made a difference for the Jumbos. In 2012, Tufts qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1996 season. They also advanced to the NESCAC semi-finals that year and finished with a 9-4-4 record. That matched their 9-4-2 mark from 2011 as the program's most wins since 2002 at the time.
Shapiro's teams at Tufts have compiled a 73-33-19 record and a 37-17-15 mark in the league.