Martha Whiting was selected by her peers as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year last fall after leading Tufts to the conference championship game and an NCAA Tournament berth. A National Coach of the Year recipient during her career as well, Coach Whiting is in her 20th season as the head coach of the Jumbos.
Whiting has directed the Tufts program to six NCAA Tournament appearances overall, including the 2000 and 2005 teams that won New England championships and advanced to the NCAA "Final Four." Tufts hosted the NCAA "Final Four" on Kraft Field in 2000 when they lost to College of New Jersey on a last-second goal in the national championship game. Whiting was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III National Coach of the Year for that season. That team won a school-record 18 games, which is followed by the 2005 team's 15 wins in the school record book. The Jumbos have a 10-5-4 record overall in NCAA play under Whiting's guidance.
During Whiting's tenure, her teams have compiled a 175-98-37 record for a .624 winning percentage. The Jumbos are a regular among the top four teams in the competitive NESCAC and placed fourth last year. They have qualified for 17 of the 18 NESCAC Championship tournaments overall. Whiting's Jumbos were conference champions in 2002 and last year's runner-up finish in the NESCAC Tournament was their third including 2000 and 2005. Prior to her Coach of the Year Award for 2017, Coach Whiting has been selected as NESCAC's Coach of the Year in 2010, 2005 and 2002. Tufts finished first during the conference regular season in each of those three seasons.
The scholar-athletes recruited to Tufts by Coach Whiting succeed on the field, in class and in the community. Whiting has coached six All-Americans, including goaltender Emily Bowers last year. The only New England goalie on the three All-American teams, Bowers was one of just six players in all of New England to earn the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) recognition. Bowers also received United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America first team accolades for 2017. She was one of just 12 student-athletes in the nation named to the first team and was one of only two that represent the NESCAC. Thirteen team members received Academic All-NESCAC honors for carrying grade point averages of 3.40 or better last year. Overall the team has an outstanding 3.502 cumulative grade point average.
The program is also very involved in community service under Coach Whiting. Last February, the Jumbos drafted Emily Matarese, a courageous 13-year old girl from Medford, Massachusetts, through Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization which works to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by pairing them with collegiate athletic teams. Emily is the Jumbos' second Team IMPACT teammate during Coach Whiting's tenure.
A 1993 Tufts graduate, Whiting played four seasons as an all-star goalkeeper for the Jumbos. She was the team's MVP three times and still holds the program's records for career saves and fewest goals allowed in a season. After graduation, she worked for six seasons as an assistant coach under Bill Gehling at her alma mater. She was promoted to head coach when Gehling was named Athletics Director at Tufts in July 1999.