Directors

David Saward, Director

Saward enters his 32nd season at the helm of one of New England’s most well-respected soccer programs. He has led the team to 27 postseason appearances in 31 years, including five-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1994-98) and 10 overall. He has more wins than any other coach in Middlebury soccer history with a career record of 337-115-56 over 31 seasons. 

The 2007 season was a magical one for the Panthers, as they captured the program's first NCAA Championship. Middlebury set a school record with 18 wins against just two losses and a pair of ties. The Panthers earned a program all-time best 17 shutouts while not allowing a goal during five NCAA Tournament games. Middlebury also won its second NESCAC Championship. Following the season, Saward was named both the New England and National Coach of the Year. The following season, Saward earned Regional Coach of the Year honors after leading the team to the NCAA quarterfinals.

Saward has also guided the team to a pair of ECAC Championships in 1986 and 1999 and the inaugural NESCAC Championship in 2000. He was named the New England Coach of the Year in 1985, 1986, 1996, 1998 and 2007. Saward has also guided the team to NESCAC Championships in 2000, 2007 and 2010, being named the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2015.

In the fall of 2009, Saward was honored by the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) with the Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education Award, given annually for long-term service to soccer.

Saward completed his final season at the helm of the women's squash program in 2005-06. His 1995 squad enjoyed its best season ever, winning flight "C" of the prestigious Howe Cup tournament held at Yale University. In 2005, his squash team rose to the top once again, winning the Walker Cup. Saward is a three-time recipient of the Clarence C. Chaffee Award, given to "the coach whose team has demonstrated the qualities and court demeanor that characterized Clarence C. Chaffee."

Before joining the Middlebury staff in 1985, Saward was an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for two years. He has also coached or directed several soccer schools and summer camps.

Saward, who is director of coaching for the State of Vermont and chair of the NCAA tournament committee for New England, is a Senior Staff Coach with the NSCAA national coaching staff. He is a certified soccer coach of both the British and Canadian Soccer associations and holds the NSCAA Advanced Coaching Diploma. Saward earned his bachelor's degree in education at the University of London and his Master's degree at Springfield College.

Peter has worked at Vermont Soccer School for 26 years.

He has served as Coach, Division Director, and currently serves as Administrative Director.

Peter lives in St. Albans, VT with his wife. Peter is a life long educator and former Mayor of St. Albans.

Andrew Lafrenz, Director of Operations

Andrew Lafrenz enters his second season leading the Johnson women’s soccer program.

Lafrenz led his group to progressive improvement in his first season, culminating in a thrilling double overtime victory over SUNY Canton in the season finale.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Lafrenz had a successful six season stint at Newbury College in Brookline, Massachusetts, compiling a 39-69-5 (23-19-2 NECC) record to become the program leader in career victories. He guided the men's soccer program to new heights with appearances in the NECC title game in two of his final three seasons. In the 2013 season, Lafrenz was named the NECC Coach of the Year while leading the Nighthawks to their first conference title game appearance in program history.

During his time in Brookline, Lafrenz mentored the 2011 NECC Player of the Year as well as 21 All-NECC selections, including 10 First-Team members. Before becoming head coach, Lafrenz spent a year as an assistant with the men's soccer team in 2009 and helped the Nighthawks to the NECC semifinals.  In addition to his coaching duties, Lafrenz also served as Interim Director of Communications at Newbury College.

Prior to his time at Newbury, Lafrenz was the first assistant coach for both the men's and women's soccer programs at Johnson State, as well as the Head Coach for the women's soccer club team at the University of Vermont from 2002-2007. During his tenure at Vermont, he led the team to two consecutive Northeast Intercollegiate Club Championships and three straight National Championship Tournament appearances.

In addition to his coaching duties, Lafrenz also serves as the Coordinator of the Sport Management Concentration at JSC.

Lafrenz graduated from Johnson State in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He earned a master of education in physical education and coaching from Boston University in 2010.