The team's four graduating players were honored for their dedication and commitment to the program.
Craig Stewart was named the fourth head coach in Providence College men's soccer history on May 29, 2012. He will embark on his third season leading the Friars. Stewart, who spent the previous three seasons as the head coach at Division II power Franklin Pierce University (Rindge, N.H.) before taking over at Providence, succeeded Chaka Daley. Under Daley, Stewart previously served as an assistant coach at Providence from 2006-08.
In 2013, Stewart coached the Friars to their third BIG EAST Championship Final game in program history and led the team to an NCAA tournament berth for the seventh time. Stewart's second year with the Friars saw the team finish the season with an overall record of 12-6-4, which included a BIG EAST record of 6-3-0. Providence qualified for the BIG EAST tournament and had an excellent post season, beating Creighton 2-1 in the BIG EAST quarterfinal and advancing past Georgetown in a penalty shootout in the semifinals. The Friars finished the tournament by earning runner-up to Marquette in the BIG EAST Final. The team's success in the BIG EAST tournament helped earn the Friars an at-large selection to the NCAA tournament, where they advanced to the second round. The Friars were drawn away to the University of Pennsylvania in the first round of the tournament, where they took the game to a penalty shootout. In the shootout, junior goalkeeper Keasel Broome (Claymont, Del.) tallied two saves, while freshman midfielder Julian Gressel (Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany), senior defender Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.) and junior forward Markus Naglestad (Kristiansand, Norway) all converted from the spot to give the Friars a 3-1 penalty kick-advantage win, sending them into the second round.
During the 2013 season, Stewart coached three athletes to BIG EAST accolades. Gressel earned Second Team All-BIG EAST honors and was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team. Juniors Brandon Adler (Montville, N.J.) and Phil Towler earned BIG EAST Honorable Mention honors. Adler was also named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Northeast Second Team. Stewart helped Wilder Arboleda (Pawtucket, R.I.), Anthony Baumann (Spring Hill, Fla.), George Hodge (Dartmouth, Mass.) and Phil Ziegler (East Lyme, Conn.) earn selection to the 2013 NEISL All-Star Game.
In addition to leading the Friars, Stewart currently serves as the Division I Representative for the New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL), as a New England Technical Scout for U.S. Soccer, as a Professional Match Evaluator (PME) for Major League Soccer (MLS) and as a U.S. Scout for the British Universities Men's Football Team. Stewart's work helped the Great Britain team claim the silver medal in the 2013 World University Games.
Stewart recorded his first career win behind the Providence bench on Aug. 31, 2012 when the Friars posted a 1-0 double overtime win at Bryant in the opening round of the 2012 Ocean State Soccer Classic - ensuring that the Friars advanced to the tournament's championship game for a third consecutive season. Wilder Arboleda scored the game-winning goal at 109:07 to lift Stewart and the Friars to their first win of the year, marking the latest game-winning goal for the Friars since 2000.
Stewart's first year leading the Friars was highlighted by a 1-0 Senior Day win over third-ranked Connecticut (Oct. 24) and a come-from-behind, 3-2 overtime win against Pittsburgh (Oct. 13). Stewart coached Arboleda to NSCAA All-Northeast Region and All-BIG EAST Third Team honors. Arboleda was the 14th Friar to earn All-BIG EAST honors in program history. Stewart also coached senior Marc Cintron, who became the fourth Friar to be selected in an MLS Draft as he was taken in the second round (34th overall) by the New York Red Bulls in the MLS Supplemental Draft. Eight of his players went on to earn 2012-13 BIG EAST Academic All-Star honors.
In 2011, Stewart guided Franklin Pierce to a 21-1-1 overall record as the team captured the Northeast-10 Conference regular season and tournament championships for the second consecutive season. The 21 victories set a single-season school record. In addition, the team earned a trip to the NCAA Final Four. Franklin Pierce also had its first unbeaten regular season record in team history as the Ravens went 16-0-1. For his efforts, Stewart was named NSCAA/Mondo East Region Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Franklin Pierce also excelled in the classroom as the team earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award with a 3.12 team grade point average and two of his players garnered CoSIDA Academic honors.
In three seasons, Stewart led Franklin Pierce to a 51-8-6 overall record, two Northeast-10 Conference championships (regular season and tournament), two trips to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals and one trip to the Final Four. Stewart also coached four players who combined to win six player-of-the-year awards from either the conference or regional committees. In addition, he guided the Ravens to an undefeated record (24-0-2) in the Northeast-10 Conference during the last two seasons.
Prior to Franklin Pierce, Stewart served as an assistant coach at Providence College for three seasons (2006-08) under Chaka Daley. While at Providence, Stewart helped the Friars to consecutive NCAA Tournament berths and a trip to the 2006 BIG EAST Semifinals. Stewart spent the 2005 season as an assistant coach at Northeastern University. In addition, Stewart is currently the head coach for the U18 Boston Bolts Academy Team which is affiliated with US Soccer and Celtic FC. He also serves as an assistant coach for the British University Team which competes in the World University Games.
In addition to coaching, Stewart also played collegiate soccer at Franklin Pierce, where he earned a master's in business administration and managerial leadership in 2004. At Franklin Pierce, Stewart was named NSCAA Division II All-American and Northeast 10 Player of the Year in 2004, as he helped the Ravens to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. Following his collegiate playing career, Stewart played professionally for the New Hampshire Phantoms and the Western Massachusetts Pioneers, both of the United States Soccer League.
Stewart was a product of the Newcastle (England) United Football Club youth system, spending almost 10 years at the club followed by stints with Sunderland AFC and Everton FC. Stewart then attended Loughborough University (England), where he was part of a BUSA National Championship team, earning a degree in Sports Science (2002). The native of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, earned his Football Association (FA) coaching license and served as academy coach at the Newcastle Football Development Scheme.
Stewart and his wife, Jessica, reside in Providence.
CAREER RECORD (2 years at Providence College)
NCAA Tournament (Second round)
CAREER RECORD (3 years at Franklin Pierce)
NCAA Final Four | NE-10 Regular Season and Tournament Champions
NCAA Elite Eight | NE-10 Regular Season and Tournament Champions
NCAA Sweet 16
(at Franklin Pierce)
EDUCATION Earned a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science degree from Loughborough University (Loughborough, UK) Earned a master's degree in business administration from Franklin Pierce University in 2004
COACHING EXPERIENCE Head Coach - Providence College (2012-present/second season) Head Coach - Franklin Pierce University (2008-11) Assistant Coach - Providence College (2006-09) Assistant Coach - Northeastern University (2005-06) Head Coach U17/U18 Academy Team - FC Greater Boston Bolts (2008-Present) Assistant Coach - British University Student-Athlete - FC Greater Boston - (2010 - Present) Camp Coordinator - Elite Soccer 150 Soccer Camp (2006-09) Academy Coach - Newcastle United Football Club (1999-02) - United Kingdom FA (English Football Association) Licensed Coach
ADDITIONAL CURRENT POSTITIONS Division I Representative for the New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) New England Technical Scout for U.S. Soccer Professional Match Evaluator for Major League Soccer (MLS) U.S. Scout for British Universities Men's Football Team
PLAYING EXPERIENCE Western Pioneers (USL 2 Semi pro - 2008) New Hampshire Phantoms (USL 2 Semi pro - 2005-07) Franklin Pierce University (2003-04) Loughborough University (1999-02) - led team to national title Newcastle United (1990-98) - English Permier League Youth Academy
HONORS NSCAA/Mondo Division II East Region Coach of the Year (2010 & 2011) Northeast 10 Conference Coach of the Year (2010) NSCAA All American at Franklin Pierce and Northeast 10 Player of the Year (2004) Led FPU to the NCAA Final Four (2011), Elite Eight (2010) and Sweet 16 (2009) Led FPU to Northeast 10 Tournament and Regular Season titles (2010 & 2011)