MIT Head Coach Cheryl Silva Announces Retirement After 29 Years

Dec. 10, 2019, 11:05 a.m. (ET)

Cheryl Silva Announces Retirement as MIT Field Hockey Head Coach

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - December 10, 2019  - MIT field hockey head coach Cheryl Silva has announced her retirement, effective January 31, 2020, as announced by MIT director of athletics/DAPER department head Julie Soriero.

"Cheryl has meant so much to MIT, to DAPER and to the field hockey program during her outstanding career," said Soriero. "I am so proud of everything that she has accomplished over the last 29 years here at MIT. I am deeply appreciative of her as an educator and colleague. She has left an indelible mark on our program. I know I speak for many people when I say that we will miss Cheryl very much and I wish her the best in retirement as she is able to spend more time with her family."

Over her 29 seasons, Silva posted a record of 313-200-1 while capturing six New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships and advancing to five NCAA Tournaments. In 2019, Silva earned her 300th career victory as the Engineers defeated the University of New England in a 2-1 final, en route to the program's second NCAA Quarterfinal appearance. MIT first appeared in the quarterfinals under Silva's guidance in 2011, when the squad finished with an overall record of 19-4.

"First, I want to thank everyone here at MIT and DAPER who made this such a great place to be – my assistant coaches, the support staff for both physical education and athletics, the facility crews, the athletic trainers, the senior staff and coaches who I have had the pleasure of working with on committees and along-side with out on the fields, everyone who makes this a great place to work," said Silva.

"In particular, I would like to thank Julie Soriero, who has helped make the past 12 years the most successful era for DAPER. Her support and encouragement inspired me to strive to improve each year as a teacher and a coach."

Silva was named as the 2019 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, an award that she has claimed four times in her career. In addition, she is a four-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) New England East Region Coach of the Year. 

"Of course, it's the students here who have made this the best job in the world," said Silva. "They have given me a lifetime of memories. Field hockey and lacrosse were just one part of the journey. It's been a privilege to meet such wonderful young women who happen to be engineers, architects, teachers, artists, doctors, lawyers, astronauts, leaders and athletes. The pleasure has been in watching them grow and go on to impact the people in their lives, the places they go, the jobs they do. It has truly been an honor to have worked with such talented and dedicated students."

Under her tutelage, the Engineers had racked up 18 NFHCA National Academic Squad selections, 135 Academic All-Conference, 70 NEWMAC All-Conference, 50 NFHCA New England All-Region, nine CoSIDA Academic All-America and 15 NFHCA All-America honors.

Silva has been a member of NCAA New England East Regional Ranking Committee and the NFHCA Division III All-America Selection Committee. In addition, she has also served as the chair of the NFHCA All-America Committee.

"I'm so fortunate to have had a career that brought me friendships, passion and laughter," said Silva. "It's been an honor to be a part of this incredible family. Although I will miss being on the field next August, I'm looking forward to what's next - time for family, kayaking, golf…and I will be cheering on MIT Field Hockey."

During her time at MIT, Silva has become an Associate Professor/Senior Coach and a Freshman Advisor and within DAPER, she has served as a member of the senior staff, was the Intramural Sports Coordinator and also an instructor in the physical education program. Silva was also the first head coach in the history of MIT's women's lacrosse program from 1992-2007, where she guided the team to a pair of semifinal appearances in the New England Women's 8 Tournament.