Aidan Byrne
Aidan Byrne
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-253-2711
Email: abyrne25@mit.edu
Year: 1st at MIT
Previous College: Rhode Island '99

Aidan Byrne begins his first season as the head men's soccer coach at MIT after being named to his position in the summer of 2014.

Byrne comes to the Engineers’ soccer program after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Northeastern University. While there he helped guide the Huskies to their first Colonia Athletic Association title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2012, with the team gaining its first-ever national ranking. Prior to his stint at Northeastern, Byrne spent two years as an assistant at Siena College and eight years on the staff at Mount Ida College. At Siena his time with the program was the best two-season stretch in program history, while Mount Ida won a pair of conference championships and was selected for its first NCAA Tournament appearance during his tenure there. This will be Byrne’s second stint at MIT, spending one year with the Engineers in 1999 at the start of his coaching career.

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Byrne came to the United States to play collegiate soccer at Mount Ida for two seasons from 1995-97 before transferring to the University of Rhode Island for his junior and senior years. As a member of the Mustangs, he was named to the All-New England first team in 1996 and was named first-team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association and second-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 1996. For his efforts, Byrne was inducted into the Mount Ida Hall of Fame.

Ken Bovell
Ken Bovell
Title: Assistant Coach
Email: kbovell@mit.edu
Year: 2nd at MIT

Ken Bovell is in his second year of coaching at MIT and comes with over 25 years of proven success as a coach at many levels. He was born in, and grew up playing soccer in Trinidad. Upon coming to the United States he played soccer at Boston College and was a semi-professional player in the L.A.S.A. League. 

Bovell has been an ODP coach for many years and has worked with players at the high school, college and club levels. His teams have won state championships and regional championships and contended for national championships as well. He has worked with many players who have gone on to have successful careers in college and beyond and holds a USSF "B" Coaching License.

Brian Leighton
Brian Leighton
Year: 1st at MIT
Position: Assistant Coach

Brian Leighton enters his first year as an assistant coach at MIT and will be working with the team’s goalkeepers this season.  

A four-year starter with Mount Ida College’s men’s soccer team, Leighton led the Mustangs to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005, and received various North Atlantic Conference and Great Northeast Athletic Conference accolades prior to his graduation.

Leighton spent one year competing for the Maine Sting, a member of the US Club Soccer National Premier League before returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team. He spent two years coaching Delta FC and is currently in his third season with the Celtic Bolts FC as head coach.

Leighton holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and masters in management. He also has a class “E” coaching license certified by the USYSA. 

Matt Monheit
Matt Monheit
Year: 1st at MIT
Position: Assistant Coach

Matthew Moneheit begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Engineers.

Moneheit, who graduated last spring from MIT, was a four-year member of the Engineers’ men’s soccer team. He registered 46 points (30 goals, 16 assists) and capped his senior year with career-bests in goals (eight), assists (eight) and points (24). Moneheit also earned spots on the All-Conference NEWMAC first team and NEISL All-Star Team last season.

In February, Moneheit was selected to the 2013 Men's College All-America Soccer Team, as announced by the Jewish Sports Review. He was one of 11 men's soccer players in Division II and III programs that was selected to the first team.

Moneheit earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering with a minor in energy studies.