Cheryl Silva
Cheryl Silva
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-253-4910
Email: fhlxc@mit.edu
Year: 25th at MIT
Previous College: University of Bridgeport '81

A three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) New England East Region Coach of the Year and three-time NEWMAC Coach of the Year, Cheryl Silva enters her 25th season at the helm of MIT’s field hockey program.

The all-time winningest coach in program history, Silva has compiled a ledger of 249-173-1 to go along with four NEWMAC titles and three trips to the NCAA Tournament, including an appearance in the 2011 quarterfinals. Under her tutelage, the Engineers have racked up 139 NFHCA academic squad, 86 academic all-conference, 49 NEWMAC all-conference, 33 NFHCA New England Region, nine CoSIDA Academic All-America, and 11 NFHCA All-America honors.

Since 2004, Silva has been a member of the NCAA New England East Regional Ranking Committee and the NFHCA Division III All-America Selection Committee. She began her tenure as the chair of the All-America committee during the 2012 season.

Silva received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Bridgeport in Physical Education where she played field hockey and softball. Following graduation, she began her coaching career at Staples High School in Connecticut before moving on to the Princeton Day School as a physical education instructor and field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse coach. Silva earned a Masters of Science in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1989 while she was an assistant lacrosse coach at Mount Holyoke College. This was followed by two years at Wellesley College where she was an administrative assistant in the athletic department and assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach.

During her time at MIT, Silva has become an Associate Professor/Senior Coach and a Freshman Advisor. Within the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation, she has served as a member of the senior staff and was the Intramural Sports Coordinator in addition to being an instructor in the physical education program. 

Kelly McManus
Kelly McManus
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 4th at MIT
Previous College: Bates College '12

Kelly McManus enters her fourth season as an assistant coach with the MIT field hockey program. A 2012 graduate of Bates College, she served as a co-captain her senior year and was named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III all-region team.

McManus received a bachelor's degree in Psychology and earned the Evelyn K. Dillon Award from the Bates College Key, which recognizes a member of the field hockey and women's basketball teams for superior athleticism, leadership, dedication, and overall contributions to the respective sport. In addition, she was an outfielder on the Bobcats' softball team.

Previous coaching experience for McManus includes the White Mountain Sports Camp "College Connection", Elite Field Hockey Camp, Revolution Field Hockey Camps, and the Darien High School (Conn.) Field Hockey Camp.

Becca Shaw
Becca Shaw
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 2nd at MIT
Previous College: Middlebury College '12

Becca Shaw enters her second season as an assistant coach with the MIT field hockey program. A multi-sport athlete at Middlebury College, the post is her first at the intercollegiate level as she previously served as an assistant coach for the Winsor School (Mass.) varsity girls ice hockey team.

A four-year goalie and co-captain for the Panthers' field hockey team, Shaw helped her squad advance to the finals of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and finished her career ranking third in program history for goals against average (1.21). She carried over her success in the net to Middlebury's ice hockey team which was two-time NCAA semifinalists and three-time NESCAC champions. Shaw also appeared between the pipes for the women's lacrosse squad during her sophomore campaign.

Shaw graduated from Middlebury in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. She currently works in two programs at Boston Children's Hospital, serving as an administrative associate for Advocating Success for Kids in addition to being a coordinator for Reach Out and Read.

Sarah Fay
Sarah Fay
Year: 1st at MIT
Previous College: MIT '15