|Year:||23rd at MIT|
|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 23rd season at the helm of MIT’s field hockey program.
The all-time winningest coach in program history, Silva has compiled a ledger of 223-163-1 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 115 NFHCA academic squad, 67 academic all-conference, 43 NEWMAC all-conference, 27 NFHCA New England Region, six CoSIDA Academic All-America, and 10 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 in 1981. A captain of the Purple Knights’ field hockey and softball teams, she was named to the New England All-College Field Hockey Team. Following graduation, Silva worked at Staples High School and the Princeton Day School as a physical education instructor and field hockey coach. A year as an assistant lacrosse coach at Mount Holyoke College was followed by two years at Wellesley College where she was the assistant to the athletic director, sports information director, and assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach.