Jumbo Soccer Clinics Staff

Martha Whiting, Camp Director

Martha Whiting was selected by her peers as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year last fall after leading Tufts to the conference championship game and an NCAA Tournament berth. A National Coach of the Year recipient during her career as well, Coach Whiting is in her 20th season as the head coach of the Jumbos.

Whiting has directed the Tufts program to six NCAA Tournament appearances overall, including the 2000 and 2005 teams that won New England championships and advanced to the NCAA "Final Four." Tufts hosted the NCAA "Final Four" on Kraft Field in 2000 when they lost to College of New Jersey on a last-second goal in the national championship game. Whiting was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III National Coach of the Year for that season. That team won a school-record 18 games, which is followed by the 2005 team's 15 wins in the school record book. The Jumbos have a 10-5-4 record overall in NCAA play under Whiting's guidance.

During Whiting's tenure, her teams have compiled a 175-98-37 record for a .624 winning percentage. The Jumbos are a regular among the top four teams in the competitive NESCAC and placed fourth last year. They have qualified for 17 of the 18 NESCAC Championship tournaments overall. Whiting's Jumbos were conference champions in 2002 and last year's runner-up finish in the NESCAC Tournament was their third including 2000 and 2005. Prior to her Coach of the Year Award for 2017, Coach Whiting has been selected as NESCAC's Coach of the Year in 2010, 2005 and 2002. Tufts finished first during the conference regular season in each of those three seasons.

The scholar-athletes recruited to Tufts by Coach Whiting succeed on the field, in class and in the community. Whiting has coached six All-Americans, including goaltender Emily Bowers last year. The only New England goalie on the three All-American teams, Bowers was one of just six players in all of New England to earn the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) recognition. Bowers also received United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America first team accolades for 2017. She was one of just 12 student-athletes in the nation named to the first team and was one of only two that represent the NESCAC. Thirteen team members received Academic All-NESCAC honors for carrying grade point averages of 3.40 or better last year. Overall the team has an outstanding 3.502 cumulative grade point average.

The program is also very involved in community service under Coach Whiting. Last February, the Jumbos drafted Emily Matarese, a courageous 13-year old girl from Medford, Massachusetts, through Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization which works to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by pairing them with collegiate athletic teams. Emily is the Jumbos' second Team IMPACT teammate during Coach Whiting's tenure.

A 1993 Tufts graduate, Whiting played four seasons as an all-star goalkeeper for the Jumbos. She was the team's MVP three times and still holds the program's records for career saves and fewest goals allowed in a season. After graduation, she worked for six seasons as an assistant coach under Bill Gehling at her alma mater. She was promoted to head coach when Gehling was named Athletics Director at Tufts in July 1999.

Coach Brie Smith just completed her 2nd season as the head coach at Clark University in Worcester, MA. 

Coach Smith coached four seasons at Moravian . Under her leadership, the Greyhounds have qualified for four straight appearances in the Landmark Conference Tournament and the ECAC Division III South Quarterfinals in 2012.  The team has also earned three consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Awards, and Coach Smith was named the Landmark Conference Coach of the Year in 2012.    

Coach Smith joined Moravian after spending the previous nine years as assistant head coach at Tufts University (Mass.). While at Tufts, Coach Smith helped the Jumbos post an 82-38-12 record with three trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament, including a trip to the “Final Four” in 2005.

Coach Smith is a 2001 graduate of Clark (Mass.) University, where  she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in education. She completed a Master of Science in physical education at Bridgewater State (Mass.) College in 2007. Coach Smith has also earned a National Diploma from the NSCAA.

Julia Rafferty, a two-year captain and four-year starter for the Bates College Women's Soccer team from 2010-13, is in her fourth season with the Jumbos. She was the lead assistant on the staff of last year's team, which advanced to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) final and earned an NCAA berth.

Prior to Tufts, Rafferty was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at the University of Mary Washington. She was also a coach for the Fredericksburg Futbol Club in Virginia.

At Bates, Rafferty was selected as the Team Most Valuable Player for the 2012 season. She was also a team captain and two-year starter for the Bobcat Women's Basketball team, earning the Nellie Bannister Burrill Award for outstanding achievement and dedication during the 2013-14 season.

Rafferty also served as an assistant coach for the Tufts women's basketball team in 2016-17, helping the Jumbos reach the NCAA Championship game. She has stepped down from that role to coach full-time with women's soccer.

Originally from Reading, Mass., Rafferty was a three-sport athlete at Phillips Academy in Andover.

Madeline Buckley enters her second season as a Tufts University women's soccer assistant. She was on the staff of last year's team, which advanced to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) final and earned an NCAA berth.

Buckley was previously the top assistant coach for the Wheelock College women’s soccer team for two seasons in 2015 and 2016.

A 2015 graduate of William Smith College, Buckley earned her Bachelor of Arts in Critical Social Science while minoring in Education. Buckley was a four-year varsity women’s soccer player at William Smith. In 2013, her team won the NCAA Division III National Championship as she collected many individual accolades while scoring a career-high 27 points. During her four-year career, Buckley landed 10th on the Herons' all-time scoring list at 83 points. Buckley was named the Liberty League Player of the Year and the ECAC Upstate Offensive Player of the Year. She also earned spots on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-East Region First Team, the NSCAA All-American Third Team, the NSCAA Scholar All-American Second Team, and the Capitol One Academic All-District team.

Off the field, Buckley is very involved in many community service projects. She has volunteered with the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, New York as well as at Boston Children’s Hospital. She was the Hope House manager raising funds and supporting cancer foundations and people around the Geneva, New York area. Simultaneously, she is an activist for the Be Positive Cancer Foundation based out of Wilmington, Delaware.

Originally from Iceland, Oli Gunnarsson enters his second season as a Tufts University women's soccer assistant/goalkeeper coach. He was on the staff of last year's team, which advanced to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semi-final and progressed to the second round at the NCAA tournament.

Oli graduated Flagler College (FL) in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts as a Business Major and minor in Economics.  During the three years at Flagler, Oli was selected for the All American teams each year.

In 2006, Oli received his MBA from Auburn University in Montgomery (AL).  During his time there, he was both the women’s and men’s goalkeeper coach and assistant coach.

In addition to his college soccer playing career, Oli played pro and semi-pro soccer for 20 years as a goalkeeper in Iceland and the US.  During his career he represented Iceland at both the youth and the senior level.

Oli has an extensive coaching career at all levels of the sport including youth soccer, high-school, college and at the pro level.