A five-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year and a previous National Coach of the Year recipient, Tufts University's Martha Whiting is in her 23rd season as head coach of the Jumbos.
In 2019 under Coach Whiting’s guidance, Tufts advanced to the NCAA “Sweet 16” for the first time since 2005. The Jumbos earned the #1 seed for the NESCAC regular season with a 7–2–1 record and hosted the conference semifinals and final at Kraft Field. With a final ranking of #18 in the nation, Tufts finished with the program’s most wins since 2005 at 14–4–2 overall. Whiting was named NESCAC Coach of the Year, and she with her assistants were honored as United Soccer Coaches Regional Staff of the Year.
The Tufts program has made seven NCAA Tournament appearances overall under Coach Whiting, including the 2000 and 2005 teams that advanced to the NCAA "Final Four." Tufts hosted the "Final Four" on Kraft Field in 2000 and 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 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 team record book. The Jumbos have an 11-6-4 record overall in NCAA play under Whiting.
Tufts’ 2-0 victory over TCNJ in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2019 was the 200th victory of Whiting’s coaching career. Her teams have compiled a 200-108-41 record for a .632 winning percentage. She is the program's all-time victories leader.
The Jumbos are regularly among the top teams in the competitive NESCAC. Tufts has finished first during the conference regular season in 2019, 2010, 2005 and 2002. Whiting's Jumbos were conference champions in 2002 and the team's runner-up finish in 2017 was their third including 2000 and 2005. Coach Whiting has been selected as NESCAC's Coach of the Year in 2019, 2017, 2010, 2005 and 2002.
The scholar-athletes recruited to Tufts by Coach Whiting and her staff succeed on the field, in class and in the community. Whiting has coached several All-Americans, including teammates Sarah Maloney and Liz Reed from 2019's team. Maloney and teammate Sophie Lloyd achieved United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American status in 2019. Eleven team members received Academic All-NESCAC awards in 2019 for carrying grade point averages of 3.50 or better.
The program is also very involved in community service under Coach Whiting. The Jumbos recently drafted Emily Matarese, a courageous teenage girl from Medford, Massachusetts, through Team IMPACT. The non-profit organization 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. During the coronavirus pandemic, current senior Hannah Isenhart co-organized an EA Sports FIFA tournament which benefited family homelessness.
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 at her alma mater as an assistant coach under Bill Gehling. She was promoted to head coach when Gehling was named Athletic Director at Tufts in July 1999. Whiting also serves as the department’s NCAA compliance coordinator.