Soccer - First Boys'
2017 - 2018
Head Coach: Jason Keough
For the past 20 years, Westminster's boys have been known for their controlled style of play and perennial competitiveness, frequently earning ranking among the top twenty teams in New England. The First team competes annually for the Founders League title, playing a 16 game schedule against other schools in the Founders League and against other local independent prep schools. The boys won the school's first New England Class A championship in 1991 and repeated the feat in 1992. Since then, they have had many successful seasons, making it to the semifinal game of the Class B tournament in 2000 and 2004.
The Martlets play home games on one of the many fine fields that comprise Westminster's 35 acres of playing fields, as well as on Hovey Field, a brand new synthetic, state-of-the-art turf field in one of the most beautiful facilities in New England.
Coach Jay Keough is entering his third year as head coach of First Boys’ Soccer after coaching Second Boys’ Soccer for three years. Coach Keough has had a long career in NEPSAC soccer, with this fall marking his 15th year as a coach in the league. In his seven years as head coach at Hebron Academy, he won the MAISAD Conference twice and had numerous New England playoff appearances including a championship game. Following Hebron, Coach Keough moved to Pomfret School where he helped the varsity soccer program for two years, including one appearance in the New England playoffs.
As a collegiate athlete at Salve Regina University, Coach Keough competed as a three-sport letter-winner in soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse. During his senior season, the Salve soccer team qualified for the Division III NCAA Tournament. Coach Keough holds an NSCAA Level 1 Goalkeeping diploma as well as a U.S. Soccer Level F coaching license. At Westminster, he works in Admissions and also coaches hockey and lacrosse. He lives on campus with his wife and two sons.
Coach Griffith is entering his fifth season as assistant coach of First Boys’ Soccer. He was named Connecticut Assistant Coach of the year in 2014. Coach Griffith has more than two decades of experience coaching soccer in the NEPSAC league. He also coaches ice hockey and lives on campus with his wife and three children.
Westminster’s Soccer program has a strong track record of nurturing players who go on to participate at both the Division I and the Division III levels at schools such as Bowdoin, Colby, Colgate, Holy Cross, Maryland, Middlebury, Trinity, Denison, and Yale. Currently, alums are playing at William & Mary, Colby, Rhodes, St. Michael's, WPI, Union, St. Lawrence and Columbia.