Damian Houlden has been head coach of the men's soccer program since 2015-16. He previously served as head coach of the women's soccer program at Mitchell for nine seasons.
In 2017 Houlden led the Mariners to their first-ever New England Collegiate Conference title and NCAA Championship appearance. Mitchell posted a 6-1 record in league play to earn the top seed in the conference tournament, and 1-0 win over Elms College in the title game earned an automatic NCAA berth. For his efforts, Houlden was selected as NECC Coach of the Year.
Since taking over the men's program, Houlden has kept the Mariners competitive in NECC play. Mitchell has posted a 44-25-3 record in league action over the past 10 years and has qualified for the NECC Championship in each season. The Mariners have produced a total of 45 all-conference selections during that time span, including 12 during Houlden's tenure.
Previously, Houlden built the women's program into a NECC contender, leading his teams to the NECC Championship five times as well as back-to-back finals appearances in 2009 and 2010. The Mariners captured the title in 2010 with a 2-1 victory over Lesley University and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history. Over the course of seven years he produced a total of 20 all-conference selections, including a NECC Player, Rookie and Goalkeeper of the Year.
Houlden hails from Louth, England and has a wealth of experience coaching at the club level and developing soccer players. He currently coaches the Southeast Connecticut Premier soccer team and was an ODP staff coach from 2004-06. Houlden also gained valuable coaching experience while on the staff for the New England Revolution Academy from 2005-06.
Houlden has completed the English certification UEFA B License, FA Coaching License, and he has also earned a Regional Goalkeeper Diploma. He most recently completed the training program from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and received the Premier National Diploma with distinction.
Houlden played for Mitchell College and was a letter winner on the men's soccer team. He was honored as a New England All-Conference First Team selection for his efforts from his central defense position.
Houlden received his degree in sport management from Mitchell College and earned a Master's in exercise science and sports psychology from the California University of Pennsylvania.
Marc Davis was named head coach of the women's soccer program in November 2018.
Davis, who will make his collegiate head coaching debut with the Mariners, spent the four seasons prior as an assistant for the Mitchell men’s soccer program. He also has coaching experience at both the high school and club levels.
"We are thrilled that Marc is taking over the women’s soccer program," said Director of Athletics Dana Fulmer Garfield. "He brings a wealth of soccer experience at the international, club and collegiate levels, and over the past 10 years he has built strong connections in the local soccer community. His leadership and coaching have played an important role in the recent success of our men’s team, and I’m confident that he can bring our women’s program to that same level.".
"I am very excited about the chance to be the head women’s soccer coach at Mitchell College,” said Davis. “I would like to thank Director of Athletics Dana Fulmer Garfield and the rest of the search committee for giving me this amazing opportunity. I believe in the importance of hard work and am fully committed to the development of both the person and the player. I look forward to using all my knowledge and experience in order to help this team succeed and accomplish its goals, both on and off the field."
During his time with the men’s program, Davis helped Mitchell to a 20-9-0 record in New England Collegiate Conference play and four straight trips to the NECC Championship. The Mariners advanced to the title game in both 2017 and 2018, highlighted by the program’s first-ever conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017.
Before joining the collegiate ranks, Davis assisted the Montville High School program from 2010-15. He helped the Indians capture three Eastern Connecticut Conference Division 'M' titles, an ECC Tournament championship and a Connecticut State championship. During his tenure he also worked with three All-American players.
Davis is one of the longest-serving coaches of the premier youth level with Southeast Soccer Club, working with multiple teams since 2008. Many of his former players are currently playing at the collegiate level: Olivia Ferrara (College of The Holy Cross), Halle Anderson (UMass Lowell), Katherine Pettersen (American International College), Jenna Peduzzi (University of New Haven), Allison Bruehwiler (Western New England University) and Mia Londregan (Marymount University), among many others.
Originally from Southampton, England, Davis moved to the United States in 2008. In his time in England he worked for Southampton Football Club (of the English Premier League) in their Girl's Center of Excellence program, and was charged with developing players to compete at the national level. He holds certifications from England, most notably the UEFA B License, and has recently started the educational pathway in the United States, with the D License from the United States Soccer Federation. Additionally, he holds goalkeeper certifications from both the English Football Association and National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Davis received a bachelor's degree in sports studies from the University of Southampton in 2005. In his playing days he competed on the Hampshire County Schools Representative team from 16 years of age to 18 and then played semi-professionally for Eastleigh FC. He currently resides in Waterford, Conn.
Calum has worked extensively throughout CT with many different clubs. He currently is a Director of Coaching for CT Rush SC. He is currently enrolled online with The University Of South Wales where he will graduate with a BSc degree in Football Coaching, Development & Administration in 2019. He holds certifications from UEFA. Calum resides in Bristol, CT.