Gary Crompton, Director
Gary has a very unique background that very few academy directors could match. Gary has been a professional player and a college coach for 15 years at Harvard University and currently at Bentley University. Crompton holds an NSCAA Premiere Coaching License and an "A" License from US Soccer Federation. Gary also has a master's degree in psychology from Harvard University.
Playing Career: Two time captain and Academic All American at the University of Maine, Gary graduated with a double degree in Sociology and Psychology in 1992. Upon graduation he started his professional career with the Cape Cod Crusaders and was elected league all star in 1995. In 1996 Crompton was selected to the first MLS combine in California. Inclusion in that group of players helped Gary land a spot with the Worcester Wildfire in the “A” League. In 1997, Gary was selected team captain, league all star and team MVP. The Wildfire latter became the current Boston Bulldogs were Gary played until signing with the Connecticut Wolves in 2000. Midway through the 2000 campaign, Crompton was traded back to the Bulldogs for the remainder of the season. This summer Gary will help lead the defense for the O-30 Bulldogs once again.
Coaching Career: Gary is currently the Head Coach at Bentley University. Gary was named to the position in August of 2008. In his first year with the team, Bentley made the conference playoffs for the first time in five years. Gary was the assistant coach for Harvard University since 1994. In 1994, 1996, and 2006 the Crimson won the Ivy League championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament. Crompton has over a decade of experience working with young players at camps from around the country. In 1998 Gary traveled to South America observing player development with Univeridad de Catolica in Santiago, Chile. For the last 4 years Gary has been Head Coach of the FC Greater Boston Bolts soccer team. Under Gary's direction the team developed into finalist in the reputable Region 1 League as well as MA. State Runner's Up in 2006. Gary holds a NSCAA Premiere Coaches license (with distinction) and a "Pro B" and an "A" License from USSF. Gary also completed a master’s degree in psychology at Harvard and graduated in March 2009. He wrote a master's thesis entitled "Acute Effects of Soccer Heading on Cognitive Functioning".
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