Gary Crompton
Gary Crompton
Title: Head Men's Soccer Coach
Phone: 781-891-2336
Email: gcrompton@bentley.edu

The 2019 season will mark Gary Crompton’s 12th in charge of the Bentley University men’s soccer program.

Crompton has had a distinguished tenure at Bentley. He has led his Falcons to eight Northeast-10 Playoff appearances and two trips to the NE10 Finals in 11 seasons in the highly competitive conference. The 2017 campaign was one of the finest of his career, as he led the Falcons all the way to overtime of the NE10 championship match as the No. 8 seed. Bentley defeated the No. 1 seed Adelphi in the quarterfinals and the Le Moyne in the semifinals, before they ultimately fell to nationally ranked Merrimack 2-1 in the finals. Crompton's work was recognized by being named the 2017 New England Soccer Journal's Division II Coach of the Year. 

Crompton was named the 2015 NE10 Coach of the Year. He earned the prestigious award after he led the Falcons to an excellent regular season where they won 10 games and reached the semifinals of the NE10 Playoffs.

The Philadelphia native first guided the Falcons to the NE10 Finals in 2010, in just his third season at the helm of the program, in a season where they won 11 games and reached the finals as the No. 3 seed.

Bentley has also finished in the top-four of the NE10 regular season three times during his tenure (2010, 2012 & 2015).

Crompton has compiled a 64-59-20 NE10 mark in his 11 seasons at Bentley. His players have earned 17 NE10 All-Conference selections, 13 NE10 All-Academic nods and 11 players have been named NE10 All-Rookie. 

In 2010, Crompton led Bentley to one of the most successful seasons in school history, culminating in the program’s first appearance in the NE10 championship game since 1994. They earned dramatic wins over New Haven in the quarterfinals in overtime (1-0), and over Southern Connecticut in the semifinals on penalty kicks after rallying from 2-0 down in the second half. The run, however, came to an end in the finals when they fell to national No. 1 Franklin Pierce 1-0.

The Falcons finished that 2010 season with a record of 11-3-6, their most wins since 2003, and tied for 3rd place in the NE10, their highest finish in the league since 1999. They ended the season ranked 6th in the East Region and narrowly missed getting selected to the NCAA Tournament.

In each of his first two seasons in Waltham, Crompton’s team qualified for the NE10 playoffs with dramatic wins on the final day of the regular season. In 2009 they beat Saint Anselm in overtime (1-0), and in 2008, defeated Saint Michael’s 4-3 after trailing late in the second half. That 2008 postseason berth was the program’s first since 2004.

Beyond those first two seasons, Crompton's teams qualified for the NE10 postseason in 2010 (t-3rd), 2011 (t-5th), 2012 (t-4th), 2013 (7th), 2015 (t-4th) and 2017 (t-7th).

Hired in July of 2008, Crompton spent the previous 14 seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard University, spearheading the program’s recruiting and scheduling efforts. During his tenure, the Crimson made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament (1994, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2007) and captured three Ivy League championships (1994 co-champions, 1996, 2006).

In addition to those successes, four of his Crimson players earned All-America honors and 23 were first-team All-Ivy League selections.

He is a USSF “A” licensed coach, which is the highest coaching badge from US Soccer.

Before stepping into the coaching ranks, Crompton was a standout defenseman at the University of Maine. He was a two-year captain and a Scholar All-America for the Black Bears.

Crompton also played professionally for nine years, having played in the United Soccer League, the second tier of US Soccer. He played with the Cape Cod Crusaders, Worcester Wildfire, Boston Bulldogs and Connecticut Wolves. He was named a USL All-Star with the Crusaders in 1995 and with the Wildfire in 1997.

In addition to his coaching career at the collegiate level, Crompton has nearly two decades of experience working with young players around the world. Furthermore, Coach Crompton runs a soccer coaching business, Soccer 101 Academy, in the summer months.  

Crompton was also head coach of FC Greater Boston Bolts’ U-17 team from 2002 to 2006, and is a former head coach of the Bolts’ U-16 team that competes in the United States Soccer Federation Development Academy, a nationwide program of select youth clubs. He is heavily involved in club soccer in New England and currently serves as Director of Coaching for Sachems FC.  

Crompton graduated magna cum laude from Maine in 1992 with a double degree in sociology and psychology. In the spring of 2009, he earned his master’s degree in psychology from Harvard. He currently resides in the greater Boston area.

 

 

Overall

Northeast-10

Year

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Finish

2008

8

9

2

.474

5

6

2

.462

8th*

2009

6

10

2

.389

6

5

2

.539

T-6th*

2010

11

3

6

.700

7

1

5

.731

T-3rd*

2011

9 7 2 .556 7 5 1 .577

T-5th*

2012

10 5 2 .647 8 3 2 .692

T-4th*

2013

8 8 1 .500 7 6  -- .538

7th*

2014

6 10 1 .382 5 7 1 .423

9th

2015

10 7 1 .583 8 4 1 .654

T-4th*

2016

2 12 2 .188 2 10 1 .192

14th

2017

7 10 2 .421 5 6 2 .462

T-7th*

2018

6 6 4 .500 4 6 3 .423

11th

Total

83

87

25

.490

64

59

20

.517

 

*Denotes Northeast-10 Playoff Appearance