Marc Hubbard, named the seventh head coach in Southern New Hampshire University men’s soccer history on January 9, 2008, has firmly re-established the Penmen as one of the premier programs nationally in Division II over his first six seasons. SNHU reached its ultimate goal in 2013, capturing the program’s second NCAA national championship with a 2-1 win over Carson-Newman University.
Over his first six seasons, Hubbard has compiled a 100-19-14 (.805) record and ended the 2013 season as the Division II leader in winning percentage among coaches with at least five seasons. His teams have made six straight trips to the NCAA championship, the longest active streak in Division II, with four trips to the national quarterfinals (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) under his belt. The Penmen have captured three Northeast-10 tournament (2008, 2012, 2013) titles as well as three NE-10 regular season (2008, 2009, 2013) crowns, and have been ranked nationally for all but 11 weeks under Hubbard’s tenure. The 2013 NSCAA Division II Coach of the Year, Hubbard is a three-time Northeast-10 Coach of the Year (2008, 2009, 2013) and was also the NSCAA East Region Coach of the Year in 2008.
Individually under Hubbard, Southern New Hampshire has had 13 Daktronics All-America selections and eight NSCAA All-America selections, while the Penmen have had 25 NSCAA All-Region selections. SNHU has had seven players win Player of the Year awards from the Northeast-10 Conference and a total of 52 All-Conference selections over his six seasons. The Penmen have has two Capital One Academic All-Americans and four Academic All-District selections, and in 2013 earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
In 2013, Hubbard guided the Penmen to the ultimate goal since day one of his tenure, the NCAA Division II national championship. SNHU captured the second national championship in program history with a 2-1 win over Carson-Newman, capping off a 23-game unbeaten streak after a season-opening loss. The Penmen finished 22-1-1, tying the program record for victories in a season, and became the first team to finish 13-0-0 in Northeast-10 regular season play. Southern New Hampshire had a pair of Northeast-10 major award winners and 10 All-Conference selections, while it had three Daktronics and three NSCAA All-America selections.
Southern New Hampshire has compiled a 59-9-1 (.862) record since the start of the 2011 season, making three straight NCAA quarterfinal appearances and three NE-10 title game trips over that span.
Hubbard took over a slumping Penmen program prior to the 2008 season and immediately reversed Southern New Hampshire’s fortunes. Coming off the program’s first sub-.500 (5-8-5) season in over two decades, Hubbard guided SNHU to a 15-3-4 record, the NE-10 Tournament title and an NCAA berth while earning Northeast-10 Coach of the Year and NSCAA East Region Coach of the Year accolades.
Defense has been a hallmark of the Penmen program in recent seasons. Under Hubbard’s watch, Southern New Hampshire has led Division II in team goals-against average three times (2008, 2010, 2013) and has been in the top-10 nationally in each of his seasons. The Penmen have allowed more than one goal just 10 times in 133 games and recorded 74 shutouts.
A native of Durham, N.H., Hubbard spent five seasons as head coach Rob Thompson's top assistant at the University of New Hampshire. During his tenure, the Wildcats advanced to the America East Conference semifinals in 2006 and 2007 and posted a 12-5-3 record in 2006 which earned the UNH coaching staff the America East Coaching Staff of the Year award. In 2005 New Hampshire was ranked No. 1 in New England for just the second time in program history and was ranked No. 23 nationally. UNH was 40-30-21 over Hubbard's tenure and during that span produced two America East Goalkeeper of the Year selections, one Rookie of the Year, one Offensive Player of the Year, 14 All-America East and seven NSCAA All-Region players.
UNH's success during Hubbard's tenure came off the field as well as the program had its first Academic All-American in 2005. 29 players earned All-Academic honors from America East, while in 2007 New Hampshire earned recognition from the NCAA for its Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 995. The Wildcats also received a NSCAA Team Academic Achievement Award in 2006 and 2007.
A 2003 graduate of Colgate University, Hubbard enjoyed a stellar four-year career with the Raiders. He was a three-time Patriot League Second Team selection and earned NSCAA All-New York honors as a senior. Hubbard also served as team captain and was the president of Colgate's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) from 2001-03.
Hubbard has also played on the professional level, spending three years with the New Hampshire Phantoms of the USL Second Division, serving as team captain in 2006 & 2007. In 2006, Hubbard was a USL First Team selection and a Defender of the Year finalist. He also has professional experience with the Wilmington (NC) Hammerheads and the Syracuse Salty Dogs.
A 1999 graduate of Oyster River High School, Hubbard led the Bobcats to the New Hampshire Class I title as a senior while racking up 23 goals and 18 assists. He was an All-New England selection and was named Player of the Year by both Foster's Daily Democrat and the Portsmouth Herald. Hubbard played club soccer with Seacoast United and captained the U-18 team to a New Hampshire state championship. He later went on to coach with SUSC, leading the U-16 squad to a state title in 2005. He has also coached in the US Soccer Development Academy League with Seacoast United. Currently, Hubbard runs Soccer Sphere (www.soccersphere.org), a year round soccer training and camp business and is the Coaching Director for Hampshire Football Club/Amherst Soccer Club.
Hubbard graduated from Colgate in 2003 with a degree in Political Science. He later went on to earn his master's at UNH in Kinesiology: Sports Studies in 2006.
Hubbard is married to Molly (Plimpton) and they reside in Durham, N.H. with their son Harper and daughters Hazel and Harlow.
- 2013 NCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
- 2013 NSCAA Division II Coach of the Year
- Overall Record of 100-19-14 (.805 Winning Percentage), ranks as the active Division II leader in winning percentage.
- Turned a 5-8-5 program into a 15-3-4 program in first season
- NSCAA National Final Rankings 2008 No. 11, 2009 No. 8, 2010 No. 16, 2011 No. 7, 2012 No. 5, 2013 No. 1
- NCAA Quarterfinals 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 ; NCAA Second Round 2008, 2010
- Three Captial One Academic All-Americans, Four Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District 1st Team Members
- No. 1 Defense in NCAA (2008, 2010, 2013)
- Eight NSCAA All Americans, 13 Daktronics All-Americans
- 25 NSCAA All-Region Players
- Seven Conference Player of the Year Selections
- 52 All-Conference Player Selections
- Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year (2008, 2009, 2013)
- NSCAA Division II East Region Coach of the Year 2008
- Northeast-10 Conference Regular Season Titles (2008, 2009, 2013)
- Northeast-10 Conference Tournament Titles (2008, 2012, 2013)