Five out of Seven

Over the shouts of the women’s soccer team communicating on the field, one voice stands out. Head coach Tim Moody can be identified on the soccer pitch by his accent alone.

The Southampton, England-native began playing soccer at a competitive level when he was 8 years old. By the time he was 11, he had his first professional tryout. He then had another at 13 and a third at 15.

In a competitive market, Moody was unable to move past a semi-professional level. When it came time to select a university, he looked toward the United States. Moody almost landed at Dartmouth College, but was given a better scholarship at Brunel University in his home country.

“I went home to a great school, full of world-class athletes,” Moody said. “I was average at best compared to some people.”

After realizing that his shot at a professional team was out of reach, he turned to another role in the sport. His background as an education major that he had received at Brunel and his passion for the game of soccer led him to a life of coaching.

Moody came over to the U.S. after college and took an assistant coaching job at Keene State College in New Hampshire. He took his first head coach job at New England College with the men’s soccer team. At the time, NEC and Roger Williams were in the same conference.

It was during the matches against the Hawks that he befriended Jim Cook, the long-time coach of the Hawks men’s soccer team. The two kept in touch, and when the head coach position of the women’s team opened up in 2009, Moody had a chance at the spot. But he wasn’t quite ready. He spent two more years at SUNY Potsdam before accepting the offer when it was available again in 2011.

Now in his eighth year of coaching the RWU women’s team, he has been at the university longer than anywhere else. During his time here, he has found an incredible amount of success, winning the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship five times in his seven full seasons. 

A lot of coaches who find success with collegiate teams, especially in a Division III school, opt to find a job in a higher division. If Moody is given an offer for more than what RWU is giving him, he’ll have to consider it. 

“It would be nice to have a four-year contract and have that stability,” Moody said. “If someone comes and offers me a ridiculous amount of money, I’m definitely going to consider it, but I enjoy what I’m doing here.”

Should there come a time where another offer was on the table, it would be a tough call for Moody. But what keeps him grounded to RWU is the program he and his coaching staff have built since 2011. He credits a lot of his success to his assistant coach Lindsay Bruno, who has worked with Moody for seven years.

Only two conference games into the season, the focus isn’t what’s coming next just yet. Moody and his team still have a championship title to defend. He has undoubtedly found success at RWU and has another chance for a third consecutive championship.

“If you’re successful, people are always asking if you’re going to leave.” Moody said. “But if you’re successful, why would you leave?”