James Boden was named Suffolk men's soccer head coach in August 2015 and became the first-ever full-time coach of the University’s men’s soccer program in the summer of 2018, which marked his fourth season in Boston. Boden returns to the helm for his fifth year in the fall of 2019.
In his first season with the blue-and-gold, Boden guided the Rams through challenges and diversity into GNAC postseason tournament for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. The eighth-seeded Rams, who went 2-6-1 against conference competition in the regular season, fell to the top-seeded Wildcats of Johnson & Wales in the quarterfinals to finish the year, 2-16-1. Boden's first Suffolk squad was backed by junior defenseman Ben Daniels, a third team honoree.
Boden’s second season, 2016, was one of the most successful for Suffolk in recent history. After putting together the most victories against conference competition (6-3) since joining the GNAC ranks in 1999, the Rams received at-home advantage for the league’s quarterfinals as the tournament’s fourth seed. Sophomore Jordan Casey secured a 2-0 win for the Rams, but the regular season champion and tournament top seed ended Suffolk’s run in the semifinals capping the blue-and-gold’s season at 9-10 overall. The season saw five student-athletes garner six all-conference honors from the GNAC highlighted by Rookie of the Year accolades for Jarrett Davis. The freshman grabbed third-team recognition along with Christian Restrepo, while Alberto Bittan represented the Rams on the first team and Casey and Ben Daniels earned spots on the second squad.
Preseason injuries played a role in Boden’s third season, but the end result still had Suffolk in the GNAC playoffs as the Rams played their way in with a 4-5-1 league ledger and a 9-7-1 overall record. The standout performances of Christian Restrepo, Jordan Casey and James Fisher were recognized by the conference. Restrepo earned a spot on the second team, while Casey and Fisher represented the blue-and-gold on the third team.
In 2018, Boden brought the Rams to London for a kick-off season trip. The blue-and-gold was unable to rally around its first-ever international trip in program history as it went 4-11-1 overall and narrowly missed the league tournament after going 3-7-1 against conference opponents. Individually honors came in for Jordan Casey as he picked up third-team all-league recognition for his second straight season.
Prior to standing along the sidelines as coach, the three-year player at Sheffield Hallam University in England, Boden also had youth contracts with Stoke City FC, Port Vale and Chesterfield FC.
Boden, a 2004 graduate from Sheffield Hallam with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science (BSc), moved across the pond to begin his coaching career in 2005. Atop of his coaching tasks, Boden will continue to develop his sports and fitness businesses Boston Beach Soccer, Cape Cod Futsal and AllGen Athletes, which he started in 2011.