SCHENECTADY, NY – With a decade of coaching experience at a collegiate and international level, Matt brown has been named the 12th coach of the Union College men’s soccer program, director of athletics Jim McLaughlin ’93 announced on Tuesday.
“The department is very excited to welcome Matt to lead our men’s football program,” said McLaughlin. “His experience with several Division I programs and his familiarity with strong academic institutions will be a great asset to our football program and department. I am very excited to see Matt lead the team on the field this fall and look forward to joining the team. football team continues to get stronger, both on and off the field.”
“Thanks to Jim McLaughlin, Beth Tiffany and the search committee for entrusting me to lead the Union men’s football program,” said Brown. “During my time on campus, it was clear to see that Union College is a very special place with great people and I am delighted to be part of That. I can’t wait to get started with the team, connect with alumni and build relationships within the local community. It is a very exciting time to be Dutch!
Brown is coming to Schenectady from Bucknell University, where he spent two years as an assistant coach before being elevated to interim head coach for the 2021 season. In his role as offensive coordinator, Brown led team practice planning and design, video analytics, opponent scouting, planning, fundraising, and alumni relations for the Division I program.
Brown previously served as the head coach of Division II Shaw University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams for one season, leading both teams to the most wins in a season in the program’s short history.
Before his time with Shaw, Brown was an assistant coach at Division I Elon University and the University at Buffalo. Focusing on the defensive side of the ball, he helped the Phoenix set new one-season program records for goals against average (0.57) and shutouts (10) in 2017, as he took the Bulls to a program record of 10 shutouts in 2017. 2016 led.
Born in Southampton, England, Brown is a youth team product of Southampton FC and plays in the academy alongside players such as Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Adam Lallana. He played for nine years at semi-professional level in his native England, representing five teams and taking part in over 300 matches.
He received a bachelor’s degree in children’s physical education from the University of St Mark and St John in the UK in 2011.The 2022 men’s Union football schedule will be announced in the coming weeks as Brown and the Dutch look forward to competing for a Liberty League Tournament appearance in the fall.