Duquesne Names Chase Brooks Men's Soccer Coach
Feb. 13, 2013
Duquesne University Director of Athletics Greg Amodio announced today that Chase Brooks has been named head coach of the men's soccer program. Brooks becomes the fourth coach in program history which started play at the club level in 1994 and the Division I level the following year.
"We are very excited about the hiring of Chase Brooks as our new men's soccer coach," said Amodio. "He has an impressive track record from his time as the top assistant at Dayton to his recent success as a head coach at Niagara. His experience and familiarity with the Atlantic 10 Conference will be beneficial to the program."
Brooks comes to The Bluff after spending two seasons as the head coach at Niagara University where he guided the Purple Eagles to a 13-2-4 record in 2012 along with the school's first Metro Atlantic Athletic Association Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.
In his two seasons, the 2012 NSCAA North Atlantic Coach of the Year has a career record of 22-6-9 after his 2011 squad posted nine wins and five draws during his first season, finishing fourth in the MAAC.
The Purple Eagles also excelled academically during Brooks' tenure, mentoring 10 MAAC All-Academic Team honorees in 2012 and eight in 2011. Niagara was also recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) with the Team Academic Award both years.
"I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to lead the Duquesne men's soccer program forward," said Brooks. "This is a program that is poised to take the next step on to the national scene and we will work hard every day to make that happen."
"I would like to thank Mr. Amodio, Mr. Racicot, and the rest of the search committee for believing in my vision of what Duquesne men's soccer can be. I look forward to the years ahead and bringing that vision to fruition."
Before Niagara, Brooks spent four seasons as the top assistant coach for the Dayton Flyers men's program, where his main focus was on recruiting scheduling, travel and player development, as well as serving as co-director of the UD Soccer Academy. He helped the Flyers win the 2008 Atlantic 10 Tournament for their first championship in 10 years. Dayton went 15-4-3 overall, earned UD's first-ever berth to the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship and finished No. 1 in the NSCAA/adidas® Middle Atlantic Regional Rankings and No. 19 in the national rankings.
The next season, the Flyers followed that by claiming the 2009 A-10 regular season title with a 14-5-1 overall record. The 2010 Flyers finished with a 7-8-3 overall record while placing two Flyers on NSCAA All-Region Teams.
In 2010, Brooks helped assemble a recruiting class that was ranked 20th in the nation by College Soccer News which included U.S. U-17 Captain and NSCAA All-American Midfielder Marlon Duran.
In his first season at UD, Brooks helped Dayton finish the 2007 season 10-4-5 overall and advance to the opening round of the 2007 Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship. The Flyers had two players selected to the All-Atlantic 10 and NSCAA/adidas® Middle Atlantic Region teams and finished No. 8 in the regional rankings.
Prior to NIU, Brooks worked for his alma mater, Eckerd College, since May 2003. After a four-year letter winning career, he remained at EC as an assistant coach while he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in management in May 2003. By December 2003, he was pressed into duty as the interim head coach until May 2004.
A native of Ft. Myers, Fla., his playing career for the Tritons began in 1999. Brooks served as captain for Eckerd during his last two seasons with his senior year including First-Team All-Sunshine Conference accolades. After his senior year, he was chosen as the recipient of the James R. Harley Award, which is presented to the student-athlete who best represents Eckerd.
During his college career, the three-time Sunshine State Conference Honor Roll athlete also received academic scholarships from Eckerd and the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program.
A former Florida Youth Soccer Association referee, Brooks also worked Eckerd summer soccer camps and coached the Southside Youth Soccer program in St. Petersburg. His resume also includes serving as an Operations Assistant for the USBL Florida SeaDragons Basketball Team based in Ft. Myers.
Brooks, who has a Master's degree in sports management from NIU, has also earned an Advanced National License from the NSCAA in 2005 after earning an NSCAA National License Distinguished Pass in 2004. He also holds a USSF "B" License.
Brooks and his wife Sarah have a daughter named Kennedy.