Chad Brown begins his third season as an assistant coach with the Mountaineers after joining WVU in 2010. Brown assists in all facets of the program, including training, recruiting, budgeting, scouting and scheduling.
Brown came to WVU after a four-year run at UNLV, where he served as an assistant coach, as well as the interim head coach in the spring of 2010. His knowledge has paid immediate dividends in his two seasons as WVU has qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2010 and 2011 and has scored 60 goals, the most in a two-year period since 2006-07.
The 2011 season resulted in WVU finishing 11-8-1, defeating five Top 25 teams and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Brown helped develop goalkeeper Pat Eavenson, who finished the season with three shutouts in nine starts, while defender Raymon Gaddis became WVU’s first MLS SuperDraft selection after being drafted 35th overall to the Philadelphia Union.
In Brown’s first season with the Mountaineers, the team went 11-8-2 and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007. Under Brown’s guidance, the Mountaineers became one of the most balanced teams in the conference, recording 34 goals and allowing just 24. Brown helped guide goalkeeper Zach Johnson, who finished the season with five shutouts and ended his career as the all-time minutes played leader and all-time goals-against leader. Johnson is second in career shutouts and fourth in career saves. He was drafted in the MLS Supplemental draft (52nd overall) to the L.A. Galaxy.
Academically WVU has been awarded the NSCAA Team Academic Award each of Brown’s two seasons and Ruben Garrido (2011) and Johnson (2010) were each named the Big East Male Institutional Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The squad also has had a perfect APR score during each cycle.
As an assistant at UNLV, Brown served as the recruiting coordinator, academic monitor, travel coordinator and identification and residential camp co-director. Additionally, he organized daily training sessions and was responsible for scouting reports and team tactics.
Brown helped turn the Rebel program around, developing it into one of the best on the West Coast. After finishing 1-15-2 in 2006, the team raised its win total each season and completed 2009 with an 8-7-4 record, the first winning season since 2002.
In total, Brown coached two NSCAA All-Far West selections, 13 All-MPSF selections and 2007 Freshman All-American Daniel Cruz.
Cruz, who was regarded as one of the nation’s top recruits, was named the MPSF Newcomer of the Year in 2007 and to the All-MPSF first team after scoring five goals in 2008. Cruz was drafted in the third round (41st) overall of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by the Houston Dynamo and currently plays for D.C. United.
Brown also had a key role in developing professional players Nick DeLeon, Lamar Neagle and Mason Trafford at UNLV. DeLeon was a two-time All-MPSF honoree after leading UNLV freshman in appearances with 18 in 2008. Regarded as one of the top MLS prospects, DeLeon was picked seventh overall by D.C. United in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. A NSCAA All-Far West selection and three time All-MPSF honoree, Neagle played every game but one in his four year career and is currently playing for MLS’ Montreal Impact. A team captain at UNLV, Trafford played for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS from 2008-09 and is currently a member of IFK Mariehamn in Finland.
After joining the staff at UNLV, Brown immediately immersed himself in the Nevada Olympic Development Program, serving as an assistant coach to the Region IV 1994 age group team and the head coach of the Region IV 1998 age group team. Brown was not only responsible for selecting the best talent from the western United States, but also for training and developing the squads.
Prior to UNLV, Brown served seven years as a head coach for the Crossfire Premier Soccer Club. Based in Redmond, Wash., Brown ran two of the clubs starting in 1999. While coaching club soccer, he also owned, coordinated and ran operation for First Touch Training LLC, soccer training clinics in the Seattle area.
As a professional player, Brown played for the Seattle Sounders in the A-League, guiding the team to the league finals in 2004-05 and to the league championship in 2005-06.
A 1999 graduate of Fresno State with a bachelor's degree in sociology, Brown was a two-year center midfielder (1997-98). Brown was named to the All-WAC twice, and led the Bulldogs in scoring both years.
A year prior, he led Spokane Community College to the NWAAC Championship and was named the tournament’s MVP. Brown began his collegiate career at Bellevue Community College, where he was named an NWAAC All-State selection after leading the program to the 1994 conference championship.
Brown resides in Morgantown and holds a USSF “A” license.