The Niagara University Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Chase Brooks as men’s soccer head coach.
“Chase Brooks is a winner who can take the Niagara University men’s soccer program to the NCAA Tournament,” said Niagara University Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin. ”We were blessed with a huge pool of candidates who believed in the potential of Niagara University and Chase stood out among all of them. He will be a mentor for our student-athletes and provide a stronger foundation so we can compete for MAAC Championships.”
Brooks come to Niagara after spending four seasons as the top assistant coach for the Dayton Flyers men’s soccer program. Brooks’ main focus was on recruiting scheduling, travel and player development, as well as serving as co-director of the UD Soccer Academy.
During his time at Dayton, 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.
Before UD, Brooks served as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois University for two years. As part of the NIU coaching staff, Brooks helped guide the Huskies to a No. 19 national ranking in 2006, the Mid-American Conference tournament championship, the Mid-American regular season championship, and an automatic bid to the NCAA National Tournament. The team finished 15-6-1, which were the most wins in the program’s history. Brooks assisted in training the defenders and goalkeepers that ranked No. 1 nationally in team shutouts and goals against average.
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.