July 15, 2009

Pat Laughlin Joins Brown Men's Soccer Staff

Providence, RI- Brown University men's soccer coach Mike Noonan has recently announced the addition of Pat Laughlin to his staff.  Laughlin joins Brown from the University of Maine, where he spent two seasons as head coach of the Black Bears.

" I am very excited to welcome such an experienced and well regarded coach to our program," said Noonan.  "Pat's energy, passion and knowledge of college soccer will add a dimension to our players and our recruiting that should help continue the tradition of success Brown soccer has represented over the years.  I was very impressed with the work he was able to do with the Maine program and he became a leading candidate for our position as soon as he was available. "

            In just two seasons with Maine, Laughlin improved on a team that was riding a 26-game winless streak and made positive improvements in all areas of the program.   During his first year, he guided his squad to a thrilling 1-0 overtime win over UMass, a team that played in the 2007 College Cup, in his first game behind the bench and went on to improve to 2-0 at home early in the season with a 3-2 win over Long Island University.  After a 1-1 draw with UNH, Laughlin earned his 100th career victory with a 2-1 victory over Hartford.  

At the conclusion of the season, the Black Bears had a freshman named to the 2007 America East All-Rookie team, becoming the first player since the 2004 season to garner that honor.  Another one of Laughlin's player earned the same honor in the 2008 season, while two were earned spots on the America East Men's Soccer All-Academic Team.  Laughlin also coached an athlete who was selected to participate in the 2009 New England Intercollegiate Soccer League All-Star game.

The Black Bears, who were in contention for an America East playoff berth until nearly the last week of the season, jumped 69 spots from the previous season in the 2007 final RPI rankings.  It was one of the most significant increases in the nation, as Maine tangled with two teams ranked in the top five in both Boston College and Brown, and also 10 teams in the top 55.

Prior to Maine, Laughlin spent the 2006 season assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island where he served as the recruiting coordinator and prepared and assisted with all training sessions. While there, the Rams won the Atlantic 10 Championship with an impressive 12-5-6 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Before joining the Rams, Laughlin was head coach at Dean College for six years.  Laughlin helped take the program to new heights, which included its first-ever trip to the NJCAA National Finals in 2002.  During his tenure, the Bulldogs captured the New England Region Championship in 2002 and 2003, and were finalists in 2005.  He coached four NJCAA All-Americans and four Academic All-Americans, and combined for a record of 69-36-6 and was named the New England Regional Coach of the Year and was also a finalist for the National Coach of the Year in 2002.  Prior to his arrival at Dean, Laughlin built a program at Champlain College and posted a 28-21-3 record in his three seasons there, and also assisted at Cleveland State University. 

A native of Dallas, Texas, Laughlin is a 1992 graduate of the University of Maine, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and went on to earn his Masters of Education in Sports Management at Cleveland State University in 1996 while serving as an assistant coach. 

Laughlin enjoyed a successful collegiate career playing for the Black Bears, as his teams were ranked among the top 10 in the New England Region three out of his four years.  He captained the team as a senior in 1992, and over his career was named to the North Atlantic Conference All-Academic team in addition to receiving University of Maine Scholar-Athlete honors three times.

He is a member of the Region I Olympic Development Program regional staff, and was head coach of the Region I under 15 boys team.  Laughlin holds a "B" Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation and an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.