Providence, RI- After conducting a national search of the most qualified candidates from around the country, Brown University found its new men's soccer coach already on staff. Pat Laughlin, former Brown assistant coach, has been named the Friends of Brown Men's Soccer Head Coaching Chair and becomes just the sixth coach in Brown's 84-year soccer history announced Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger.
"We are delighted to have Pat Laughlin take over as our new head coach," said Goldberger. "We knew we had a great coach when Mike Noonan chose him to be an assistant on his staff, and in his time here he has proven Mike right. His work with our players, administration and alumni has been first class in every way and we are really excited about the upcoming season."
A 1992 graduate of the University of Maine, Laughlin brings 16 years of collegiate coaching experience to Brown, which includes one season as an assistant coach for the Bears during the 2009 season. Last year, the Bears earned a 5-2 mark in the Ivy League and went 11-3-5 on the year to earn its 24th NCAA appearance. Seven players received All-Ivy honors, while two received NSCAA All-Region accolades.
"This is a great opportunity and I would like to thank Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger and Associate Athletic Director/Chair of the Search Committee Bob Kenneally for their support," said Laughlin. "Brown men's soccer is a program with a great history and an exciting future. I look forward to building upon that tradition of success."
"After a national search, I am so pleased to have hired Pat Laughlin as our head coach of Brown men's soccer," said Kenneally. "Pat's leadership and commitment to our student-athletes will help continue the great success that our program has been traditionally known for."
In just two seasons as the bench boss at Maine, Laughlin not only turned a program around that was riding a 26-game winless streak, but he also made positive improvements in multiple areas of the program. He increased Maine's win totals in both 2007 and 2008, and his team received an NSCAA Team Academic Award for the first time in program history. He had 30 players selected to the America East honor roll, two players selected to the America East's All-Rookie team, and two to the America East All-Academic team.
Prior to Maine, Laughlin spent the 2006 season as an 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 the head coach at Dean College for six years. He helped take the program to new heights, which included its first-ever trip to the NJCAA National Finals in 2002. The Bulldogs captured the New England Region Championship in 2002 and 2003, and were finalists in 2005. He coached four NJCAA All-Americans, four Academic All-Americans, and posted a 69-36-6 record while there and was named the New England Regional 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.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Laughlin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Maine and went on to earn his Master's 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 Maine Black Bears, as his team ranked in the top ten in New England three out of his four years. A team captain during his senior season, Laughlin was named to the North Atlantic Conference All-Academic Team in addition to receiving the University of Maine scholar-Athlete honors three times.
He is the Head Coach for Region I Boys U-15 Olympic Development Program, and for the past three years he has coached this team in Spain, Argentina and Costa Rica on international tours. Laughlin holds a "B" Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation and an Advanced Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.