Men's Soccer Coaches
|Position:||Friends of Brown Men's Soccer Head Coaching Chair|
Pat Laughlin was named the Friends of Brown Men's Soccer Head Coaching Chair in March of 2010 and became just the sixth coach in Brown's 85-year soccer history.
In his first season with the Bears, Laughlin helped guide the team to a 12-4-4 record while going undefeated at Stevenson Field with a 9-0-3 record. Bruno made its 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as well as its first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2000 with a home victory over Boston College and a thrilling 7-6 penalty-kick win in Storrs against Connecticut. Seven Bears earned All-Ivy recognition, three were Division I NEISL All-Stars, four received All-Northeast Region honors, and one was invited to the MLS Player Combine.
Laughlin followed it up by capturing the Ivy title in 2011 and receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament making it to the Third Round for the second consecutive year. Seven Bears earned All-Ivy honors, including two First Team selections, and two were selected to the All-Northeast Region team. Laughlin also had four selected to the NEISL All-Star squad, and two CoSIDA/Captial One First Team Academic All-District honorees.
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.
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.
Andrew Biggs joined the Brown men's soccer coaching staff in July of 2010. A graduate of Middlebury College, Biggs was the head coach at the University of New England for four seasons prior to his arrival at Brown.
During his time at New England, Biggs coached the program's first winning season in 10 years along with its first 10-win season since 1997. He took over a program that averaged less than three wins per season since the year 2000, and under his guidance the Nor'easters made two Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship appearances. Biggs also served at the University of New England as an assistant men's soccer coach from 1993-1998.
In addition to coaching, Biggs was also the director of soccer coaching and player development for Soccer Maine and was named the National Soccer Coaches Association America Youth Boys' National Coach of the Year in 1999. He has also served as a member of the United States Soccer Federation Instructional Staff, and has his USSF "A" license. Biggs was also a founder of Odyssey Sport 97 youth soccer club in 1997 and served as the clubs Technical Director.
Biggs began his collegiate career at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to Middlebury College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History. After college he played in New Zealand for Western Suburbs in the Central Premier League and then competed for the Arizona Cotton of the United States Inner Soccer League.
Jason Burnett joined the Brown University men's soccer staff in August of 2011 as an assistant coach under Patrick Laughlin. In addition to coaching at Brown he is currently the 96’ RI ODP head coach and U17 Bruno United head coach.
Previously, Burnett served at the University of Vermont where he assisted with all aspects of the program and specialized specifically in goalkeeper development.
During his time at UVM he was also a head coach at the youth level with the premier club: Nordic Spirit SC. Additionally he served as the club’s assistant director of goalkeeping.
Burnett arrived at UVM after a successful four-year career at Saint Michael's College. While finishing his bachelor’s degree he served as a volunteer assistant for both the men’s and women’s programs’ in the Spring of 2010.
A goalkeeper, he served as team captain and was an All New England selection as a senior which he culminated by appearing in the 2010 NEISL All-Star game. During his career at SMC he ranked among the Northeast-10 Conference leaders in six different categories, including saves, shutouts and goals against average. Burnett was named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll and received three honorary awards in his senior year. He was part of a class that won 37 games, the most by any four-year class in the program's 52-year history.
Burnett holds a USSF “E” License, NSCAA National Diploma, and earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Saint Michael's College.
|Position:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
Sam Groves joined Brown University men's soccer staff in the summer of 2011 as a volunteer assistant coach under the guidance of Head Coach Patrick Laughlin. A former four-year letter winner at the University of Hartford, Groves served as a team captain as a senior in 2010 and was selected to play in the NEISL All-Star game.
"I am very happy that Sam has decided to join the staff here at Brown," said Laughlin. "He is a bright young coach who will bring a great deal of enthusiasm and energy to the program."
A native of Sutton, Mass., Groves made 60 career starts and appeared in 67 of 68 games with the Hawks. He helped lead Hartford to a 27-29-13 overall record, which included three consecutive appearances in the America East tournament (2007-2009).
Groves finished his career with 10 points on a pair of goals and six assists and helped the Hartford defense shut out 22 opponents as a midfielder. A two-time America East Academic Honor Roll selection, and a Commissioner's Honor Roll member in 2009, Groves graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in history.