Dave Brandt enters his sixth year as the Navy men's soccer head coach in 2014 and with his .807 career winning percentage (291-59-28), he is the winningest active coach at the Division I level.
Brandt led Navy to one of its finest seasons in program history in 2013 as the team advanced to the NCAA Second Round and had an overall record of 16-4-2. Navy won both the Patriot League Tournament and Regular Season Championships and finished the season ranked No. 25 in the NSCAA national poll.
Brandt was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2013 and was also named the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. Brandt also saw junior defenseman Joseph Greenspan receive NSCAA All-America Third-Team honors, marking Brandt's first All-American selection at Navy and the 19th of his career.
Greenspan was also named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and sophomore forward Jamie Dubyoski was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year in 2013. Greenspan and Dubyoski were also two of six Midshipmen to earn all-conference honors.
After a 1-3-2 start to the season, Brandt led Navy on a 15-game winning streak that carried the Mids through the Patriot League Regular Season and Tournament unscathed and into the NCAA Round of 32 after defeating VCU, 3-0, in the NCAA First Round.
Brandt established a new Navy program record with his 16 wins in 2013, while also setting a Patriot League record with the team's nine conference wins.
When his senior captain Zach Davis received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, it marked the fourth-straight season that a Navy player received college soccer's highest academic recognition.
In 2012, Navy finished its third straight season of at least .500 soccer with a 7-7-3 overall record. The Midshipmen owned wins over No. 20-ranked George Mason, their first win over a nationally-ranked team since 2007 as well as wins over eventual Patriot League Champion Lafayette and then-Big East power Pittsburgh.
Brandt had two players, Nick Dubee and Derek Vogel, earn all-Patriot League status, the first time that Navy has had two all-league honorees since 2006. Vogel was selected as just the second Patriot League Rookie of the Year in school history and was named a CollegeSoccerNews.com freshman all-American.
During the 2011 season, Brandt led the Midshipmen to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2001, a span of 10 seasons. He had the Midshipmen playing their best late in the year as the squad posted a 3-0-2 record in the last five games of the season, clinching a spot with a draw against eventual tournament champion Colgate on the final day of the regular season. During the year, Navy defeated an American team that won the Patriot League regular-season crown and traditional powers such as UNC Greensboro and Richmond while tying UMBC and Loyola, Md. The Midshipmen also defeated Army for the third straight season, something the program had not done since winning nine straight against the Black Knights during Navy's hayday from 1955 to 1964.
During his second season at Navy in 2010, Brandt's team continued the improvement, finishing with Navy's first winning record in five years with a 7-5-4 record and a 2-2-3 Patriot League mark. The Midshipmen reached as high as No. 2 in the NSCAA / Middle Atlantic regional rankings and Navy players garnered Patriot League weekly accolades a remarkable 11 times during the season. During the 2002-09 seasons, Navy players won just 13 combined weekly honors.
In addition, freshman Martin Sanchez was selected to the CollegeSoccerNews.com Freshman All-American Second Team.
Navy showed great balance in 2010, ranking 64th nationally in scoring offense, while finishing 22nd in the country in goals against average, all accomplished with 21 of its 27 players being either freshmen or sophomores.
During his first year at Navy in 2009, the Midshipmen won four more games from the previous season, while earning victories over strong programs such as Mount St. Mary's, Temple, Loyola (Md.), Lehigh and their first win over Army since 2005. In addition, Navy battled defending NCAA Champion Maryland toe-to-toe for 90 minutes, before eventually falling, 1-0.
Brandt's recruiting impact was felt right away, as the 2009 roster was dotted with 13 freshmen, three of which would start the majority of the season. Five of the top seven scorers from 2009 were freshmen, and the 13 plebes accounted for 27 of Navy's 52 points and nine of Navy's 17 goals.
Brandt came to Navy from Messiah College, where he compiled a remarkable 246-25-14 (.888) record in 12 seasons, winning six NCAA Division III National Championships, including the 2008 crown. He is one four coaches in history to be named recipient of the NSCAA Coach of the Year Award at least four times.
Since taking over the Messiah College soccer team in 1997, no one in the country can match Brandt's accomplishments. He ranks as one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history and his squads won NCAA Division III National Championships in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 and were National Runners-Up in 2002 and 2007. His 2005 squad posted a 24-0-0 record; one of just six undefeated and untied seasons in all divisions since 1972. He is the one of two men's soccer coaches in the country at any level to have won six national titles.
Brandt has won four National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Coach of the Year awards (2000, 2002, 2004 and 2008) and was the fastest coach in NCAA men's soccer history to reach the 200-win mark.
A renowned recruiter, Brandt won at Messiah with a mix of highly regarded superstars and unheralded players that flew under the radar. He was able to land several players that drew major Division I interest, including high school All-American and Ohio's High School Player of the Year, Kai Kaisguran, who he landed away from national power Akron in 2004. Kaisguran was a four-time All-American at Messiah and currently plays for Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire. In addition, he recruited Hayden Woodworth, who selected Messiah over Penn State in 1999, and Patrick Lenehan, who opted to attend Messiah over Notre Dame in 2004. To date, Brandt has had eight players play in the professional ranks.
Under Brandt, Messiah had 18 All-America selections and five National Player of the Year recipients in just 12 years.
However, Brandt's greatest success comes in the way he develops players. Several players who were not highly regarded at any level have gone on to stardom. David McClellan became the National Player of the Year in 2005 and has been the United Soccer League's Player of the Week with the Harrisburg City Islanders six times, after drawing no interest from any Division I school. Chris Boyles became a first-team All-American at Messiah after receiving no interest from any school at any level, and would go on to play professionally for the USL's Charlotte Eagles. A fantastic athlete, Boyles was the 11th-ranked decathlete in the world. Former Messiah player, J.D. Binger, received very little recruiting interest in high school, but ended his careers two years ago as a two-time first-team All-American and had several MLS clubs interested in drafting him.
Messiah stepped up to battle several Division I teams in the last four years and the results were impressive. During the last four years, Messiah defeated Delaware twice and tied Penn and Maryland in preseason exhibitions. Brandt stated a goal when he arrived for Messiah to be the "best place in the country to play college soccer". He developed the program to get players to play for four years, to graduate and become family for life. At Messiah, there was massive alumni involvement and tradition. His influence was found at the ticket gate as well, as the Falcons averaged a Division III-best 1,678 fans per game at home in 2008, a total that would have ranked Messiah 15th in Division I.
Brandt's soccer teachings are based on a compelling vision for teamwork, principled thought and action and an expected outcome of making the whole greater than the sum of the parts.
His playing style emphasizes "possession emphasizing penetration" that requires positional discipline and high technical requirement. His Messiah teams led the nation in attendance regularly, thanks in large part to the fact he plays a style that is fast, athletic, skillful, exciting and fun to watch.
Brandt's knowledge of the game has been met with high regard, as 1,000 coaches at the NSCAA national convention in 2007 attended his presentation on "Technical Precision in Training for Championship Performance in the Match," and he has his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Brandt received his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Messiah College in 1985. He received his masters of education degree in athletic administration from Temple University in 1990.
Brandt and his wife, Diane, have a daughter, Alexandria (22) and son, Danny (19). The family resides in Annapolis.
Alexandria was named the 2012 NSCAA National Player of the Year after leading Messiah to the NCAA title and Danny scored 18 points while helping the Messiah men's team win its 10th national title as a freshman in 2013.
BRANDT'S COACHING ACCOLADES / HONORS
Winningest active coach at the Division I level with his .807 career winning percentage (291-59-28).
2013 Patriot League Coach of the Year.
2013 NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
In 2013, led Navy to its first NCAA Tournament since 1988 and the program won its first NCAA Tournament game since 1971.
Four-time NSCAA Coach of Year (2000, 2002, 2004, 2008).
Reached NCAA Division III Championship weekend in eight of his last nine years at Messiah.
Led Messiah to six NCAA titles and 52 post-season wins, the most in Division III history.
His 2005 team is one of five schools since the NCAA went to three divisions in 1974 to go through an entire season undefeated (24-0-0) and the 24 wins were the most of those five schools. The 24 wins are tied for the second most (with just two other teams) in NCAA history.
Fastest coach ever at any level to 200-win mark.
Coached five NSCAA Players of the Year recipients, 19 NSCAA All-Americans, 46 NSCAA All-Region selections, 14 Conference Players of the Year and 87 All-Conference performers.
Led Messiah team to 11 MAC Commonwealth regular-season titles and eight conference tournament titles. Was named the league's coach of the year eight times.
CAREER RECORD: 291-59-28 (.807)
BRANDT YEAR-BY-YEAR AT NAVY
YEAR RECORD PCT. NOTE
2009 8-11-0 .421 Equaled most wins by first-year coach
2010 7-5-4 .563 First winning record for Navy since 2005
2011 7-7-5 .500 First Patriot League Tournament since 2001
2012 7-7-3 .500 First time with 2 all-PL performers since 2006
2013 16-4-2 .773 PL Reg. Seas./Tourn. Champs; NCAA 2nd Rd.TOT. 45-34-14 .559 --
BRANDT YEAR-BY-YEAR AT MESSIAH
YEAR RECORD PCT. NOTE
1997 16-2-3 .833 NCAA Second Round
1998 17-4-1 .795 NCAA Sweet 16
1999 18-3-1 .841 NCAA Quarterfinals
2000 22-2-1 .900 NCAA National Champions
2001 21-2-0 .913 NCAA Semifinals
2002 23-2-1 .904 NCAA National Champions
2003 18-2-3 .848 NCAA Sweet 16
2004 23-2-0 .920 NCAA National Champions
2005 24-0-0 1.000 NCAA National Champions
2006 21-1-2 .917 NCAA National Champions
2007 21-3-0 .875 NCAA Semifinals
2008 22-2-2 .885 NCAA National Champions
TOT. 246-25-14 .888 Six-Time National Champion