DURHAM, N.C. --- Michael Brady has been named the top assistant to the Duke men’s soccer team, announced by head coach John Kerr this week. Brady has been the head coach of American University’s women’s soccer team for the last eight seasons.
“Mike Brady joins the Duke men’s soccer staff with an impressive playing and coaching pedigree,” said Kerr. “He captained American University to the 1985 NCAA Championship game and collected several player of the year awards including Soccer America Magazine and NSCAA player of the year. Mike went on to play for the full U.S. men’s national team and had a terrific professional playing career. He had great success as a coach at American University for both the men’s and women’s programs. I am thrilled to have Mike at my top assistant at Duke.”
In his tenure at American in Washington, DC, Brady led the Eagles to a 72-76-17 record and earned Patriot League Coach of the Year honors in 2007. He led American to an NCAA Tournament appearance and Patriot League Championship in 2002.
Prior to assuming the reigns of the women’s soccer program at A.U., Brady spent three years as director of the Premier Soccer Association based in McLean, Va., which develops year-round clinics and summer camps in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Previously, Brady was the head coach at The Potomac School in McLean for four years.
Brady’s first coaching stint at the collegiate level came during the 1991 season when he was the head coach of the AU women’s soccer team. During that season, Brady led the second-year program to a respectable 6-10 record while competing in the challenging Colonial Athletic Association.
Due to his continuing service to the game of soccer in the D.C. metropolitan area, Brady was inducted to the Virginia State Youth Association D.C. Soccer Hall of Fame during halftime at a D.C. United match in May of 2005.
As a player at American University, Brady was named the 1985 NCAA Men’s Player of the Year by Soccer America and received the Adi Dassler award from adidas as the top collegiate player of the year as he captained the Eagles to the 1985 NCAA Championship match in Seattle, Wash. The three-time NCAA All-America selection is one of only a select few NCAA student-athletes in any sport to be named Player of the Year in three different conferences (East Coast, ECAC-South and CAA). He finished his illustrious career with A.U. records of 65 goals and 29 assists for 159 career points. His 24 goals during his senior campaign in 1985 is also an Eagle school record.
American University retired Brady’s No. 14 during pre-game ceremonies on September 17, 1986, and he was inducted into AU’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997. He is currently a member of the American University Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.
A native of Coventry, England, Brady was a member of the U.S. National team from 1984-1986. He also participated in the National Sports Festival, World University Games and the ISAA Senior Soccer Bowl.
Following his outstanding collegiate career, Brady played professionally for the highly successful Baltimore Blast, a member of the Major Indoor Soccer League, as well as several other professional soccer teams in the United States.
He currently holds his Class “A” coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Brady and his wife, Dori, reside in Falls Church, Va., with their son, Nicholas, and daughter, Noelani.