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Saint Mary's College Men's Soccer
Saint Mary's College Men's Soccer

SMC MEN'S SOCCER CAMPS | Coaching Staff

 

ADAM COOPER | Head Coach

Adam Cooper enters his 10th season as head coach for the Gaels in 2015 and is the most successful coach in program history.

He is a 2-time WCC Coach of the Year, has led the Gaels to the best stretch of seasons in school history and owns the program's top marks for wins-per-season, overall and WCC winning percentage and conference victories. His teams have finished among the top half in the league standings in six of the last seven years.

In 2014, his team overcame a myriad of injuries to key starters to compile a 12-5-2 record and set program bests for wins in a season, fewest losses in a season and winning percentage. The team's 5-2-0 mark in league play also set a program best as the team finished second in the WCC standings.

That season, Andre Rawls was one of three Gaels to earn first-team all-WCC honors, became the first SMC player to earn WCC Goalkeeper of the Year and was a NSCAA first-team all-Far West Region selection. He was drafted in the third round of Major League Soccer's SuperDraft by New York City FC.

In 2011, the Gaels registered, arguably, Saint Mary's best season in any sport, as the Gaels advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2011, before falling at eventual national champion, North Carolina. Saint Mary's ended the WCC slate with back-to-back shutouts, lifting SMC to its first-ever West Coast Conference crown. Cooper was named WCC Coach of the Year and eight Gaels were named to the All-Conference Team.

In the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the Gaels went on the road and won three consecutive games at No. 25 CSU Bakersfield, at No. 7 UC Irvine and at Brown. Cooper's Gaels would finish the year ranked No. 14 in the final NSCAA Poll.

A few months later, SMC goalkeeper Doug Herrick was selected by the Portland Timbers in the MLS supplemental draft.

In the NCAA Tournament season of 2009, Cooper was named the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Gaels to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Cooper's Gaels posted the best record in SMC men's soccer history (10-5-5) and became the first team to post ten wins in a season. Cooper had eight players named to the 2009 All-WCC teams including a Defensive Player of the Year award going to junior Jordan Grider. Cooper was also named the NSCAA/MONDO West Region Coach of the Year following the 2009 season.

In his first season at the helm of the Saint Mary's men's soccer program, Adam Cooper led the Gaels to new achievements. For the first time in school history the Gaels downed ranked opponents in back-to-back games. To start the 2006 conference season, SMC defeated No. 11 USF 1-0 and No. 10 USD 4-2.

On top of the team accomplishments, Cooper guided individuals to numerous weekly honors. Alex Christlieb was named the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week and to the College Soccer News, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer Teams of the week. Christlieb became the first Gaels to ever receive all four honors in the same week. Dylan Leslie was tabbed WCC Player of the Week the very next selection. Five honors were bestowed on SMC players at the end of the season. Matthew Fitzgerald was named to the first-team while Leslie garnered second-team honors and a selection to the All-Freshmen Team. Desmond Brooks and Christlieb were named honorable mention.

Under the direction of Cooper, two former players were drafted and will continue their soccer careers. Brooks was selected second overall in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft by Chivas USA. Brooks became the first men's soccer player at SMC to be drafted by the MLS. Fitzgerald was selected by the California Victory in the 2007 USL First Division College Player Draft.

In addition to Cooper's influence on the Saint Mary's program, the fifth-year head coach was also bestowed another highly-touted coaching position by being named the head coach for of the U.S. Maccabi junior boy's squad. Cooper lead the United States to the World Maccabi Games in Israel in 2009 and a team of 14 and 15 year olds to the Maccabi Pan-American games in Argentina in 2007. Cooper also serves on the Region IV coaching staff.

After serving as an assistant coach for the Saint Mary's men's soccer team for five seasons, Cooper was promoted to head coach as a unanimous choice by the selection committee, players and staff. Cooper officially took over the program on December 29, 2005.

As an assistant at SMC, Cooper was instrumental in the Gaels tying a school-record with nine wins in 2005. Cooper has also stamped his name on some impressive recruiting classes that included, 2003 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year Matthew Fitzgerald, 2005 Freshman of the Year Michael Clegg and 2004 Second-Team Freshman All-American Brian Mason.

Cooper's coaching experience includes six years as a co-coach of the Los Angeles Maccabi boy's soccer team, which won six straight gold medals in the United States Maccabi Games from 1995-01. He also co-coached the varsity boys soccer team at Calabasas High School from 1999-01, guiding the team to the Frontier League Championship.

Cooper served as the Technical Director for MDSL soccer club from 2003-05, was Diablo FC's Associate Director of Coaching and is currently the Associate Director of Coach & Player Development and College Advisory for Walnut Creek Soccer Club.

Cooper's playing experience includes one year of professional soccer with the Orange County Waves in the Division II A-League where he was the seventh pick in the first round of the 2000 A-League draft. Prior to playing professionally, Cooper was a four-year letter-winner at UCLA, helping the Bruins to the NCAA Championship in 1997 and a Final Four appearance in 1999. During that time he earned Academic All-Conference honors in 1996 and 1999 and completed a bachelor's degree in Sociology.

 

CHRIS BROWN | Associate Head Coach

Chris Brown enters his fifth season as an assistant men's soccer coach at Saint Mary's in 2015.

During his tenure in Moraga, the Gaels have enjoyed some their finest seasons - including a West Coast Conference championship and NCAA Elite Eight run in 2011. 

Under his guidance, Doug Herrick and Andre Rawls became two of the top goalkeepers in program history.  Herrick was selected by Portland in Major League Soccer's 2012 supplemental draft, while Rawls was a third-round SuperDraft selection by New York City FC in 2014.  Rawls became the program's first WCC Goalkeeper of the Year and was a first-team all-WCC and NSCAA all-Far West Region selection.

A native of Pleasant Hill, Calif., Brown arrived at Saint Mary's prior to the 2011 season after completing two successful seasons at nearby De La Salle High School. In his two years in Concord, Chris was instrumental in helping the Spartans win back-to-back North Coast Section championships as well as an East Bay Athletic League title in 2010.

In 2008 Brown earned his bachelors in history from Boston College where he also competed as a goalkeeper for the Eagles. In 2007 Brown was the captain of a team that won the first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in school history. He led his team to the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.

Brown finished his collegiate career ranked third on BC's all-time list with a 0.91 career goals against average and second on the school's career wins list with 29. In 2008, Brown was rewarded for his play with a place on the All-ACC first-team and in 2007 and 2008 he received ACC All-Tournament team honors. He served as the team's captain during his junior and senior seasons.

In 2008 Brown was part of the United States Olympic Pool for games in China and was invited to participate in a two week Olympic team training camp in Bradenton, Fla.   He was the only college goalkeeper invited to participate with the Olympic Team and was one of only five collegiate players to attend the camp.

After graduating from BC, Brown spent time training with two of the top teams in Denmark and Norway's Premier Leagues. Returning to the United State, he had a brief stint with the Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer before signing with Kongsvinger in Norway's first division. Brown returned after re-injuring his knee.

In addition to his position at Saint Mary's, Brown coached boys club soccer at Diablo Futbol Club and currently serves as the Men's Goalkeeping Director at Mustang Soccer Club.

Brown's brother, Adin, was also a professional goalkeeper, most recently with the Portland Timbers of MLS before returning after the 2011 season.  His father, Adin, played football at William and Mary and was a 1968 NFL Draft selection by the Denver Broncos.

 

CHARLIE CAMPBELL | Assistant Coach

Charlie Campbell enters his first season as an assistant men's soccer coach at Saint Mary's College in 2015 after serving two years on the coaching staff at the University of Louisville.

Following a successfull college playing career at Virginia Tech and Louisville, where he appeared in two NCAA semifinals and one final, he played three seasons of professional soccer.  In 2013, while playing with Ljungskile SK in Sweden, he suffered a career-ending knee injury and moved into coaching at his alma mater.

Campbell signed with Orlando City Soccer Club in May of 2011. He helped guide Orlando City to the 2011 USL Pro Championship. In 2012, Campbell appeared in 20 of 24 league matches for USL regular season champions Orlando City. Campbell also started both U.S. Open Cup matches for City while notching two assists. Following his one goal and five assists, Campbell was awarded Clubman of the Year by manager Adrian Heath. Campbell was drafted in the second round, 35th overall, of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas.

Campbell transferred to Louisville from Virginia Tech in the spring of 2010, using his final year of eligibility with the Cardinals. He was a member of a Cardinals side that advanced to the NCAA championship final.

He started in 20 games for the Louisville defense. He scored a season-high two goals against Cincinnati. He played a big part in the Cardinals 2010 NCAA Tournament run, scoring a goal in each of Louisville's three NCAA wins over College of Charleston, Ohio State and UCLA.  Campbell also provided an assist against Ohio State and UCLA. Campbell was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team.

Prior to joining the Cardinals, Campbell spent three seasons at Virginia Tech. Started in all 19 games for the Hokies in 2009 and finished the season tied for the lead with three goals and four assists. He finished the 2009 season with two game-winning goals He was named to All-ACC Academic team for three straight seasons. He started in 16 games during the 2007 season, finishing the season with four goals and five assists. Campbell recorded a team save to preserve the Hokies' 1-0 win over Connecticut in the NCAA College Cup Regional Final. He earned All-ACC Freshman team honors in 2005.

Campbell earned his bachelor's degree in Finance from Virginia Tech in 2009. He also earned his master's degree in sport administration from the University of Louisville in 2010.

 

STEPHEN WONDOLOWSKI | Assistant Coach

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