The Loyola women’s soccer team officially announced the hiring of a new assistant coach Tuesday afternoon.
After making back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, the Loyola women’s soccer team added Chris Brown as an assistant coach on head coach Barry Bimbi’s staff, according to Loyola Athletics.
Brown makes his return to Loyola’s women’s soccer program after serving as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2018 season. That season, Loyola’s coaching staff won the Missouri Valley Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.
“I want to thank Coach Bimbi and Coach [Katie] Berkopec for the opportunity to come back to Loyola and be part of this special place,” Brown said in the Loyola Athletics press realease. “After being here in 2018 and working with the staff and this great group of young women, I knew that Loyola was a destination spot for my family and I. I can’t wait to get to work in Rogers Park with the team.”
Brown fills the opening made by the departure of Franky Pelaez — who took the head coaching position for Marquette women’s soccer program in December.
He had moved on to an assistant role at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the 2019 season. He helped guide the team to its fifth-straight reglar season Horizon League title.
“Chris is an incredibly motivated recruiter that will identify and attract top student-athletes to Loyola to help us continue to build on our recent successes,” Bimbi said. “As a coach, Chris has a keen eye to make tactical adjustments during a game, and design training sessions to challenge players in a competitive environment.”
His previous coaching experience includes two seasons as head coach for Concordia University Chicago, as well as an assistant coach at Dominican University, Oregon State University and Northern Illinois University.
Before coaching, Brown attended Northern Illinois and played soccer for the Huskies from 2004-05.