Brian Kelley is entering his fifth season as the head coach of the Engineers in 2017. He begins the campaign with a 45-21-7 (.664) overall record.
Coach Kelley is really excited about the veteran group returning as Brendan Nemes was an NSCAA, now United Soccer Coaches, All-Region. The team is looking to make playoffs and improve on last year’s 9-4-4 record and conference play.
In addition to four All-NEWMAC performers, Kurt Naugler claimed his third CoSIDA Academic All-District I nod while Riley Doherty was selected as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year in 2015. The Engineers claimed two more All-Conference accolades in 2016 and made Kelley a perfect 4-for-4 in having at least one first teamer. Brendan Nemes also garnered recognition as an All-Region third teamer.
The 2014 team reached the NEWMAC finals for the first time in program history and was ranked sixth in the New England region with a 14-5 ledger. Three players drew All Conference selections last season and Eric Crevoiserat earned a spot on the NSCAA All-Region third team. Additionally, the team ranked seventh in the country in goals against average in 2014.
Kelley helped the Engineers post a 11-5-1 overall record in 2013 as co-head coach with Malcolm MacPherson. Three players drew all-conference recognition, while forward Chris Ciampa was honored as an All-New England performer and Naugler was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District I honoree. Matt Farrell was also feted as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year.
Prior to his time as head coach, Kelley spent four seasons as an assistant under MacPherson.
Kelley coached both men's and women's soccer at The Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. Kelley left a legacy at Defiance as he led the Women's team to their first ever winning season and the men to the conference finals in 2003 and 2004. Kelley was named the Heartland Conference Coach of the Year on the men's side in 2002 and in 2003 was given the honor for his work with the men's and women's teams.
Before venturing to Ohio, Kelley was an assistant on the men's and women's soccer teams at Muhlenberg College, his alma mater.
As a student, Kelley played for Muhlenberg's men's soccer team for four years and was once named a Centennial Conference All-star. Kelley was also co-captain of the team that reached the Division III Final Four in 1995. After graduating, Kelley signed as a professional soccer player for the Reading Rage (Reading, PA) of the United Soccer League. Reading was the “farm” team for the then NY Metro Stars, now known as the NY Red Bulls. Kelley then took his skills abroad as he trained with Shelbourne F.C, (Dublin, Ireland) and played the 1997 and 1999 seasons for Verona F.C.
Kelley is the owner and president of East Coast Soccer, a company that runs camps, clinics, and tournaments, as well as a few club teams in soccer communities north of Boston. He has also worked as the Director of Coaching and Player Development at the New England Soccer School. While there, Kelley helped the program expand from two teams to fifteen in three years.
Kelley is originally from Needham, MA and has recently moved to Central Mass.