NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College Director of Athletics Rick Cole Jr. announced the appointment of Sarah Brady as head coach of the Gaels' women's soccer program. Brady comes to New Rochelle after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Manhattan College.
"We are very excited to have Sarah join the Iona College family," said Cole. "We look for her high-energy, great passion for the game and both playing and coaching experience to lead the women's soccer program to a MAAC Championship."
"I am honored to become the newest member of the Iona College family," said Brady. "I would like to thank Rick Cole Jr. and the members of the Iona athletics department for extending their trust in my passion and commitment to fulfilling the requirements of this prestigious role."
"The potential of our women's soccer program excites me greatly," she added. "We have a young team with enormous potential and I am committed, in line with the Iona College mission, to guiding our student-athletes to pursuing the highest standards of excellence."
This past fall, Brady helped mentor the Jaspers to the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championship and a championship game appearance vs. eventual MAAC Champion Siena. In her first season as full-time assistant coach at Manhattan, Brady helped the Jaspers to eight total victories and the program's first winning non-conference record in five years. She joined the program as a volunteer assistant in 2014. Brady assisted with match analysis and opponent scouting, team training, in-game tactics and recruiting while also serving as technical director at Parsippany Soccer Club in NJ.
Since arriving in the United States in 2009 to pursue a full-time coaching career, Brady also served as a successful youth coach with NJ ODP ‘99 Girls, Region 1 ODP camp staff and STA Soccer Club.
Brady carries a USSF B license, an NSCAA premier diploma, an NSCAA advanced national diploma and NSCAA national diploma among her coaching qualifications.
A 2007 Leeds Metropolitan University graduate with an honors degree in Sport
& Exercise Science, Brady played 10 seasons in the Football Association Women’s Premier League with both Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs. She won two national championships, leading to national recognition until her career was abruptly ended through serious injury during her early college years.
In 2014, Brady was a recipient of the NSCAA 30-Under-30 scholarship program. A year-long education and mentorship opportunity for select up-and-coming coaches who have made soccer coaching their career of choice.