Brandon Bowman, a 17-year head coaching veteran was named the 10th head coach in Carnegie Mellon University history in the spring of 2014. Since that time, Bowman has led the Tartans to two NCAA appearances and 42 wins in four seasons.
While playing one of the toughest non-conference schedules that included three opponents ranked seventh or better in 2017, and with a gauntlet UAA schedule that saw four teams make the NCAA tournament and two advance to the national semifinals, the Tartans collected a 10-4-3 record and just missed out on its own NCAA berth for the third straight season. Junior Zach Masciopinto repeated on the All-Great Lakes Region team and was joined by senior Jimmy Jameson. The pair also earned All-UAA first-team honors while two others picked up second-team recognition.
The 2016 season saw Bowman win his 200th career game and lead the Tartans to the program's 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Tartans earned Bowman's first NCAA win at Carnegie Mellon when they topped Ohio Wesleyan University, 2-1, in the first round. The Tartans, finished the season ranked 20th nationally with a 13-4-2 record and a second-place showing in the University Athletic Association, which sent five teams to the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore Zach Masciopinto earned NSCAA All-Region honors after leading the team and the UAA in goals scored with 13.
Bowman led the Tartans back to the NCAA Tournament in his second season at the helm as the team finished the season with an 11-4-3 record. Three games into the season, the Tartans took down #3 Messiah by a 4-3 score and went on to finish third in the University Athletic Association. Senior Connor Webb was named the program's eighth NSCAA All-American and first since 2009 while five players earned All-UAA recognition.
Bowman's first year with the Tartans turned in an 8-5-3 record against some of the top teams in Division III, as the team faced three nationally ranked opponents and five NCAA tournament participants. Individual honors were given to junior Connor Webb who continued the trend of a Carnegie Mellon men's soccer player being named to the NSCAA All-Region team as the 2014 season marked the 14th time in 15 years at least one Tartan received the honor. Additionally, five players were named to the All-UAA squad.
Bowman came to Carnegie Mellon after a rich tradition of success at Division III Transylvania University, where he served as the head coach since the 2002 season. During his tenure, Bowman compiled a 168-39-31 overall record and a 77-7-9 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play. The four-time HCAC Coach of the Year also guided seven teams to the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Elite Eight in 2009 and the Sweet 16 in 2007.
In just his second year at the helm, Bowman led the Pioneers to a 17-1-2 mark, including a 16-game unbeaten streak, setting a new school record for single-season win percentage.
While in Kentucky, Bowman also served as a coach with Lexington F.C. since 2001. As a head coach from 2003-2010, the USSF “A” Licensed coach mentored players on the U-13 through U-19 teams, winning Kentucky State Championships in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009.
Prior to his hire at Transylvania, Bowman was head coach at Elmira College in New York from 2000-2001. He was also an assistant for the men’s and women’s programs at Division I Miami University of Ohio from 1998-2000. Including his record at Elmira, Bowman’s overall mark of 179-46-31 entering his role with the Tartans placed him eighth all-time in winning percentage (.760) for Division III.
Bowman is a 1997 graduate of Centre College, where he double-majored in history and secondary education. He was a team captain and NSCAA Midwest Regional All-American for the soccer program at Centre. Bowman later received a dual master’s degree from Miami in sport management and sport performance and behavior. He holds the highest level of coaching certifications from the USSF and the NSCAA.