Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Athletics
Skibo Gymnasium - Tech & Frew Sts Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Division 3 Pennsylvania Northeast
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Brandon Bowman

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.

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Danny Brandt

Two-time national champion Danny Brandt joined the Carnegie Mellon University men's soccer program as the full time assistant coach in March 2019. Brandt comes to Pittsburgh after serving one season as an assistant coach at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

While at Hope for the 2018 season where he assisted his father and six-time national champion Dave Brandt, the younger Brandt helped the team double its wins from the season before finishing with a record of 14-3-1. The Flying Dutchmen also received national recognition throughout the year posting a ranking of 21 by United Soccer Coaches and earned the same ranking in the final poll.

Brandt earned a degree in communications in 2018 from national powerhouse Messiah College where he won NCAA Division III titles in 2013 and 2017. He played in every game during both of those seasons, and in three seasons as a player, he helped Messiah post a 69-4-2 overall record. He was named All-MAC Commonwealth Conference First Team in 2014 and 2017 and All Mid-Atlantic Region in 2014. He also received College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honors in 2014.

Prior to his collegiate playing career, Brandt was a member of D.C. United’s U18 Development Academy where he was one of five players called up to play in the 2012 Major League Soccer Reserve League against Montreal Impact and Philadelphia Union. During his time in the academy he trained with the first team under Ben Olsen.

While at Messiah, Brandt played for the Ocean City Nor’easters (2017) of the Premier Development League and Lansing United (2016) of the National Premier Soccer League where he earned honorable mention honors on the NPSL Midwest Region Conference XI.

Brandt has coached at a number of camps including stints at Hope College, Navy, Messiah and Lansing United. His high school playing days were spent at DeMatha Catholic High School near Washington, D.C., where he helped the program finish first in the nation in 2011.

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Scott Backus

Scott Backus joined the Carnegie Mellon University men’s soccer team as the goalkeeper coach in the spring of 2016.

Backus has been a managing consultant for IBM since graduating from Lafayette College in May 2007 with a bachelor's degree in engineering studies and a minor in economics and business. While at Lafayette he was a goalkeeper for the men's soccer team and was named captain and team MVP his senior year.

As a goalkeeper for the Leopards he had a goals against average of 0.87 and a save percentage of .803. The team won the Patriot League Championship in 2003 and 2005 and also competed in the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2005.

While at Lafayette, Backus spent time coaching at the NY90 Elite Soccer Camp, the Lafayette College Soccer Camp and with the Lehigh Valley Magic Soccer Club.

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