The 2018 season marks Brad McCarty's 10th campaign as head coach for the Falcons, and his 18th year overall with Messiah Athletics.
Since taking over the reigns of the program in 2009, McCarty has kept the Falcons among the nation's best in men's soccer as he's led the team to four NCAA Division III Championships in his first nine seasons.
In his most recent season, McCarty led the Falcons to their 11th National Championship with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over North Park University.
In his inaugural season as head coach, McCarty led Messiah to its seventh NCAA Division III National Championship, guiding his club to a 24-1 overall record. It was the program’s seventh national title in a 10-year stretch.
In the Fall of 2010, McCarty led the Falcons to another NCAA Division III National Championship. The team concluded the season with an overall record of 23-1. After suffering a NCAA Second Round upset in 2011, McCarty and the Falcons rose to the top once again with a 5-1 win over Ohio Northern in the 2012 National Championship. In 2013, the Falcons rode a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over Rutgers-Camden in the title game to an astounding 10th Division III National Championship over a 14-year stretch.
In 2014, Messiah carried the nation's No. 1 ranking into the NCAA Sectional Final where they were upset by eventual National Champion Tuft's University, 1-0. The Jumbos scored off a free kick less than a minute into that match, and rode the early momentum to the stunning upset.
In the 2016 season, and just one year after Messiah went 14-5-1 overall but missed the NCAA Tournament, McCarty once again led the Falcons back to the national stage. The team went 19-1-3 overall, won the MAC Commonwealth Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Sectional Semifinal. Across Messiah's last 34 games dating into the 2015 season, the Falcons hold a record of 28-3-3.
Through nine seasons, McCarty holds an 190-13-9 overall record and has twice been named NSCAA National Coach of the Year (2009, 2012).
A 1993 Messiah graduate, McCarty was named head coach of the Messiah men’s soccer Feb. 9, 2009, becoming the seventh head coach in the program’s storied 44-year history.
As the Falcons’ top assistant coach for the previous eight years, McCarty helped Messiah to five of its first six NCAA Division III National Championships, returning to his alma mater at the outset of the 2001 season as the lead assistant. Success was quick to follow, as Messiah claimed national titles in the 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 seasons — posting an overall 173-14-8 (.908) record with McCarty on staff. During his time as an assistant coach, Messiah reached the Final Four in all but one season, while 15 NSCAA All-Americans and four NSCAA National Players of the Year came through the program.
“I’m extremely honored and excited about the opportunity to be the head coach of Messiah College men’s soccer,” McCarty said. “My desire is to work as hard as I possibly can to maintain our core ideology. The principles and values of our program are what makes this a special place, and I see it as my responsibility to be true to those ideals.”
McCarty was a standout performer on Shoemaker Field as a collegian. He claimed NSCAA All-Region honors as a senior and was a two-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference First Team member, earning Adidas First Team All-America Scholar-Athlete accolades as a senior as well.
McCarty continued on to play professional soccer for four seasons following his collegiate career, serving as a member of the United Soccer League’s Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club during the summers of 1993 to 1995 and again in 1997, becoming a staple in the franchise’s backfield.
During his playing career, McCarty assumed other duties during the off-seasons, coming back to Messiah in the fall of 1993 to coach the men’s junior varsity squad. He obtained his first collegiate head coaching role the following year, taking over the reigns of the Hesston College (NJCAA Division I, Hesston, Kan.) men’s soccer program at the start of the 1994 fall season. He remained with the Larks’ program for six years, departing to take over the women’s soccer program at Erskine College (NCAA Division II, Due West, S.C.) in 2000. After spending one season with the Flying Fleet, McCarty returned to his alma mater to work under Dave Brandt, helping Messiah’s former leader to unprecedented levels of success at the Division III level.
“I’m passionate about the men’s soccer program, the athletic department and the college as a whole, and look forward to being a part of Messiah for a long time to come,” McCarty said.
In addition to his coaching duties, McCarty serves as the Associate Athletics Director for Facilities at Messiah. He’s also worked as a health and physical education professor at both Hesston and Erskine, assuming an assistant athletics director position at the former in the spring of 1997. He worked as an assistant general manager with the Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club during the summer of that year, and served as the NJCAA Region VI Men’s Soccer Chairperson during his final four years at Hesston.
A graduate of Christopher Dock High School, McCarty played for current Eastern Mennonite University men’s soccer head coach Roger Mast, going on to play for legendary Messiah head coach Layton Shoemaker, among others.
“In addition to playing for Coach Shoemaker and working with Coach Brandt, I was able to play for Coach Mast in high school and Coach (Brian) Davidson and Coach (Mark) Steffans while in Charlotte,” McCarty said. “I’ve been fortunate to develop a good understanding of the game based on my experiences with those quality coaches.”
McCarty has long been a major part of Messiah’s highly successful summer soccer camps, and has traveled to work the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Butler University soccer camps as well. He’s performed soccer clinics for area high schools, and takes over as director of the Messiah College boys’ soccer camps in conjunction with his head coaching role.
As mentioned, McCarty graduated from Messiah in 1993 with a degree in health and physical education. He completed his master’s degree Summa Cum Laude at Wichita State University in December of 1997, focusing on sports administration. He resides in Dillsburg with his wife of more than 16 years, Jodi. The couple has four children: daughters Madison and Morgan, and sons Ian and Finnley.