Misericordia University

Misericordia University Athletics
301 Lake St. Dallas, PA 18612
Division 3 Pennsylvania Northeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Andy Loughnane

Andy Loughnane is in his second season as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Misericordia University.

A native of Swoyersville, Loughnane brings nearly seven years of coaching experience to the sidelines at Misericordia.

In his first season at MU, he continued the men’s soccer team run of success, leading the Cougars to a 12-5-3 record, including a 7-1-1 conference and a spot in the MAC Freedom Championship game. For his efforts, he was named the MAC Freedom Coach of the Year. The Cougars finished the 2016 season ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic Region. It was just the second time in the last six seasons that Misericordia finished the season regionally ranked.

After losing more than half his roster to graduation and over 65% of his goals scored from 2016, Loughnane led a youthful Cougar team, which featured 14 first-year players, to a 3-14-1 record while playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation featuring games against eventual MAC Commonwealth champion Lycoming, ECAC Champion Lebanon Valley, and NCAA Division III National Champion Messiah.

After a tough non-conference stretch, Loughnane led the Cougars to a 3-3-1 conference record which included wins over Manhattanville, Wilkes, and Delaware Valley and a draw against MAC Freedom Champion DeSales.

In his two years at Misericordia, Loughnane has already coached 10 all-conference selections, MAC Freedom Rookie of the Year Levi Roberts, First Team NSCAA All-Region selection Chris Edkins, and ECAC All-Region selection George Stock.

Off the field, he has also led the Cougars to success in the classroom, guiding his team to a 3.34 team GPA in 2016-17 and two straight Team Academic Awards through United Soccer Coaches. He has also made sure his team has contributed to the community as his team volunteered over 250 hours throughout the 2016-17 academic year.

Prior to his time in Dallas, Loughnane coached at the college, club, and youth level. He was an assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Scranton, helping guide the Royals to a 53-27-19 record in four seasons. Highlights of his time in the Electric City include an NCAA Division III Elite 8 appearance and a final national ranking of #9 in 2012, a 2015 Landmark Conference Title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32.

Loughnane is currently also the head coach for the Electric City Shock in the National Premier Soccer League. In his first season in 2017, he led the Shock to a 4-3-3 record in conference and the first playoff appearance franchise history. He recruited the 2017 roster which included Division 1, 2, and 3 college players, as well as NAIA and previous NPSL players.

He also contributes his time to the local youth soccer community and is a board member of the Back Mountain Youth Soccer Association

Loughnane is a 2011 graduate of Caldwell University, where he played soccer and tennis. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Caldwell and a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from Scranton.

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Robert Brandell

Robert Brandell is in his first year as the graduate assistant men’s soccer coach at Misericordia University.

He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental studies from Saint Lawrence University where he graduated with Cum Laude honors.

Brandell served as a captain of the men’s soccer team for three seasons. As a back, he helped the Saints capture four NCAA postseason appearances and three Liberty League Championships. He garnered all-conference distinction three times and earned first-team East Regional All-American as a sophomore.

He has five years of experience coaching youth soccer and spent six summers as a paraprofessional at The Phoenix Center in Nutley, NJ, a school for children with autism and disabilities.

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