St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure University Dept of Athletics
P.O. Box G - Reilly Center St Bonaventure, NY 14778
Division 1 New York Northeast
Private Small National competitor


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Steve Brdarski

Steve Brdarski will enter his seventh season at the helm of the St. Bonaventure University women's soccer team in 2019. Since starting in 2013, Brdarski has infused the program with his passion and enthusiasm for the game and the experience of being a student-athlete.

Throughout his tenure with the program, Brdarski's Bonnies have enjoyed accolades on the field and in the classroom. That continued following the 2016 season when freshman Sabrina Sousa-Sampson was tabbed to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team while Jennifer Morris and Gretta LaCouture were each named to the A-10 All-Academic Team. Following the 2017 season, Sydney Cassagnol was named Academic All-Region and LaCouture earned a second consecutive selection to the A-10 All-Academic Team. Once again, the Bonnies were recognized by the NCAA Academic Progess Report (APR) for their academic success. In 2018, LaCouture was again named Academic All-Region. The Bonnies have been honored by the United States Soccer Coaches Association for academic success in 12 straight seasons as of 2018.

The Bonnies finished 6-11-2 in the 2015 season, but it was a year of near-misses as Bona suffered six setbacks by just one goal. Senior Abby Maiello ranked fifth in the Atlantic 10 in points and was also selected to the A-10 All-Academic Team. Away from the field, the Bonnies again excelled in the classroom, compiling a perfect NCAA APR score for the third straight year while posting a 3.342 team cumulative GPA.

His first season, 2013, was without any question a success. The Bonnies won their final four Atlantic 10 Conference games to earn a spot in the A-10 Championship tournament for the sixth year in a row. There, St. Bonaventure defeated George Mason 1-0 to reach the semifinals, where it lost a hard-fought decision to Dayton.

Brdarski brought a wealth of experience to SBU, having served in various coaching roles at the college, professional and national soccer levels. Most recently, he had held the title of Associate Head Coach at Longwood University since 2008 and was an assistant coach at the Virginia-based school since 2004.

Before his stint at Longwood, Brdarski was the men’s head coach and a women’s assistant coach at his alma mater, Pfeiffer University in North Carolina.

Outside of the college ranks, Brdarski was named head coach of the Haitian U20 Women’s Team in 2012, and he is also an assistant coach for Haiti’s Women’s National Team. Additionally, the Copley, Ohio, native was an assistant coach and director of scouting for FC Indiana of the Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPSL) from 2005-09.

Success has followed Brdarski at each of his coaching stops. The Longwood women’s team achieved a winning record in six of the last seven seasons with Brdarski on staff, and averaged 10 wins per season during that time. This past year – its first season in the Big South Conference – Longwood produced a program record for victories (13), highest RPI (120) and tied for second in the league standings.

With the help of Brdarski, FC Indiana became the first team to win WSPL and U.S. Open cup championships in the same year, and the first expansion club to capture the league title. Brdarski also assisted with the individual development of 41 professional players – including 14 World Cup and Olympic Games participants and 21 National Team members – during his time in Indiana.

As the men’s head coach at Pfeiffer from 2001-03, Brdarski improved the team’s record from 3-12-1 in his first season to 8-7-2 the following year. While a women’s assistant at Pfeiffer from 1999-2001 – the 1999 season being Brdarski’s junior year – the team posted a program record for wins in a season, earned its first conference championship and achieved its best ever NSCAA National Top 25 national and regional ranking.

As a three-year letterwinner for the Pfeiffer men’s soccer team, Brdarski started 42 consecutive games and helped lead Pfeiffer to a conference title in 1997. He did not play soccer his senior season to focus on coaching, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 2001.

Brdarski has also been active on committees, having served on the 2003 NSCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Committee and 2002 NCAA “Yes” Clinic. He is currently a board member for Habitat for Humanity.

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Abby Pearson

Abby Pearson is in her third season with the St. Bonaventure women's soccer program, joining the staff in July 2017.

Pearson comes to St. Bonaventure after having coached on the club circuit for Beavercreek Celtics. She coached teams into the top 3 in the state and top 50 in the nation. While in Ohio she also managed for Coerver Coaching Ohio where she trained coaches, developed sessions and ran performance academies for the Dayton area.

Pearson also brings over 25 years of playing experience, most recently coming off the semi-professional circuit in the WPSL having played for the Cincinnati Sirens the past 4 years and prior to that having played for the Dayton Dutch Lions in the W-League where they won the conference title in 2013. Pearson played as a defender for a majority of her career, but lead her collegiate team in the center of the park during her 4 years at Urbana University. During her time there she made it into the record books for assists, single season assists, goals, game-winning goals and game-winning assists. Besides earning the All-Conference player of the week award on multiple occasions, she also earned GMAC All-Conference 1st team, All Ohio 1st team and was the first female athlete in school history to earn NCAA All-Midwest Regional honors. Offensive MVP of her team, she led the Blue Knights in goals, assists and points. She also led the conference in assists, 2nd in points, 5th in goals and finished her senior season ranked top 20 in the nation for assists.

She graduated from Urbana University in 2012 with an undergraduate degree in English and Communications and is currently finishing up her MBA at St. Bonaventure.

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Hanna Shay

Hannah Shay joined the Bonnies women's soccer program in Summer 2019 and is in her first season with St. Bonaventure.

Shay was a two-year team captain and played four seasons at Cedarville University. During her collegiate career, she was named to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. A defender for the Lady Jackets, she started all 19 games with two goals and five total points in 2014 and was one of seven players on her team to start all 22 matches in 2013, also scoring two goals and finishing with five points before an injury limited her in her final two seasons.

During her high school career, she was a two-time Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association All-State selection and National Honor Society student.

Prior to St. Bonaventure, she began her coaching career in 2017 as a varsity assistant at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va. In 2018, she served as a coach with the Internationals Girls Soccer Club in Medina, Ohio and was also an assistant coach at Hudson (OH) Middle School as well as with Ambassadors FC in Macedonia, Ohio.

She owns a U.S. Soccer D license and NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Certification.

Shay earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Cedarville as an Honors Dean's List student. She is currently working on a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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