RALEIGH, N.C. – Shaw University and Director of Athletics Dr. Alfonza Carter has announced that Mathew Brown will be new men's and women's soccer head coach. Brown becomes the second head coach of Shaw's soccer program that started in 2017.
"We are very excited to welcome Matt as our new head coach for both the men's and women's soccer programs," said Carter. "He is a tremendous individual that will bring great leadership for the program in all areas we need - in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.
Brown served as an assistant coach during Shaw's men's and women's inaugural season where he assisted in all facets of the program. Prior to becoming head coach at Shaw, Brown was as an assistant coach at Division I Elon University.
"I would like to thank Dr. Carter and Ms. Lake for giving me the opportunity to lead the men's and women's soccer programs at Shaw University," added Brown. "I am very excited to be able to develop both programs in the classroom and on the field. The athletic department as a whole, has been very successful over the years, and it is mine and my staff's duty to continue the traditions of success. Our location and support network are second-to-none and I can't wait to integrate our incoming recruiting class with our returning student athletes. The Raleigh soccer community is one of the best in the country and we are delighted to be a part of it."
A native of England, Brown brings a variety of coaching experience to Shaw. Prior to joining the Bears and the Phoenix, Brown served as an Assistant Coach at NCAA Division I Buffalo University. Brown oversaw the UB goalkeepers as well as the day-to-day activities of the program, including practice sessions, recruitment and video analysis.
Brown made his presence felt after just one season on campus as he turned junior goalkeeper Joseph Kuta into one of the best keepers in the country. Kuta finished the season with a 12-4-3 record to go along with a 0.86 goals-against average, .805 save percentage and 10 clean sheets. The 10 shutouts tie Bobby Shuttleworth's program record for clean sheets in a season. The junior also earned MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week twice this season, becoming the first UB men's soccer player to do so.
Under Brown's tutelage, the Bulls set a team record for shutouts in a season (10) while ranking third in program history in goals against (17) and goals-against average (0.86). In the classroom the Bulls posted an impressive 3.54 Team GPA for the 2016 Fall semester, making them the top academic team on campus. 8 student athletes were named Academic All-MAC, the highest in the programs history.
He spent seven seasons as a coach in England with his last stop coming as the head coach at Bournemouth & Poole College 2013-15 (20-11-9).
Brown had a very successful semi-professional playing career in England, appearing between the pipes for five teams. The teams he appeared with include Sholing FC, Romsey Town FC, Launceston Town and Eastleigh FC. The highlight of his career came in 2014 when he helped lead Sholing FC to the Wessex Premier Division Championship as well as their first FA National Vase title. Brown was awarded the FA Vase Most Valuable Player award after earning the cleansheet in his team's 1-0 victory over West Auckland Town at Wembley Stadium.
After graduating from the Southampton FC Academy in 2006, Brown began his semi-professional career in 2007. Brown spent seven seasons in the Southampton FC Academy with the likes of Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, Everton's Theo Walcott and Liverpool's Adam Lallana.
A graduate of the University College St. Mark & St. John in 2011, Brown earned a Bachelor in Physical Education. He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration. The England native also owns his UFEA B License, a United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, a United Soccer Coaches Goalkeeping level 3 Diploma and USSF E License.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw soccer and its 13 varsity sport teams, visit www.shawbears.com.