Feb. 11, 2013
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Steve Brdarski has been appointed head coach of the St. Bonaventure women's soccer team, Director of Athletics Steve Watson announced on Monday.
Brdarski brings 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.
"It is an honor and a privilege to join the St. Bonaventure family," Brdarski, 33, said. "I am thankful to Steve Watson, Steve Campbell and the search committee for their confidence and support throughout this process. I have a lot of respect for the tradition of the program and the university, and am grateful to be given the responsibility to lead this great group of student-athletes."
Brdarski takes the reins of a St. Bonaventure team which went 8-11-1 and advanced to the Atlantic 10 Championship tournament for the fifth straight year in 2012 – one of only three A-10 schools which has accomplished that feat. Brdarski replaces Manoj Khettry, who left to pursue other coaching options in early January, after seven seasons on the Bona sidelines.
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.
Brdarski also is dedicated to the academic side of the student-athlete experience. While at Longwood, he helped develop a recruiting strategy for attracting scholar-athletes which resulted in a team Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better the last eight years.
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 2000.
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.
Brdarski and his wife, Leva, have an 11-month-old daughter, Eliza. He will begin his coaching responsibilities immediately.
2012-Present: Haiti U20 Women's Team, Head Coach; Haiti Women's National Team, Assistant Coach 2004-2012: Longwood University, Women's Assistant Coach (Associate Head Coach since 2008)
2005-09: FC Indiana (WPSL), Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting
2001-2003: Pfeiffer University, Men's Head Coach
1999-2001: Pfeiffer University, Women's Assistant Coach
1997-1999: Pfeiffer University