|MU Men's Soccer Hires New Assistant Coach
Brueggeman was hired shortly after the new year following former assistant Steve Frizzo’s decision to leave in December “to pursue other opportunities” according the Manchester Athletics website. He graduated from Manchester with a degree in Sport Management in 2012. A four-year starter at midfield on the pitch, as well as a captain during his junior and senior seasons, Brueggeman was named to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) All-Conference team during those same seasons.
Hailing from Cincinnati, Brueggeman decided to play soccer at MU just a few months prior to beginning his first year. “I wanted to play college soccer, and I wanted to attend a school with a small campus,” Brueggeman said of his decision to attend Manchester. “I was brought here by another recruit, who ended up not coming here, for the 3v3 spring soccer tournament, which really made me serious about going here.”
Brueggeman returns to the Manchester campus following a year-long opportunity with the MLS team Columbus Crew as the Marketing Promotions intern. “I was the Gameday Plaza Host, so I would speak and read announcements and promotions in front of over 20,000 people at the stadium,” Brueggeman said. “At the end of the season they experienced an entire management change, so there was a lot of turnover. It was a really great experience, and I thought that this opportunity gave me a chance to experience coaching at a higher level.”
While this is Brueggeman’s first time coaching at the college level, it is not his first experience on the sideline as a coach. While attending Manchester, he coached the middle school team at Indian Springs during their spring seasons, and now feels that he is ready to learn how to coach at the college level. He will be assisting under Coach Dave Good, who coached Brueggeman all four years and has held the job since 1980.
Brueggeman comes back to Manchester with a class of juniors and seniors that have improved vastly since he last called them teammates as first-years and sophomores. They will look to improve on the past season in which they went 5-13-1 and 3-5-1 in the conference. This record signaled a sixth place finish for the team that is losing four all-conference players in first team honorees Cody Freels and Dian Radev and second team members Carson McFadden and Grant Noakes.
Brueggeman comes into the job with high expectations. “I just want to see improvement,” said Brueggeman with confidence. “That’s what any coach wants to see, really. I won’t set unrealistic goals for us, but I’d like to make top four in conference and I believe we can.”
A top four finish would give Manchester a spot in the conference tournament, and Brueggeman brings lofty expectations to a group of seniors who haven’t had a berth since their first season. But Brueggeman also brings new, additional leadership, understanding and youth to the soccer squad.