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Chad Brooks, new head coach of the men’s soccer team, has long-term visions for the team, such as playing at the national level.
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New Men’s Soccer Head Coach Thinks of Long-Term Goals for Team

Dylan Hines

The men’s soccer team at Manchester University has a new head coach this season. Chad Brooks transitioned to the role after three years as assistant coach.

Brooks was initially drawn to Manchester after meeting with the coaching staff during his interview process. He elaborated that he and the coaching staff had similar personal values and coaching philosophies, which made him excited to become a Spartan.

The transition to head coach, Brooks said, has brought on more administrative roles that give him more behind the scenes responsibilities. Further, his responsibilities as a leader have changed as he starts to implement the culture that he believes is best for the team and for the program. “My goal is to enhance our student-athletes’ college experience through soccer by pursuing competitive excellence on the field and in the classroom,” he said. “My long-term vision for the men’s soccer program is compete at the national level.”

As COVID has impacted all aspects of college life, Brooks shared his views on how it has affected sports, changing some aspects of the culture. “During our preseason and regular season schedule,” he said, “our student-athletes are building relationships that can only be formed by spending time with each other.

“The pandemic has limited our resources,” he continued, “so our coaching staff has had to be creative when it comes to implementing activities that feed our culture. During this time, you must be willing to adjust and focus on what you can control.”

Brooks also discussed the welcoming atmosphere at Manchester, with the location and campus layout letting students feel at home. Outside of coaching, Brooks also enjoys reading, weight lifting and hiking with his wife Rachel and German shorthaired pointer Loki.