Chad Brown To Join Women's Soccer Staff As Volunteer Coach
SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane native and current Spokane Shadow head coach Chad Brown is joining Gonzaga University’s women’s soccer team as a volunteer coach, Bulldog head coach Amy Edwards announced Friday.
Brown, who attended Spokane’s Central Valley High School, coached the Shadow to the Evergreen Premiere League (EPLWA) title this season with a 10-2-2 record as the Shadow returned to competition following a 9-year hiatus.
The former men’s soccer assistant coach at West Virginia University (2010-12) and UNLV (2006-10), Brown graduated from Fresno State University with a BA in sociology while playing his final two years of collegiate soccer with the Bulldogs from 1997-98. He was a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection while leading FSU in scoring both seasons. He also played at Bellevue Community College in 1994 where he was a Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) All-State pick and at the Community Colleges of Spokane where he helped CCS to the 1996 NWAACC title while earning tournament MVP honors.
“We are ecstatic Chad will be joining us. The players will benefit from his vast knowledge and experience as well as his passion and coaching philosophies. It will be a pleasure to work with Chad and we are truly fortunate for him to be joining the Zags this fall,” Edwards said.
Brown was a member of the Shadow since its beginning as a provisional member of what is now the USL PDL in 1995, and holds the distinction of being the first player to score a goal in a Spokane Shadow jersey. He went on to play for the Shadow through its league runner-up finish in 1999 before moving on to the Seattle Sounders Select, a rival PDL team. Midway through the 2000 season, he was called up to the Sounders first-team squad for the USL First Division. He spent another five years with the future Major League Soccer club, winning the league USL-1 championship in 2005.
Brown also works with the Spokane Shadow Soccer Club as the U8-10 director and as the U12 girls and U11 boys head coach.