Seth Brown, who led the Husson University men’s soccer team to its first NCAA Division III Tournament berth this past fall, has resigned as coach and professor at the Bangor-based institution.
Brown, who was the coordinator of the sports management program and a professor in the school of business, directed the soccer program for four seasons and compiled a 43-30-7 record. The Eagles went 24-4-4 in North Atlantic Conference play and won regular season titles in 2008 and 2009 and the NAC tournament title this past fall.
“It was time for me to move on and try something different,” said the 36-year-old Brown, a Searsport High School graduate who played college soccer at the University of Southern Maine and Maine Maritime Academy. “I’m looking for opportunities outside of soccer right now.”
He will continue to coach Black Bear United’s Under-16 boys team. Its season runs through the end of July.
“My priorities are coaching my Under-16 team and try to get us to a regional tournament; pay attention to my lawn; spend time with my kids and re-introduce myself to my wife,” said Brown who has two children (8-year-old Wade and 6-year-old Mayako) with wife Mariko.
“He will be a loss,” said Husson women’s soccer coach Keith Bosley. “He was a great coach and a great educator. But I can appreciate his desire to explore other things.”
Brown said he was “thankful to Husson” for giving him and his family a chance to return to the state from Georgia, where he was the director of soccer camps and leagues for the Atlanta Silverbacks of the United Soccer Leagues.
“I think we accomplished a lot in four years,” said Brown, the 2008 NAC coach of the Year. “We played some very good teams and got some good results. The boys I coached were fantastic. I made a lot of really good friends.
“Seeing the guys graduate was always a highlight,” added Brown. “I was very happy with the time I spent there. Husson was fantastic to me. [Former athletic director and football coach] Gabby Price was an amazing person, mentor and athletic director and there are a lot of good people there who looked out for me.”
Clancy named interim coach
Christine Clancy, who was an assistant coach at Colby College in Waterville and helped head coach Lori Gear McBride lead the Mules to their best season in school history (24-5), will replace McBride on an interim basis.
McBride was recently named the head coach at the University of Vermont.
Yarmouth’s Clancy assisted McBride for two years and the Mules went 37-17.
This past season, Colby reached the New England Small College Athletic Conference title game and earned its first ever berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
“I’m really excited for this opportunity,” said Clancy in a press release. “It’s really a dream job for me. It’s going to be great to lead this group of players. They are so much fun to work with and they work so hard.”
Clancy earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University in 2006 where she was a two-time All-University Athletic Association (UAA) choice.
The Mules will return nine of their 11 players.
Colby’s Deveau Rookie of Year
Colby College’s Ian Deveau was named the NESCAC’s Rookie of the Year in lacrosse and teammates Craig Bunker and Whit McCarthy were first-team selections along with Bowdoin College’s Owen Smith.
Bowdoin’s Russ Halliday, Adam Tracy and Henry Andrews were second-team picks.
Deveau had 14 goals and a team-high 21 assists and ranked fifth in the league in assists per game (1.31) and 14th in scoring (2.19).