Head Coach Brad McCarty
|Year at Messiah:
12th (Third as head coach)
Christopher Dock (1989)
Messiah College (1993)
|Record at Messiah:
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Brad McCarty begins his 12th season as a coach in the Messiah College soccer program in 2011, and third as head coach.
It will be difficult to top his first two seasons.
In his inagural season as head coach, McCarty led Messiah to its seventh NCAA Division III National Championship in the fall of 2009, guiding his club to a 24-1 overall record. It was the program’s seventh national title in the last 10 years.
In the Fall of 2010, his second season as head coach, McCarty lead the Falcons to another NCAA Division III National Championship. The team concluded the season with an overall record of 23-1. This was the program's eighth national title in 10 years and third straight.
A 1993 Messiah graduate, McCarty was named head coach of the Messiah men’s soccer Feb. 9, 2009, becoming the seventh head coach in the program’s storied 43-year history.
The Falcons’ top assistant coach for the previous eight years, McCarty helped Messiah to five of its first six NCAA Division III National Championships, returning to his alma mater at the outset of the 2001 season as the lead assistant. Success was quick to follow, as Messiah claimed national titles in the 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 seasons — posting an overall 173-14-8 record (.908) with McCarty on staff. During his time as an assistant coach, Messiah reached the Final Four in all but one season, while 15 NSCAA All-Americans and four NSCAA National Players of the Year came through the program.
Then, in his first year as head coach, McCarty guided the program to its NCAA Division III-record seventh national championship, earning NSCAA National Coach of the Year honors as a result.
“I’m extremely honored and excited about the opportunity to be the head coach of Messiah College men’s soccer,” McCarty said upon his hiring. “My desire is to work as hard as I possibly can to maintain our core ideology. The principles and values of our program are what makes this a special place, and I see it as my responsibility to be true to those ideals.”
McCarty was a standout performer on Shoemaker Field as a collegian. He claimed NSCAA All-Region honors as a senior and was a two-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference First Team member, earning Adidas First Team All-America Scholar-Athlete accolades as a senior as well.
McCarty continued on to play professional soccer for four seasons following his collegiate career, serving as a member of the United Soccer League’s Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club during the summers of 1993 to 1995 and again in 1997, becoming a staple in the franchise’s backfield.
During his playing career, McCarty assumed other duties during the off-seasons, coming back to Messiah in the fall of 1993 to coach the men’s junior varsity squad. He obtained his first collegiate head coaching role the following year, taking over the reigns of the Hesston College (NJCAA Division I, Hesston, Kan.) men’s soccer program at the start of the 1994 fall season. He remained with the Larks’ program for six years, departing to take over the women’s soccer program at Erskine College (NCAA Division II, Due West, S.C.) in 2000. After spending one season with the Flying Fleet, McCarty returned to his alma mater to work under Dave Brandt, helping Messiah’s former leader to unprecedented levels of success at the Division III level.
“I’m passionate about the men’s soccer program, the athletic department and the college as a whole, and look forward to being a part of Messiah for a long time to come,” McCarty said.
In addition to his coaching duties, McCarty serves as the assistant athletics director for facilities and equipment at Messiah, a role he assumed upon returning to campus in 2001. He’s also worked as a health and physical education professor at both Hesston and Erskine, assuming an assistant athletics director position at the former in the spring of 1997. He worked as an assistant general manager with the Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club during the summer of that year, and served as the NJCAA Region VI Men’s Soccer Chairperson during his final four years at Hesston.
A graduate of Christopher Dock High School, McCarty played for current Eastern Mennonite University men’s soccer head coach Roger Mast, going on to play for legendary Messiah head coach Layton Shoemaker, among others.
“In addition to playing for Coach Shoemaker and working with Coach Brandt, I was able to play for Coach Mast in high school and Coach (Brian) Davidson and Coach (Mark) Steffans while in Charlotte,” McCarty said. “I’ve been fortunate to develop a good understanding of the game based on my experiences with those quality coaches.”
McCarty has long been a major part of Messiah’s highly successful summer soccer camps, and has traveled to work the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Butler University soccer camps as well. He’s performed soccer clinics for area high schools, and takes over as director of the Messiah College boys’ soccer camps in conjunction with his head coaching role.
McCarty graduated from Messiah in 1993 with a degree in health and physical education. He completed his master’s degree Summa Cum Laude at Wichita State University in December of 1997, focusing on sports administration. He resides in Dillsburg with his wife of 15 years, Jodi. The couple has four children: Madison (12), Morgan (10), Ian (7) and Finnley (3).