Brian Young came to St. Edward's in 2004 as the third head coach of the SEU men’s soccer team. He now enters his 14th season at SEU with the program’s highest winning percentage.
In 2016, Young’s coaching staff was named the NSCAA South Central Regional Staff of the Year for the second time in three years, as the team made SEU history yet again. The Hilltoppers won their first-ever NCAA Tournament match and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second time in three years after winning their third-straight Heartland Conference Tournament Championship. Young’s 2016 squad set the Heartland Conference record for league wins in a season with 11 and the SEU record for total wins in a season with 18. SEU also set the program record for most all-Americans in a single season with five players claiming six all-America honors.
Over the past 13 seasons, Young has claimed five Heartland Conference regular-season titles and appeared in three NCAA Tournaments – including hosting the first round for the first time in school history in 2016. Under Young, SEU enters the 2017 season nationally ranked for 32 consecutive weeks. Young led St. Edward’s to its highest final ranking of No. 10 in 2016 when the team reached as high as No. 3 in the nation. His teams have also claimed back-to-back national statistical championships in shutout percentage.
Young is also a proven developer of individual talent. He has coached 12 all-Americans, 57 all-region performers, and 75 All-Heartland Conference players. In just the past two seasons, Young’s teams have broken more than 21 SEU and Heartland Conference records. Young has also led the Hilltoppers to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas Team Academic Award 11 times.
The 13-year veteran head coach has helped four players from St. Edward’s into the professional ranks. In 2017, Josh Taylor was signed by Sutton United FC of the English National League. In 2015, Andy Fox joined Peterborough United in England’s League One, eventually converting his opportunity in penalties for the club in the fourth round of the 2015-16 FA Cup against West Bromwich Albion. Daniel Riley also signed a professional contract in 2015 with Swedish team Enebybergs IF. Sean Arters played for Young from 2009-10 and was picked up by the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League (NASL).
For the past six seasons, Young has served as the chair of the NSCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Ranking Committee, and he was the chair for the Heartland Men’s Soccer Coaches from 2004-16. His coaching achievements at SEU were highlighted in 2016 when Young was honored with the Austin Soccer Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
Young came to St. Edward’s University after six years as the assistant men’s soccer coach at Brown University in Providence, R.I. He helped the team win four Ivy League Championships and make four NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. The 1999 squad advanced to the Sweet 16, while the 2000 squad made the Elite Eight. Young coordinated national and international recruitment of high school student-athletes. He assisted in coaching five all-Americans and 11 players who have been drafted in the annual Major League Soccer Superdraft or have signed Major League Soccer (MLS) contracts (FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, Kansas City Wizards, Columbus Crew and New England Revolution). While he was at Brown, the Bears posted an overall record of 61-35-10 (.576) and an Ivy League record of 28-8-5 (.683).
Prior to Brown University, Young spent a year as an assistant coach at Bates College, where he helped the team to the East College Athletic Conference Tournament and BBC title. He was the co-founder, technical director and head coach of Bruno United Futbol Club from 2002-03. Young was also the head coach and director of player development for the Lake Travis Soccer Club in Austin, where he led his team (U14) to the 2003 state finals.
Young coached the ‘90 Boys Olympic Development Program for South Texas Youth Soccer and currently serves as a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) academy scout for the United States Youth Soccer National Teams.
Young played collegiate soccer at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. He helped his 1994 team to the first NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament appearance in UNH history. He earned All-North Atlantic Conference Tournament honors in 1993 and 1994. After graduating from UNH, Young played professionally with the Cape Cod Crusaders Soccer Club in the United States Interregional Soccer League from 1995 to 1997.
Young holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and the USSF “A” license.
He resides in Austin with his wife, Lillian.