May 24, 2006
BERKELEY - Brad Agoos, the assistant coach of the California men's soccer team, has been named the head coach of the men's soccer program at Seattle University.
Agoos, 35, will become the eighth coach in the 39-year history of the two-time championship soccer program at Seattle University and will take over a program which finished 13-6 in 2005. In 2004, SU was 22-0-1 and won the NCAA Division II national championship. In 1997, the Redhawks finished 25-1-2 and won the NAIA Division II national championship.
Prior to Agoos' arrival the Golden Bears had not been to the postseason for four-consecutive years. Since then they have posted five winning seasons in his six year tenure at Cal. During the 2005 season, Cal made its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and first-ever elite eight showing, while producing two NSCAA All-Americans in Calen Carr and Tyson Wahl. It marked the first time in 27 years that Cal has had an All-American, and the first time in program history that two players have received honors in the same year.
"We are very happy that Brad is pursuing one of his goals in life, to be a head coach at the collegiate level," said Cal head coach Kevin Grimes. "His work at Cal the past six seasons has been tremendous and our program benefited quite a bit from his expertise. He has all of the knowledge and experience to do great things at Seattle University. We wish him the best."
Agoos joined the Cal program in 2000 after spending the previous seven years playing professionally, most recently in 1999 for Quick Den Haag of the Dutch Third Division. He also has played professionally for AC Santa Barbara of the Costa Rican First Division, the Worcester Wildfire of the A-League, D.C. United of Major League Soccer, along with three seasons in the USISL and one season in Germany.
In the coaching ranks, Agoos was a volunteer coach in 1998 for the University of San Francisco and in 1996 for the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, which advanced to the NCAA final four. Agoos was also a player and coach for the Vermont Voltage (PDSL). In addition, he has expertise developing youth players, including in 1994-95 when he coached the Park Sharon Soccer Club in Charlotte, N.C.
Agoos' credentials include a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" badge and a KNVB Trainer Coach III license. Prior to joining the professional ranks, Agoos won three national championships as a midfielder at the University of Virginia from 1989-93, under now U.S. national team head coach Bruce Arena. Agoos was named MVP of the 1993 ACC Tournament and currently ranks third all-time for assists in Cavalier history.