Women's Soccer Coaching Staff
Brad Evans
Head Coach

 After taking the reins of the University of Toledo women’s soccer program on March 5, 2001, Brad Evans was charged with the task of taking a six-year-old program to heights it had never reached before. In 13 seasons, he has done that and taken the Rockets to another level.

 Now entering his 14th year as head coach, Evans has guided the Rockets to unparalleled success, culminated by three Mid-American Conference regular-season championships (2008, ‘10, ‘11) and a league-tying best four tourney titles (2006, ‘07, ‘08, ‘11).

The Toledo head coach has an intense drive to win, but above all else is his desire to see each student-athlete make the most of her opportunities, both on and off the pitch.

Evans has a career record of 198-132-29 in 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach, including 131-106-27 at Toledo.

The two-time MAC Coach of the Year (2010, ‘11) has taken the Rockets to a league-tying best four NCAA Championships appearances (2006, ‘07, ‘08, ‘11). His players have received three MAC Player of the Year awards (Molly Cornwell - 2007 & ‘08 and Rachel MacLeod - Offensive in 2011) and a pair of conference Freshman of the Year honors (Vicki Traven in 2008, MacLeod in 2010), as well as 14 first-team All-MAC selections.

A 1992 graduate of College of Wooster, Evans received a bachelor’s degree in education. He also earned his master’s degree in education from Ashland University in 1997.

Evans and his wife, Kristen, reside in Sylvania. They have two daughters, Kari (13) and Elizabeth (12).

Mid-American Conference Excellence
Head Coach Brad Evans has led Toledo to three MAC regular-season championships (2008, ‘10, ‘11), two West Division titles (2010, ‘11) and a league-tying best four tournament crowns (2006, ‘07, ‘08, ‘11).

In his 13 years at UT, Evans has advanced the Rockets to the MAC Tournament on eight occasions, guiding the team to the semifinals a league-best seven-consecutive years.

Academic Excellence
The Rockets have been equally as successful in the classroom as well as on the pitch under Head Coach Brad Evans. In his tenure, Toledo players have been selected first-team Academic All-MAC 25 times, Academic All-District on six occasions and Academic All-America twice.

Under his tutelage, UT has posted team grade-point averages above 3.5 in 17 of the last 27 semesters.

For the last eight years, Toledo has been recognized for having a top-10 team GPA in the nation. The Rockets posted a 3.62 overall GPA during the 2012-13 academic year to rank tied for sixth among Division I programs, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). UT also finished third (3.63 GPA) nationally in 2005-06, tied for second (3.59 GPA) in 2006-07, 10th (3.46 GPA) in 2007-08, second (3.63 GPA) in 2008-09, tied for second (3.63 GPA) in 2009-10, tied for fifth (3.61 GPA) in 2010-11 and sixth (3.58 GPA) in 2011-12.

On an individual basis, Natalia Gaitàn earned a spot on the 2012 Academic All-America® Third Team and All-District First Team. A year earlier, Gaitàn was named to the 2011 NSCAA Scholar All-America Third Team, becoming the first member of the program to earn Academic All-America accolades.

In addition, Kristen Lynn (first team in 2011), Nicole Gyurgyik (third team in 2011), Ali Leak (third team in 2007 & ‘09), Laura Mecklenborg (third team in 2008) and Gaitàn (first team in 2012) have been named Academic All-District honorees, respectively.

Home Field Dominance
Head Coach Brad Evans and the Rockets have been nearly unbeatable at Scott Park over the last nine seasons, compiling a stout 62-23-7 (.712) ledger. Aiding Toledo’s stellar mark at home under Evans was a school-record 14-match unbeaten stretch over the course of the 2009 and 2010 seasons, registering a 12-0-2 mark during this period.

 Toledo has won at least nine home contests on four occasions under Evans, including a school-record 11 victories during the 2008 campaign.

2013: Toledo Misses MAC Tournament for First Time in Nine Seasons
Toledo posted a 6-12-1 overall record in 2013, 3-7-1 in the Mid-American Conference. UT finished sixth in the MAC West Division standings and did not qualify for the league tournament for the first time in the last nine seasons.

Despite not advancing to the postseason, the Rockets’ season was not without their share of memorable moments. The Midnight Blue & Gold took advantage of a hat trick by senior Rachel MacLeod to post a thrilling victory over No. 22 Pepperdine. The win was the first for UT in program history over a nationally ranked team.

Individually, MacLeod garnered first-team All-MAC honors, becoming only the second player in program history to collect first-team all-league accolades on two occasions.

In the classroom, senior Ashley Ross was named to the Academic All-MAC Team. Ross earned the honor for the first time in her Rocket career.

 2012: Toledo Advances to MAC Tournament Semfinals For Seventh-Consecutive Season
Toledo tallied a 7-12-2 overall record in 2012, 5-5-1 in the Mid-American Conference. UT finished fourth in the MAC West Division and made its eighth-consecutive postseason appearance under Coach Evans.

The No. 6 seed Rockets advanced to the MAC Tournament Semifinals for an unprecented seventh-consecutive season after outlasting No. 3 seed EMU, 2-1, on penalty kicks. In the ‘Final Four’, the preseason favorite to capture the MAC’s West Division and Tournament title came up a little short against No. 2 seed and eventual NCAA Championships participant Central Michigan, 1-0. Senior Natalia Gaitàn and senior Kristen Mattei represented UT on the all-tournament team.

Individually, Gaitàn received second-team all-conference honors.

Academically, Gaitàn earned a spot on the Academic All-America® Third Team and All-District First Team, becoming the first member of the program to earn Academic All-America accolades.

In addition, five Rockets were named to the Academic All-MAC Team, finishing tied for second with Kent State for most academic recipients. UT was represented by seniors Megan Blake, Rachael Kravitz, Jaimie Morsillo, Gaitàn and Mattei.

2011: Toledo Reigns Supreme in MAC
Toledo enjoyed a magical 2011 campaign by successfully defending its MAC regular-season championship and capturing a league-record fourth tournament title. The Rockets (14-7-2, 9-1-1 MAC) finished first in the MAC regular-season standings and secured the top seed in the league tourney for the third time in the last four seasons.

Individually, sophomore Rachel MacLeod and Head Coach Brad Evans were named the MAC Offensive Player and Coach of the Year, respectively. UT also placed MacLeod as well as senior goalie Vicki Traven and junior Natalia Gaitan on the first team, while senior Kristen Lynn and freshman Alexis Tice received second-team all-league recognition.

The preseason favorite to capture the MAC's West Division and Tournament title, the Rockets opened the season with arguably their toughest non-conference schedule in school history and struggled, finishing with a 2-5-1 mark. Coach Evans and his staff experimented with different players in different positions and tried to find the right combinations, and at one point was saddled with a three-match losing streak, its longest since 2006.

All that planning and hard work paid off though when MAC play began, as Toledo found its stride and sported an eight-match unbeaten stretch (7-0-1), tied for third-longest in school history. The Rockets cruised through their MAC slate with a league-best 9-1-1 mark, second-best record in school history for a single season. The school record is a 10-1-0 ledger set in 2010, and UT has now tallied at least eight conference wins in four of the last five years.

In the league tourney, Toledo downed No. 8 seed Ohio in the quarterfinal round, 8-0, before topping No. 5 seed Buffalo, 3-1, in the semifinals. The Midnight Blue & Gold then finished off its record-setting championship run with a 1-0 victory over No. 3 seed Western Michigan in the finals, with all the post-season matches taking place at the friendly confines of Scott Park. Senior Ana Reynolds, Lynn, Gaitan and MacLeod each represented UT on the all-tournament team.

Toledo's season came to an end in the first round of the NCAA Championships against nationally ranked Marquette in overtime, 1-0.

Academically, Gaitan earned a spot on the NSCAA of America Scholar All-America Third Team, becoming the first member of the Rocket soccer program to earn Academic All-America accolades.

In addition, Lynn and sophomore Nicole Gyurgyik earned Capital One Academic All-District V accolades. Lynn was chosen as a first-team academic all-district selection and was the first Rocket to advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. Gyurgyik was a third-team academic all-district recipient, and the two selections were the most in a single season in the history of the program.

The Rockets also had eight student-athletes named to the Academic All-MAC Team. UT tied with Central Michigan for the most academic honorees and were represented by seniors Alyssa Niese, Lynn, Reynolds and Traven, juniors Megan Blake, Rachael Kravitz and Gaitàn, along with sophomore Gyurgyik.

Niese became only the second player in school history to earn academic all-league accolades on three occasions, joining former Rocket Ali Leak (2007-09).

2010: Toledo Returns to Top of MAC Mountain
Toledo sported an impressive 15-4-2 overall record in 2010, including a league-record 10-1-0 mark in the MAC. UT also tallied a school-record 11-match win streak and captured a share of its second conference regular-season championship in the last three seasons. The Rockets were ranked as high as 31st in the nation in Rating Percentage Index (RPI) and as high as fourth in the Great Lakes Region in the NSCAA rankings.

The top-seed Rockets advanced to the MAC Tournament Semifinals for the fifth-consecutive season with a home victory against eighth-seed Ohio (1-0). In the semifinals, UT was upset by fifth-seed Western Michigan (1-0).

Evans was named the 2010 MAC Coach of the Year for the first time ever, freshman Rachel MacLeod was selected MAC Freshman of the Year and five Rockets earned spots on the all-conference squad.

MacLeod was selected as the league's top newcomer and became the second Toledo student-athlete to receive the honor in the last three seasons (Vicki Traven in 2008). Senior Erin Flynn and junior Kristen Lynn each earned first-team All-MAC accolades, while senior Brittany Hensler, junior Vicki Traven and sophomore Rachael Kravitz received second-team All-MAC recognition.

In addition, sophomore Natalia Gaitàn was named to second-team All-Great Lakes Region, while Lynn was tabbed to the third team, respectively. The Rockets' duo become the fifth and sixth players in the program's history to be selected to the all-region squad.

The Rockets, picked third in the MAC West Division's preseason poll, also featured a school-record nine academic all-conference honorees, which included seniors Flynn and Hensler, juniors Lynn, Jaimie Morsillo, Alyssa Niese and Traven, along with sophomores Megan Blake, Gaitàn and Kravitz.

2009: A Season That Began with Promise & Ended with Disappointment
Toledo registered its then third-highest win total in the program's history in 2009, sporting an 11-6-4 overall ledger, 6-3-2 in the MAC. UT made its fifth-consecutive post-season appearance and advanced to the MAC Tournament Semifinals for the fourth-consecutive campaign.

In the semifinals, the Rockets battled top-seed and eventual tourney champion Central Michigan to a scoreless tie through regulation and two overtime periods, before falling 4-2 on penalty kicks, ending their three-year reign as tournament champions.

The Rockets, picked first in the MAC's preseason poll, featured a first-team All-MAC selection in senior Ali Leak, as well as five academic all-conference honorees, which included seniors Nora Jereb and Leak, junior Erin Flynn and sophomores Vicki Traven and Alyssa Niese.

2008: MAC Tourney Three Peat & Season to Remember
Evans led the Rockets to a 16-5-1 overall ledger in 2008, including an impressive 8-2-1 MAC record. The Midnight Blue & Gold set school records in wins, shutouts (12) and goals-against average (0.94) en route to its first regular-season conference title.

UT, seeded No. 1 for the league tourney, downed eighth-seed Miami (1-0) in the quarterfinals, fourth-seed Bowling Green (1-0) in the semifinals and third-seed Eastern Michigan (1-0) in the finals. Their season concluded in the first round of the NCAA Championships with a defeat against top-ranked and College Cup Finalist Notre Dame (5-2).

Under Evans' guidance, junior Molly Cornwell became only the second player in league history to repeat as MAC Player of the Year, while newcomer Vicki Traven earned MAC Freshman of the Year accolades. In addition, senior Tara Witt was a second-team all-conference selection, while newcomers Kristen Lynn and Jaimie Morsillo joined Traven on the league's All-Freshman Team.

2007: Rockets Successfully Defend MAC Tourney Title
Toledo tallied a 14-6-3 overall mark and 8-3-0 in the MAC to finish second in the 2007 regular-season standings. The Rockets set then-school records for most wins and fewest losses in a season, both overall and in MAC play. UT also established new marks with 43 goals scored.

Toledo, which was picked eighth in the MAC's preseason poll, downed seventh-seed Kent State (4-3) in the quarterfinal round of the postseason tourney. In the semifinals, Toledo battled third-seed Northern Illinois to a 0-0 double-overtime draw and advanced, 4-3, on penalty kicks. UT capped off its championship run with a double-overtime draw against fourth-seed Bowling Green (2-2), but captured the crown, 3-2, on penalty kicks in the finals. Their magical campaign came to an end in West Lafayette, IN in the first round of the NCAA Championships against "Sweet 16" participant Indiana (3-2) in double overtime.

A record three Rockets earned first-team all-league honors in 2007 - senior Suzi Siwinski, senior Pene Hughes and sophomore Molly Cornwell. Cornwell was also named the MAC Player of the Year, becoming the first Rocket ever to garner player of the year accolades.

2006: Rockets Go Dancing!!!
The Rockets were seeded fifth in the 2006 MAC Tournament, after finishing with a 5-3-2 record in regular-season play. UT downed two-time defending champion Bowling Green (3-0) in the quarterfinal round, before topping Miami (1-0) in dramatic fashion in overtime in the semifinals at the friendly confines of Scott Park. The Midnight Blue & Gold finished off its first championship in school history with a victory over Northern Illinois (2-1) in the finals in front of its home fans. Their season concluded in the first round of the NCAA Champiohships with a defeat against nationally ranked Villanova (5-1).

The 2006 Rockets featured a first-team All-MAC performer in senior Kirsty Wilson and three second-team all-league honorees in senior Jen Whipple, junior Suzi Siwinski and freshman Molly Cornwell. The four All-MAC honorees are the second most in school history, surpassed only by five selections during the 1997 campaign.

2005: Toledo Qualifies for MAC Tournament for First Time Under Evans
Toledo finished with a 10-7-2 overall mark in 2005 to equal the then-school record for wins. UT was eighth in the final league standings, 5-5-1, and battled top-seeded and eventual tournament champion Bowling Green to a scoreless tie through regulation and two overtime periods, before falling on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round.

UT ranked in the top five in the MAC in seven categories, including tied for first in shutouts (10), second in goals-against average (1.02) and third in goals scored (28) and total points (76).

Individually, the Rockets featured two first-team All-MAC performers in seniors Kelly Langenbeck and Pam Richard, and three academic all-league honorees in junior Jen Whipple, junior Nichole Williams and Langenbeck.

2004: Close But No Cigar
Toledo was good enough at times to compete against the elite teams in the MAC in 2004. Unfortunately for the Midnight Blue & Gold, many of the bright moments were overshadowed by a disappointing 7-9-3 overall record.

On an individual basis, newcomer Pene Hughes was named to the All-MAC Freshman Team.

2003: Year Filled with Peak & Valleys
The 2003 version of the Rockets was filled with peaks and valleys. Toledo fielded a young team plagued by injuries and other distractions. UT finished with an 8-11-0 overall mark, 5-7 in the MAC, and missed qualifying for the league tournament by two points.

Individually, senior Melissa Lesage received first-team All-MAC honors and newcomer Nichole Williams became Toledo's first-ever All-MAC Freshman Team selection. In addition, Lesage earned All-Ohio first-team recognition and sophomore Pam Richard garnered All-Ohio third-team honors, respectively.

2002: Continuing Rebuilding Process
UT tallied a respectable 8-8-2 overall mark in 2002 and failed to qualify for the conference tournament by a mere point.

The Rockets were explosive offensively and scored 36 goals, the second-highest total in school history.

A trio of Toledo players earned third-team All-Ohio accolades in 2002 - senior Laura Grode, junior Melissa Lesage and freshman Pam Richard. In addition, Lesage garnered Academic All-MAC recognition.

2001: Evans Assembles Young Nucleus in Quest to Join MAC Elite
In Evans' first year at the helm in 2001, he guided UT to a 6-10-1 overall record and just missed qualifying for the MAC Tournament.

The Rockets found themselves atop the league standings as late as Sept. 28. Toledo posted impressive early-season wins against MAC Tournament participants Eastern Michigan, Buffalo and tournament champion Miami. It was the first time in the program's history that Toledo was on top of the standings that late in the season.

Evans led UT to its early-season success despite a limited time to recruit and implement his style of play.

Individually, junior netminder Elise Donovan earned first-team all-league accolades.

Evans Gets Coaching Start at Division II National Power Ashland University
Evans' success of turning programs around preceded his hiring at Toledo. Prior to becoming the second head coach in the history of the Rocket program, Evans had a successful coaching stint at Ashland, a Division II school in Ashland, OH, from 1996-2000.

Evans' women's squads at Ashland compiled an impressive 38-5 record in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play and 67-26-2 overall in his five years at the helm of the Eagles. Ashland was GLIAC champion four times and made the NCAA Championships in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. The Eagles advanced to the NCAA regionals in 1999 and 2000, and made the 'Final Four' in 1998.

Evans began his coaching career at Ashland as an assistant women's soccer coach from 1994-95. In 1996, he took over the position as the head coach for both the men's and women's teams.

In Evans' third season as head coach in 1998, the Eagles finished with a 17-3-1 record and advanced to the 'Final Four' of the NCAA Championships. Evans was named Division II Regional Coach of the Year, and was a National Coach of the Year finalist. In 1999, Ashland went 16-2-0 and was ranked No. 2 in the nation in the final regular-season poll. In 2000, the Eagles were 14-3-1 and won their fourth straight league title.

Evans' Playing Days & Coaching Origin
A native of Hudson, OH, Evans played soccer at the College of Wooster, earning a bachelor's degree in 1992. He was a four-year letterman who helped lead the Scots to two NCAA Division III playoff berths. He later earned his master's degree in education from Ashland University in 1997.

After graduation, Evans began his coaching career with the Emerald Soccer Club in Hudson, OH. In that capacity he worked with Timo Liekoski, the U.S. national team assistant coach and Olympic head coach at the time. Evans also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Hudson High School.

Evans is well known throughout the state of Ohio for his innovative and successful techniques in working with youth players and is the past President of the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association.

Evans has been a member of the Region II Ohio Development Program staff since 2002, and in 2007 was head coach for the Under-15 Regional Team's European Tour, which won three of four matches, including a victory against Paris St. Germaine. He also was the 2003 Region II ODP head coach for the Under-16 Regional Team and an assistant coach for the Under-17 Regional Team.

Evans was a featured speaker at the 2002 Ohio High School Athletic Association Girls All-State Banquet and the 2003 Ohio Youth Soccer Association Annual Meeting. He was also the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association All-Star Game selection committee chair for women and the 2000-01 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coaches liaison.

In addition to holding a United States Soccer Federation "A" License, Evans also holds the prestigious National Youth Coaching License.

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Full Name:
Bradley Vaughn Evans


Jan. 16, 1970 in Akron, OH


B.A. in History, Wooster (‘92)
M.A. in Education, Ashland (‘97)

Collegiate Coaching Experience:
2001-Pres. Head Coach, University of Toledo
1996-00 Head Coach, Ashland University
1994-95 Assistant Coach, Ashland University

Playing Experience:
1988-92 The College of Wooster

Family: Wife, Kristen; Daughters, Kari (13) and Elizabeth (12)

Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Hudson, OH
High School: Hudson
Alma Mater: Wooster
Graduating Year: 1992