Mercer University

Mercer Athletics
1400 Coleman Ave Macon, GA 31207
Division 1 Georgia Southeast
Private Small National competitor

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Brad Ruzzo

Hired at Mercer: June 24, 2008


Ruzzo at a Glance:


2014 Southern Conference Coach of the Year


2014 College Sports Madness SoCon Coach of the Year


2012 Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year


Two-time MVC Coaching Staff of the Year (2006, 2007)


2003 College Soccer News – One of the nation’s top assistants


USSF “A” License


Collegiate Coaching Experience:


2008-Present – Mercer University


Head Coach


2000-07 – Bradley University


Associate Head Coach


1999-00 – Xavier University


Assistant Coach


Coaching Accolades at Mercer:


82-77-18 overall record


20-8-2 in SoCon regular season play


3-1-2 in SoCon Tournament play


2014 SoCon Coach of the Year (named by both SoCon & College Sports Madness)


2012 Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year


2016 NCAA Tournament appearance


2016 SoCon Tournament Championship


2014 SoCon Regular Season Championship


Four conference championship appearances (ASUN: 2009, 2012; SoCon: 2014, 2016)


Mercer ranks No. 30 out of all NCAA Division I institutions based on wins since 2010


Mercer ranks No. 14 out of all private NCAA Division I institutions based on wins since 2010


Set program-record of 14 wins en route to winning 2014 SoCon regular season championship in Mercer’s first season in the league


Received votes by NSCAA for National Ranking in 2014 and 2016


Average RPI of 66 from 2014-16


Mentored 47 All-Conference players (19 All-Conference First Team selections), 11 NSCAA All-Region selections & one NSCAA All-American


Earned eight consecutive NSCAA Team Academic awards


Two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, three Atlantic Sun Scholar Athletes of the Year, seven NSCAA All-Region Scholar Athlete selections


Ashani Samuels named to 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team


Will Betts named to 2012 Capital One Academic All-America First Team


Guided 2016 NSCAA All-American, SoCon Player of the Year and MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist Will Bagrou


Bagrou enters his senior season (2017) as SoCon’s active leader in points (63) and goals (25)


Bagrou is a three-time All-SoCon First Team selection & former SoCon Freshman of the Year


Mentored 2014 SoCon Goalkeeper of the Year and current Louisville City FC starter Greg Ranjitsingh


Guided 2012 A-Sun Defender of the Year Josh Shutter


Other Coaching Experience:


2008-Present – Mercer Boys Soccer Academy


Founder & Director


2011-13 – Olympic Development Program


Georgia state head coach


2010 – Olympic Development Program


Region III Staff Member


2000-07 – Central Illinois Soccer Academy


Co-Director


Past Coaching Accolades:


Bradley University


Named one of the “Top Division I Assistant Coaches” by College Soccer News (2003)


The Braves posted an overall record of 101-53-23 (.636) during Ruzzo’s tenure


2007 NCAA Tournament Elite 8 appearance


Four NCAA Tournament appearances (2000, 2002, 2005, 2007)


2007 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament Championship


Three consecutive MVC Regular Season Championships (2005, 2006, 2007)


Two consecutive MVC Coaching Staff of the Year honors (2006, 2007)


Ranked as highly as No. 8 in the national Top 25 poll (2007)


Ascended to No. 1 in the NSCAA Midwest Regional Rankings (2007)


Helped program to eight of its 10 winningest seasons all-time


Set program record for single-season wins (16) in 2007


Mentored six All-Americans, five MLS players, six MLS Super Draft selections, three A-League players, 38 All-MVC selections, one MVC Player of the Year, two MVC Defensive Players of the Year & two MVC Freshmen of the Year


Guided four Academic All-Americans, 11 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA District V & NSCAA All-Region scholar-athletes & 26 MVC scholar-athletes


Helped seal two Top 15 recruiting classes by College Soccer News (2001, 2002)


Served as the Chair of the NSCAA Midwest All-Region/All-America selections committee


Xavier University


Served as staff’s No. 1 assistant


Assisted in the growth of three Holland Amateur League & United States A-League players


Was responsible for developing & scheduling training sessions in conjunction with head coach; maintained off-season training & conditioning program


Was involved with recruiting, scouting, planning of team travel, budgeting, academic monitoring, among other administrative duties


Central Illinois Soccer Academy (CISA)


Responsible for development and training of advanced players ages 17-23


Oversaw 10 tournament championships with an overall 102-45-30 record


Program was designed to meet the needs of advanced senior-aged players, allowing them to continue training, developing and competing in a highly competitive, collegiate atmosphere


Mercer Bears in the Pros:


Active Players:


Greg Ranjitsingh – Louisville City FC (USFL)


Former Professional Players:


Carl-Oscar Andersson – New York Cosmos (NASL), Falkenbergs FF (SPDA)


National Team Participation:


Ian Cameron – U-16, U-17, U-18 Scotland National Team


Richie Edmonson – U-20 Jamaican National Team


Arkenson Neckles – Grenada Men’s National Team


Ashani Samuels – U-20 Jamaican National Team


Ehjayson Henry – U-20 Saint Kitts National Team


Greg Ranjitsingh – Senior & U-20 Trinidad & Tobago National Team


Coaching Certifications & Memberships:


United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National “A” License


National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Member


U.S. Soccer Member


Education:


University of Cincinnati, 1999 (B.A., Economics)


Collegiate Playing Experience:


1995-98 – University of Cincinnati


Started 77 career matches


1998 All-Conference USA Second Team selection


1998 Team Captain


1998 NCAA Tournament appearance (first in program history)


1997 Team MVP

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Jarred Brookins

Hired at Mercer: 2018


Coaching Experience:


2015-18 – Vestavia Hills Soccer Club


Director of College Recruitment and Boy’s U18- U19 Coach


2013-15 – Vestavia Hills Soccer Club


Boy’s Staff Coach


2012-13 – Vestavia Hills High School


Varsity Assistant Coach


Vestavia Hills won its first state title since 1995, finishing 29-1-1 overall


Still holds Alabama state records from that season, including most shutouts (24), most consecutive shutouts (9) and fewest goals allowed in a season (7)


Education:


Birmingham-Southern College, 2013 (Bachelor of Science in Biology)

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