Mercer University

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


Email coach

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


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


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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Email coach

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)


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

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