Erin Brunelle was named Biola Women's Soccer's sixth head coach in the summer of 2015. She enters her third season at the helm in the 2017 season. Prior to becoming the head coach she served as an assistant soccer coach at Biola since 2009. She came to Biola and continued a tradition that was started by her mother, Judy, who graduated as an Eagle in 1967.
2016 was a continuation of the upward swing of the Biola Women's Soccer program under the guidance of Brunelle. She led the team to an undefeated regular season 14-0-2 and a spot in the GSAC Tournament finals for a second year in a row.
The Eagles were selected as a NAIA National Tournament Opening Round host for the first time in program history as they made it into the national tournament field for the second consecutive season.
Brunelle was rewarded for her efforts with a second-consecutive Golde State Athletic Coach of the Year award and five of her players earned all-conference honors that year, with Madyson Brown and Cat Newberry also earning NAIA All-American honors.
Her first season at the helm of this Biola Women's Soccer program was the most successful season the program experienced in over a decade. The Eagles won the Golden State Athletic Conference regular season championship and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament for the first time since 2004.
Her effort that year was recognized by the conference with the 2015 GSAC Coach of the Year award. She also coached five players to All-GSAC honors and two more to NAIA All-American recognition, including NAIA All-American first team honors for freshman Madyson Brown.
Brunelle is a long-time coach who has a playing history in high school soccer, volleyball and softball and was a collegiate soccer player at Colorado Christian University. She is littered all over the record books at CCU and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2008.
Brunelle's time at CCU saw her achieve recognition as a two-time team captain, four-time all-conference first team athlete and 2001 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year. In addition to that, she was a two-time NSCAA/NCAA All-Midwest Region selection, CCU Athletics Senior Award winner, 1998 RMAC Freshman of the Year and a 2001 member of the conference's All-Academic team.
She graduated from Colorado Christian in 2002 with a B.S. in Mathematics and an E.M. in Biblical Studies.
Following her time there she spent eight years playing in various professional, semi-pro and amateur soccer leagues, including time on the Addis Eagles, a professional team based in Ethiopia. She also served as an assistant coach at Rio Hondo Community College, Monte Vista Christian School, Stevenson High School and CSU Monterey Bay before beginning her journey at Biola.
She helped lead Rio Hondo to a conference championship in 2006 and helped Monte Vista to the 2007-08 Monterey Bay League Co-Championship.
While she is not spending her time coaching, she enjoys exercising, cooking and reading. She makes her home in La Mirada, California.
She has this to say about her experience at Biola:
"I am honored to be a part of the community of Biola Women's Soccer. I enjoy the challenge of continuing the legacy of a program that glorifies Christ on and off the field. It is a legacy that existed long before I came to Biola. I am encouraged by the coaching staff and the players who strive to be more than just a soccer team competing to win and develop athletically. We are a family living out our faith together in hope of pointing others to Christ."