Staff
Camp Director
Kathy Brawn

Kathy Brawn enters her 26th season as head coach of Colgate Women’s Soccer, having built the Raiders into one of the premier programs in the Northeast.

Brawn has guided the Raiders to 12 Patriot League championships, three ECAC championships, five NCAA tournament appearances and 278 coaching victories, all of which have come at Colgate. Her Patriot League record of 116-40-14 (.724) not only tops the all-time conference list for wins but also winning percentage for a minimum of five years in the league.

She has coached seven Patriot League Rookies of the Year, 12 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, more than 120 All-League selections, 25 NSCAA All-Region picks and one two-time All-American.

Brawn’s overall record stands at 278-168-42 (.613).

Brawn’s classroom achievements prove her value reaches far beyond wins and losses. The head coach’s emphasis on the “student” end of student-athlete is evidenced by the 133 players she has coached who have been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, including 20 during fall 2015.

In recognition of her commitment to excellence both on and off the field, Colgate has bestowed on Brawn the Howard Hartman Award as Colgate Athletics Coach of the Year in 1993, 1999, 2004 and 2009. Brawn has been named Patriot League Coach of the Year twice, winning the award in 1993 and 1994. In 1994, she was also named the Northeast Region Coach of the Year by the NSCAA and received the same honor from socccerbuzz.com a decade later in 2004.

The Raiders were unbeaten and untied in the league in the 1996 and 1997 seasons. The 1996 team, possibly Colgate’s best ever, posted a 19-2 mark and won both the Patriot League and ECAC titles in dominant fashion. The only two losses that season came at the hands of nationally-ranked Connecticut and Virginia. From 1997-99, Colgate posted a 22-2 record in the Patriot League, winning the conference title each year and advancing to the NCAA tournament.

In the 1997 NCAA tournament, the Raiders fell 4-1 to Hartford. In 1998, Colgate hosted the first NCAA tournament game played on Van Doren Field in a 4-1 loss to Syracuse. The Raiders appeared in the tournament again the following season, drawing Dartmouth in the first round. Despite the 3-0 loss to the Big Green, Colgate had become a familiar face in the national tournament picture.

In 2004, the Raiders were successful in regaining the Patriot League crown, the 10th title for Colgate. The win gave the team yet another invitation to the NCAA tournament. The Raiders upset 13th-seeded Arizona in the first round with a 1-0 shutout for the first NCAA tournament win by a Colgate women’s team and first in Patriot League history.

In 2009, Colgate returned to the Patriot League title game and earned its 11th conference tournament championship to go along with the regular season title. The win gave the Raiders their fifth bid to the NCAA tournament, where they faced No. 20 Penn State. Freshman goalkeeper Ashley Walsh earned the Patriot League’s Rookie of the Year award, marking the first major award for Colgate since Jessica Bitsack won the same honor back in 2006.

Brawn led the 2011 team to yet another Patriot League regular season title with a 4-1-2 league mark. Brawn had four players named to All-Patriot League teams, including the Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year, as well as an Academic All-Patriot League Team and an NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Second Team selection.

Brawn’s scholastic coaching career began in 1984, when she guided the junior varsity team at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School. After three seasons at Paramus Catholic, she moved on to the collegiate coaching scene as an assistant at Yale. After one season at Yale, Brawn went back to the high school ranks for a year before heading to Princeton as an assistant in 1989. She followed Princeton with a year at Cornell. Both Cornell and Princeton were ranked in the top 20 nationally during her one-year stints.

Brawn earned a USSF “A” license in 1995 and has served as an Olympic Development coach in both New York and New Jersey. She has always been committed to giving back to the soccer community, organizing camps and clinics since 1978. In 1981, Brawn founded and directed the Franklin Lakes Soccer Camps in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. At Colgate, she began the Colgate Soccer Fit Academy.

In the spring of 2000, Brawn represented Colgate as a speaker on the coaches panel as well as serving as a facilitator at the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. Brawn is extremely active in shaping the academic and athletic landscape at Colgate as well. She served on the Academic Affairs Board and was the chair of the Admissions Liaison Committee. She is also one of the founders of P.L.A.Y. (Promoting Life-long Activity for Youth) in Hamilton.

Assistant Coach
Alyssa Manoogian

Colgate head coach Kathy Brawn announced in December 2015 that Alyssa Manoogian ’13 was promoted to the women’s soccer top assistant after one season as the second assistant.

“Alyssa stepped into her coaching role this past fall and stood out as an excellent trainer, recruiter and mentor,” Brawn said. “She and I work very well together, and the players like and respect her.”

Manoogian helped coach Colgate in 2015 to its eighth consecutive Patriot League tournament appearance and 23rd overall in the league’s 25-year existence.

During her short tenure so far on the Raiders coaching staff, she has seen five student-athletes named All-Patriot League and one awarded All-Academic honors.

“As a Colgate graduate and former Raider captain, Alyssa has a deep understanding of what it takes to succeed in this setting,” Brawn added. “She is also a dedicated student of the game and brings a great energy to all that she does.

“It was a no brainer to move her into the first assistant position. Alyssa has a bright future as a collegiate coach. I am genuinely happy things fell into place and that she has chosen to remain at Colgate.”

The 2013 graduate is very familiar to the Colgate culture, having helped the Raiders win their 11th and 12th Patriot League titles during her rookie and senior campaigns, respectively.

“I am so incredibly excited and honored to be stepping into this new role on the coaching staff with the Colgate women's soccer team,” Manoogian said. “It was truly incredible to be able to work so closely with Kathy and the entire women's soccer program this past season.

“I am grateful for the support I have received from the Colgate community as a student-athlete and now as a member of the staff. I feel fortunate to be able to do the work that I love at a place that means so much to me. I am ecstatic to be able to continue learning from and coaching with Kathy; she has been an immensely impactful mentor. I am eager to begin my new role, and I am looking forward to what lies ahead in preparing for next fall.”

Prior to returning to her alma mater, Manoogian spent two seasons as an assistant women's soccer coach at Utica College. During her time there she helped with all facets of the program including day-to-day operations in the office, recruiting, scouting as well as game and practice preparation.

Manoogian helped guide four Pioneers to Empire 8 All-Conference honors, while an impressive 15 were named to the President's List during her tenure.

She graduated from Colgate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and was a four-year letter winner under Brawn.

Aside from her playing career, Manoogian is involved with Odyssey Sport Soccer Club, where she serves as a head coach and assistant coach for the U11 and U10 girls team, respectively. She was also an assistant coach for the District Select Girls' Soccer Team from 2010-2012. There, Manoogian coached and mentored 12, 13, and 14-year old girls along with winning the district championship in 2010 and 2011. She worked on teaching tactical and technical skills including trapping, passing dribbling and shooting techniques as well as providing insight on the ability to read the game and develop individual skills.

Originally from Peabody, Massachusetts, Alyssa is currently studying for her master's degree from Utica.

Assistant Coach
Jenna Gibney

Colgate head coach Kathy Brawn officially announced the addition of former Raider Jenna Gibney ’15 to the women’s soccer coaching staff in spring 2016.

“When we had an opening on our staff this past spring, I immediately thought of Jenna Gibney,” Brawn said. “Her technical and tactical excellence as a player has translated directly into her ability to coach. Jenna is an outstanding person. We are fortunate to have her back at Colgate.”

Gibney was limited by injuries to just 17 games combined over her final two seasons but played 54 career games for the Raiders, including 23 starts. The defender posted two career goals and two assists, and was a key member of Colgate’s 2012 Patriot League championship squad.

The Wayne, New Jersey, native planned to play professionally after her Colgate graduation but never could fully recover from her collegiate injuries.

“When I got the call from Kathy about a position here, it was a no-brainer,” Gibney said. “I was super excited and totally on-board for coming back.

“It’s been great to see the other side of things. As a player, I had a really great relationship with Kathy. And now that I have more of a colleague-relationship with her, it’s really awesome to have her support and her guidance.”