Staff
Head Coach
Brandon Heembrock

Brandon Heembrock enters his third season as Head Women's Soccer Coach at Fairmont State. Heembrock took over the program in January 2017.

Fairmont State soccer finished the 2018 season with a 8-6-4 overall record and its first Conference Playoff appearance after recording just four wins in the first two seasons as an NCAA Division II program in 2015 and 2016. During the 2017 season, the Falcons recorded a 5-7-6 record with 14 of 18 games were decided by a single goal or less.

Following the 2018 season, three Fairmont State players earned All-Mountain East Conference honors, one honorable mention and three Freshman were named to the All-Freshman Mountain East Conference team, the most of any MEC program.

Heembrock took over the Falcon soccer program after spending the previous five seasons at Francis Marion University, most recently as the assistant men’s soccer coach.

“It is a privilege to welcome Brandon to Fairmont State to lead our women’s soccer program,” said McNeely. “Brandon’s vision for the FSU women’s soccer program and his success as a player and coach stood out to our entire committee during the interview process and we look forward to seeing Brandon’s immediate impact on the program.”

Over four seasons as the assistant men’s soccer coach at FMU, the Patriots have compiled a record of 41-22-9. FMU has also finished with double-digit wins in three of the last four years and have advanced to the Peach Belt Conference semifinals three times.

Heembrock helped develop seven all-conference selections and three all-region standouts during his time with the Patriots and coached the first Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year in program history.

“I would like to thank Mr. McNeely and the entire selection committee for their time and efforts during the selection process and I am excited to get to Fairmont and put my stamp on the FSU women’s soccer program,” said Heembrock. “Seeing the recent success of other athletic programs at Fairmont State, I look forward to having that same kind of success with the women’s soccer program.”

In 2014, Francis Marion recorded a record of 12-4-2 and appeared in the NCAA Division II National Rankings during the regular season. The Patriots narrowly missed a bid to the NCAA tournament during that season. The previous season in 2013, the Patriots made a run to the Peach Belt Conference Championship Match, finishing the year with a 10-5-4 record.

Prior to joining the men’s program at FMU, Heembrock spent one season as an assistant for the Patriot women’s program. During that season, Heembrook helped lead the program to its best finish in five season, going a perfect 6-0 in home matches.

Heembrock is a product of Dominican College in Orangeburg, N.Y., where he was a standout goalkeeper for FMU men's coach John Campbell. A four-time All-Conference selection and a two-time All-Region honoree, Heembrock concluded his collegiate career with 405 saves, a 0.91 goals against average, and 24 shutouts in 73 appearances.

As a junior, he led NCAA Division II with a 0.874 save percentage, one of three seasons he ranked among the Top 5 in the nation. He also finished each of his last three seasons ranked fifth or higher in total saves.

He served for three years on the college's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and in 2011 was named Dominican's Top Senior Male Scholar-Athlete.

Heembrock graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Dominican College. He continued his education at Francis Marion University, receiving a Master’s in Education in December 2016.

Heembrock continued his playing career as a member of the Ottawa Fury and the Toronto Lynx of the PDL, as well as with the Calgary Callies of the Alberta Major Soccer League.

Heembrock also spent three seasons as a coach for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in South Carolina, including serving as a head coach for the last two seasons in the 2002 age group. As an ODP head coach, Heembrock helped 14 players advance into the regional pool and four players were selected to the national pool.

Heembrock also received an advanced national coaching license from the NSCAA.

Assistant Coach
Abbey Lindblad

Abbey Lindblad enters her first season as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Fairmont State, after serving as a graduate assistant women’s soccer coach at Tiffin for the previous two seasons.

From Canada, she graduated with honors in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Exercise Science from West Virginia Wesleyan College. As a standout on the West Virginia Wesleyan soccer team, Lindblad started at center midfield for four years and earned first team All-Conference and second team All-Region accolades following her junior and senior seasons. As a senior, Lindblad also earned MEC All-Tournament Team honors and was named to the All-East Scholar Team as a third team selections.

While at Tiffin, Lindblad earned her Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Management.

Assistant Coach
Cristian Materazzi

Cristian Materazzi enters his first season as the Fairmont State Women's Assistant Coach. Cristian's first season on staff saw the most successful season in program history as the team finished with the most wins, points, goals scored and least amount of goals conceded in program history.

Cristian is also entering his second season as a volunteer assistant with the West Virginia University women’s soccer team. He serves as WVU’s goalkeeper coach, while assisting with the team’s daily training sessions and game preparations.

In 2017, the WVU goalkeeping unit posted 13 shutouts, 12 credited to sophomore Rylee Foster, and ranked No. 20 nationally with a 0.565 shutout percentage. The unit also ranked No. 25 nationally with a 0.670 goals-against average (GAA). The Mountaineers finished the season at 16-4-3.

The Mountaineers’ starting goalkeeper for all 23 matches in 2017, Foster finished the season ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference with a 0.64 GAA. At season’s end, she ranked No. 5 among active Division I players with a 0.55 career GAA and No. 30 with 20 career shutouts. Foster was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-South Region First Team, her second career all-region accolade and first career first-team award, and also was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team for the second straight year.

Materazzi also spent four seasons as head coach at Alderson Broaddus. The second coach in program history, he led the Battlers to a 3-12-2 showing in 2017. In 2016, the squad finished 6-9-2, and three athletes were named to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) All-Conference team.

The squad went 7-12 in 2015 en route to its second straight appearance in the G-MAC Women’s Soccer Championship.

In his first season as head coach, Materazzi led the team to the semifinals of the G-MAC Championship following a 2-0, opening-round win over Davis & Elkins. The Battlers finished 6-12-1, and forward Lauren Small was named the G-MAC Freshman of the Year and ECAC Rookie of the Year.

Prior to his elevation as head coach, Materazzi previously served two separate stints as an assistant coach with the Battlers, first from 2009-10 and then from 2012-13. During this time, he helped goalkeeper Katie Laird earn the 2011 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Player of the Year honor, as well as three all-region recognitions. She finished her career at AB with 38 career shutouts, a mark which ranks seventh all-time in NCAA Division II. Additionally, he helped the Battlers win the 2012 WVIAC regular-season championship.

In 2011, Materazzi served as the first assistant coach for men’s soccer at Stetson, where he helped the Hatters to a 10-5-4 record en route to an appearance in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

During his first stint at AB, Materazzi also served as a volunteer assistant at WVU in 2010. The Mountaineers went 18-5-1 that season and claimed the Big East Conference Championship title. Goalkeeper Kerri Butler finished the year with 14 shutouts, the best season total in program history, and posted a 0.82 goals-against average.

Prior to his time at AB, Materazzi spent five years as an assistant with the Cal State University Monterery Bay men’s and women’s soccer programs.

A three-year varsity letter winner at CSUMB as a goalkeeper, he played professionally in 2003 with California Gold, a United Soccer League PSL team. He also spent the 2004 season with Club America, a Mexican Primera Division team, on a trial basis.

Materazzi holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

Materazzi resides in Morgantown with his wife, Courtney, and their son, Dominic James.