Staff
Head Coach
Mira Novak

Mira Novak joined the River Hawks in the summer of 2017.

A UEFA A license holder, Novak has coached at the university level in the USA, Canada and United Kingdom.

Prior to his hiring, Novak served one season as an assistant coach at Merrimack College, where he helped the Warriors to a second-round NCAA Tournament appearance, after a second-place, regular-season finish in the Northeast-10. Novak assisted with leading the squad to a the 13-4 record. Additionally, he also worked as the men's soccer team's head of match analysis at Boston University.

He also served as the associate head coach for the men's and women's soccer programs at St. Francis Xavier University. He established himself as a credible performance coach after helping to turn around the women's program and leading the men's team into the conference playoffs. Novak also received the Nova Scotia Coach of the Year award after leading the XFC senior club team to its first ever playoff appearance at the Tier 1 level.

After moving to Scotland, Novak worked for the Scottish Football Association in elite talent programs, and, as the head coach of the regional performance program, coached a number of youth national team players. He also worked as a coach educator, running coaching courses, and helped establish an innovative coach mentoring program. Mira also led the men's soccer team at the University of Stirling to a second-place finish in the highest division of university sports in Scotland.

In his playing career, Novak played at a semi-professional level in the Czech Republic, as well as successfully competing as a student-athlete at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada. During his time at St. Francis Xavier University, he led the X-Men as a co-captain to their first ever No. 1 national ranking, and earned All-Canadian and Conference Rookie of the Year honors.

Novak earned degrees in kinesiology and coaching soccer from St. Francis Xavier University (Canada) and Charles University (Czech Republic), respectively. He is a holder of the Chartered Professional Coach designation, and is currently completing his master's degree in high performance coaching and technical leadership at the University of British Columbia,

Mira currently lives in Cambridge, Mass. with his wife Tory.

Assistant Coach
Jason Braga

Jason Braga joined the River Hawks in the summer of 2017

Along with coaching with the River Hawks, Braga is the current vice president of New England Futbol Club. Jason is in charge of the operational functions, branding, and expansion of the club which has over 3,000 players.

Prior to coming to UMass Lowell, Braga served as the Director of Operations with Boston College and Assistant Womens Coach at WPI.

Braga earned his Bachelors in Accounting from Worcester State University where he played collegiately and received his Masters in Sports Science and Coaching from Ohio University. Braga currently holds is NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, and USSF C License/

Assistant Coach
Josh Schirmer

Joshua Schirmer enters his first season as an assistant coach with UMass Lowell women’s soccer in 2018.

An English FA Level 1, NSCAA Advanced National, USSF C and UEFA B license holder, Schirmer most recently coached for the Sparta Prague professional women’s team. He led the team to a Czech First Division championship, Czech Women’s Cup, and UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification as a seeded team.

Before that, Schirmer was on the women’s soccer staff at the University of North Florida, where the team’s win total increased each season after his arrival.

He has also worked at Eastern Florida State College, first serving as an assistant coach of the men’s team and later as associate head coach of the women’s team. He helped the men’s team to a fifth-place finish in the NJCAA and the women’s team to third and second-place finishes in 2014 and 2015.

The Jacksonville, Fla., native played at Tennessee Wesleyan College, graduating magna cum laude in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in business finance and an economics minor. He was a two-time NAIA Scholar All-American and a three-year member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.

After graduating, he played professionally for one season in Hong Kong and spent seven years in Japan, including with the Urawa Reds from 2009-2012.

He is currently finishing his master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of North Florida.

Assistant Coach
Andrea Morrow