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Steve Brdarski will enter his eighth season at the helm of the St. Bonaventure University women's soccer team in 2020. Since starting in 2013, Brdarski has infused the program with his passion and enthusiasm for the game and the experience of being a student-athlete.
Throughout his tenure with the program, Brdarski's Bonnies have enjoyed accolades on the field and in the classroom. That continued following the 2016 season when freshman Sabrina Sousa-Sampson was tabbed to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team while Jennifer Morris and Gretta LaCouture were each named to the A-10 All-Academic Team. Following the 2017 season, Sydney Cassagnol was named Academic All-Region and LaCouture earned a second consecutive selection to the A-10 All-Academic Team. Once again, the Bonnies were recognized by the NCAA Academic Progess Report (APR) for their academic success. In 2018, LaCouture was again named Academic All-Region. The Bonnies have been honored by the United States Soccer Coaches Association for academic success in 12 straight seasons as of 2018.
The Bonnies finished 6-11-2 in the 2015 season, but it was a year of near-misses as Bona suffered six setbacks by just one goal. Senior Abby Maiello ranked fifth in the Atlantic 10 in points and was also selected to the A-10 All-Academic Team. Away from the field, the Bonnies again excelled in the classroom, compiling a perfect NCAA APR score for the third straight year while posting a 3.342 team cumulative GPA.
His first season, 2013, was without any question a success. The Bonnies won their final four Atlantic 10 Conference games to earn a spot in the A-10 Championship tournament for the sixth year in a row. There, St. Bonaventure defeated George Mason 1-0 to reach the semifinals, where it lost a hard-fought decision to Dayton.
Brdarski brought a wealth of experience to SBU, having served in various coaching roles at the college, professional and national soccer levels. Most recently, he had held the title of Associate Head Coach at Longwood University since 2008 and was an assistant coach at the Virginia-based school since 2004.
Before his stint at Longwood, Brdarski was the men’s head coach and a women’s assistant coach at his alma mater, Pfeiffer University in North Carolina.
Outside of the college ranks, Brdarski was named head coach of the Haitian U20 Women’s Team in 2012, and he is also an assistant coach for Haiti’s Women’s National Team. Additionally, the Copley, Ohio, native was an assistant coach and director of scouting for FC Indiana of the Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPSL) from 2005-09.
Success has followed Brdarski at each of his coaching stops. The Longwood women’s team achieved a winning record in six of the last seven seasons with Brdarski on staff, and averaged 10 wins per season during that time. This past year – its first season in the Big South Conference – Longwood produced a program record for victories (13), highest RPI (120) and tied for second in the league standings.
With the help of Brdarski, FC Indiana became the first team to win WSPL and U.S. Open cup championships in the same year, and the first expansion club to capture the league title. Brdarski also assisted with the individual development of 41 professional players – including 14 World Cup and Olympic Games participants and 21 National Team members – during his time in Indiana.
As the men’s head coach at Pfeiffer from 2001-03, Brdarski improved the team’s record from 3-12-1 in his first season to 8-7-2 the following year. While a women’s assistant at Pfeiffer from 1999-2001 – the 1999 season being Brdarski’s junior year – the team posted a program record for wins in a season, earned its first conference championship and achieved its best ever NSCAA National Top 25 national and regional ranking.
As a three-year letterwinner for the Pfeiffer men’s soccer team, Brdarski started 42 consecutive games and helped lead Pfeiffer to a conference title in 1997. He did not play soccer his senior season to focus on coaching, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 2001.
Brdarski has also been active on committees, having served on the 2003 NSCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Committee and 2002 NCAA “Yes” Clinic. He is currently a board member for Habitat for Humanity.
In 2019, Brdarski became a St. Bonaventure alum when he earned his master's degree in strategic leadership.