Zac Brown enters his second season as the volunteer assistant coach for the Hoosiers in 2018. As part of his duties with the Hoosiers, Brown will coach the team’s goalkeepers.
Brown had an immediate impact for the Hoosiers in 2017, helping true freshman goalkeeper Trey Muse post one of the greatest seasons in NCAA history. Muse led the NCAA in shutouts (18), goals-against average (.260), save percentage (0.903) and goalie minutes played (2416:18). Muse’s 18 shutouts match the NCAA and Indiana single-season record and also sets the Big Ten mark.
The freshman’s GAA tied for the fourth-best in NCAA history and set the Big Ten record, while his save percentage tied for the 16th best all-time. Muse’s seven goals allowed in 2017 tied the Big Ten record for fewest scores allowed.
In 2017, the Hoosiers reached the College Cup Final, falling in double overtime to Stanford. Indiana was unbeaten in the team’s first 24 matches and posted an overall record of 18-1-6 on the year, finishing the year ranked No. 2 in the nation. Brown and the rest of the IU coaches were named the Men’s Midwest Region Staff of the Year (SOY) for Division I Institutions by the United Soccer Coaches.
“We are excited to have Zac join our soccer program,” coach Yeagley remarked at the time of Brown’s hiring. “Zac has gained valuable experience over the past few years working at various levels and most recently as an assistant/goalkeeper coach with Northern Illinois. His passion and work rate will be a valuable asset to our soccer program. One of Zac’s primary coaching roles will be training and developing our goalies. Zac will be an excellent addition to our IU Soccer family.”
Brown comes to Indiana from Northern Illinois, where he served as an assistant coach for the 2016 season with the Huskies.
“I want to thank coach Yeagley, coach Maisonneuve and coach Robson for giving me the opportunity to join the Hoosier Soccer family,” Brown said. “It is an honor to join a program with such a storied history and tradition. I am excited to hit the ground running and contribute towards the continued success of Indiana Soccer this season.”
Prior to NIU, Brown coached at Lake Forest College, where he worked with the women’s soccer program during the 2015 season. Brown helped the Foresters record a 14-3-2 record, including a 9-0-1 mark in the Midwest Conference en route to a league championship. In 2015, the Lake Forest goalkeepers combined to record seven shutouts.
In addition to his time at Lake Forest, Brown worked with the Illinois Olympic Development Program (ODP), U.S. Soccer Training Centers and Big Cat Goalkeeping, while he also served as Director of Coaching for Northern Illinois FC.
Brown played collegiately at the University of Richmond and Loyola University (Chicago). Brown also trained with the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL and played for the Railhawks U23 Development Team.
A native of St. Paul, Minn., Brown earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in political science from Loyola in 2014 and his master’s degree in political science from Loyola in 2015. Brown holds a United States Soccer Federation “D” Coaching License.