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MERCED, Calif. – David Dunham, director of recreation and athletics announced Monday that effective immediately Hannah Brown has been named the second head women's soccer coach in UC Merced history. Brown moves into this role after serving as the lead assistant for the program for the past five years.
"We are excited to have Hannah step into the head coach role, said David Dunham. "Hannah has been part of the coaching staff since the program's inception and will provide continuity for the student athletes and the program. We are looking forward to continuing the success our women's soccer program has been known for."
During the past five years, Brown was a part of a coaching staff at UC Merced which complied a 48-24-10 overall record. A team known by their opponents as difficult to beat at home and for their defensive prowess they compiled an impressive 21-2-5 home record in the last three years and has consistently been ranked among the nation's best in numerous defensive categories. The program also reached the highest national ranking for any UC Merced program to date in 2015 as they were ranked 21st in the NAIA Coaches Poll.
"Hannah has a great relationship with the current student athletes and an understanding of what it takes to continue to build success with the women's soccer program as well as at UC Merced, Dunham mentioned. "She has shown a great success within a multitude of positions within our department with the ability to take on new challenges."
Beyond the women's soccer program, Brown was among one of the early faces to a young department at UC Merced back in 2011. She began her UC Merced journey as a graduate intern in game operations while she was pursuing her Master's Degree in Sports Administration from California State University, Fresno. She was later hired as the events coordinator in 2012 and later promoted to assistant director of operations, a position she currently retains.
"First off, I would like to thank David Dunham for this opportunity to continue my professional journey here at UC Merced, said Hannah Brown. "I would also like to thank Megan Atoigue for the time and opportunities we shared over the past five years as she allowed me to help her build the program to what it is now."
Brown, a native of Massillon, Ohio, attributes much of her knowledge and passion for the game of soccer to her experience at Jackson High School, where she earned All-League, County and District honors in 2003-07.
After high school, Brown attended Ashland University (NCAA, DII) in Ohio (2007-09), where she was a staple to the defensive line. During her time at Ashland, she was named to the All-Academic GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) Team in 2008. Upon transferring to The University of Akron (2009-11) she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management while coaching at her alma mater, Jackson High School for both the varsity and junior varsity squads.
In 2013 Brown completed her Masters of Arts Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Administration from Fresno State.
"I'm extremely excited to lead this team and keep on the traditions that Megan has built over the last five seasons here, and to be able to put my own mark on the program," mentioned Brown. The Bobcats with Brown at the helm will take to the pitch in the fall with many new faces (including her own) after graduating nine seniors off the 2016 roster which went 12-3-3.
"I am very passionate about this team and am ready to get to work."