|2017||17-2-3||.841||NCAA D-II Quarterfinalist|
|2016||19-3||.864||NCAA D-II Third Round|
|2015||15-6-1||.705||NCAA D-II First Round|
|2014||9-6-3||.583||CCAA First Round|
|2012||17-3-4||.792||NCAA D-II National Runners-Up|
|2011||13-3-4||.750||NCAA D-II Regional Qualifiers|
|2010||19-3-3||.820||NCAA D-II National Runners-Up|
|2009||15-5-2||.727||NCAA D-II Regional Qualifiers|
|2008||15-4-4||.739||NCAA D-II Regional Qualifiers|
|2007||12-4-2||.722||NCAA D-II Regional Qualifiers|
|2006||20-2-2||.875||NCAA D-II Quarterfinalist|
|2005||18-4-0||.818||NCAA D-II Regional Qualifiers|
|2003||18-3-1||.841||NCAA D-II Semifinalists|
|2002||15-3-1||.816||NCAA D-II Regional Qualifiers|
|2001||21-1-0||.955||NCAA D-II National Champions|
|2000||21-2-0||.913||NCAA D-II National Champions|
|1999||19-1-2||.909||NCAA D-III National Champions|
|1998||12-3-1||.781||NCAA D-III Regional Qualifiers|
|1997||20-2-0||.909||NCAA D-III National Champions|
|1996||21-1-0||.955||NCAA D-III National Champions|
|1995||19-2-0||.904||NCAA D-III National Champions|
|1994||14-1-3||.861||NCAA D-III National Runners-Up|
|1993||17-1-1||.921||NCAA D-III National Semifinalists|
|1992||12-2-3||.794||NCAA D-III National Semifinalists|
|1991||15-2-2||.842||NCAA D-III National Semifinalists|
|1990||14-3-1||.806||NCAA D-III Regional Qualifiers|
|1989||19-1-1||.929||NCAA D-III National Champions|
|1988||20-1-2||.913||NCAA D-III National Runners-Up|
|1987||14-5-2||.714||NCAA D-III Regional Qualifiers|
|Total||501-90-54||.819||Seven NCAA Championships|
Brian McManus completed his 31st season in charge of the University of California San Diego women's soccer program in 2017. With a career record of 501-90-54, he finished the 2017 campaign with the most wins in NCAA Division II women's soccer history. What began as a three-month interim appointment back in 1987, turned into a three-decade legacy of success.
McManus had compiled the seventh-highest win percentage in NCAA women's soccer history at .819 through 2017. He was fifth among all divisions in wins, and fourth in all-time win percentage in Division II history.
At the conclusion of a 2-1 overtime triumph over Western Washington in an NCAA Division II Championship national quarterfinal in Denver, Colo., on Nov. 16, 2012, McManus attained career victory No. 433, passing Gabe Mejail of Merrimack College (MA) for sole possession of the No. 1 spot all-time among coaches with at least 10 seasons at a Division II school. Through 2017, McManus had 21 more wins than Mejail.
A Legendary Career
McManus directed UC San Diego to seven national championships, with five at the NCAA Division III level and two more Division II crowns. The Tritons advanced to the national semifinals an incredible 15 times in his 31 years. Under his guidance, UC San Diego qualified for the NCAA postseason in all 13 seasons during the Division III days and all but three (2004, 2013, 2014) of 18 years after the move up to Division II, including eight in succession prior to 2013.
McManus' teams went 36-7-2 (.822) in the NCAA Division III Championship between 1987-99 with two runner-up and three third-place finishes alongside five titles, and were 26-11-4 (.683) with two crowns, two runner-up and one third-place effort in 15 Division II installments. The 26 wins were tied through 2017 with Metro State for No. 3 in the Division II tournament behind five-time champions Franklin Pierce (42) and Grand Valley State (42).
A three-time Division III Coach of the Year in 1994, 1995 and 1999, McManus was the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Coach of the Year in 2001 and the NSCAA Division II West Region Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2011. He led the NSCAA Division II West Region Staff of the Year under the award's new format in 2016, and also received UC San Diego's Excellence in Coaching Award a total of four times, for 1995-96, 1997-98, 2000-01 and 2012-13.
Through 18 years of Division II and California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) competition, McManus' Tritons won the CCAA South Division 11 times (out of 14, with divisional format ending after 2013) and the CCAA Tournament on a record 11 occasions, finally as the back-to-back-to-back champs in 2015, 2016 and 2017. His sides were perfect in CCAA finals, advancing to 11 of them and going 10-0-1 with 11 banners. UC San Diego managed to do something in 2016 that the storied program had never done before, and that was to complete an unbeaten and untied CCAA slate at 12-0 in cruising to a first regular-season crown in three years under the new system. It was the first such occurrence since Sonoma State (14-0) in 1998. The Tritons followed that performance up with another undefeated league mark of 10-0-1 in 2017 for the regular-season repeat. McManus earned CCAA Coach of the Year distinction seven times, more than any other, in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2016 and 2017.
Over the duration of his career, McManus posted a remarkable 186-42-24 CCAA record, for a winning percentage of .786. He coached 41 Tritons to All-America status or All-America honorable mention, and seven Academic All-Americans. McManus oversaw 94 All-CCAA first- or second-team selections and 17 All-CCAA honorable mentions, with six CCAA Player of the Year, six CCAA Defensive Player of the Year, six CCAA Freshman of the Year and two CCAA Newcomer of the Year awards going to his players. In addition, UC San Diego picked up the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award on seven occasions (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), as well as a 2017 United Soccer Coaches Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award.
Division II Days
In 2017, UC San Diego went 17-2-3 overall and managed to navigate through the CCAA grind without a loss (10-0-1) for the second year running. The Tritons were 13-0-1 at home, the lone tie (1-1) in the national quarterfinals against UC-Colorado Springs, as the Mountain Lions advanced via penalty-kick tiebreaker. That was after a thrilling 2-0 shutout of then-defending national champion and rival Western Washington in the West Region final in front of 558 home fans, the goals coming through spectacular individual efforts late in each half by forwards Megumi Barber and Mary Reilly. The result meant the program's first three-trophy treble since 2001. Natalie Saddic was the CCAA Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous All-American. Nine Tritons garnered All-CCAA accolades.
The perfect 2016 CCAA campaign was punctuated by a come-from-behind, 2-1 triumph at Cal Poly Pomona on the final matchday, as McManus' Tritons overturned a 1-0 halftime deficit, which marked the only time they trailed throughout their 12 league contests while outscoring foes 35-2. UC San Diego then got an 89th-minute Reilly goal to knock off host Stanislaus State, 1-0, in the CCAA semifinals en route to completing its conference double. From a 19-3 overall record, two defeats came by one goal apiece at the hands of eventual national champion Western Washington, the latter 2-1 in overtime in the West Region final in Golden, Colo. Remarkably, for the first time in program history and as the first known instance in CCAA annals, all 11 of McManus' starters were recognized in some fashion with league postseason distinction, including Offensive Player of the Year Katie O'Laughlin and Defensive Player of the Year Meghan Berry. Seven of those Tritons went on to some form of All-America honors, with O'Laughlin also the Division II Conference Commissioners Association West Region Player of the Year.
The 2015 season saw a welcome end to a first-ever two-year hiatus from the NCAA Championship under McManus, his Tritons turning a No. 4 seed for the CCAA Tournament into a ninth banner and subsequent automatic berth. They outscored their three tourney opponents, 10-3. UCSD had been picked to finish seventh in the preseason coaches' poll. Entering the NCAA tournament a winner of six straight and eight of nine, it wound up 15-6-1 following a 2-1 defeat to Seattle Pacific in a driving rainstorm in Bellingham, Wash.
The 2014 squad went 5-0-1 down the stretch, with four of those matches away from home and just a single goal allowed, to snatch an improbable return trip to the CCAA Tournament after a lone absence from the event in 2013, out of UCSD's 17 seasons as a league member.
The Tritons reeled off seven straight victories to begin 2012, outscoring teams 19-3 in the process. In a nailbiting year that ultimately saw UCSD play a program-record 10 overtime matches, going 5-1-4 in such contests, a group of 10 seniors led the squad back atop the CCAA, earning its first league title since 2008 after outlasting No. 7 Sonoma State on penalty kicks in the CCAA Championship final in Carson. UCSD navigated its way through three rounds of the NCAA Championship before avenging its 2010 title-match loss to Grand Valley State, taking a 2-1 decision in the national semifinals in Evans, Ga., behind second-half strikes by McManus' then-sophomore tandem of Cassie Callahan and Izzy Pozurama. A 77th-minute goal enabled No. 2 West Florida to edge the Tritons for its first national crown. UCSD was left with a 17-3-4 overall mark and a second West Region trophy and national runner-up placement in three years.
UCSD went undefeated during its first 12 games (8-0-4) of 2011, its longest such streak since 1994. The Tritons went on to capture their 10th CCAA South title with a 12-1-3 conference record. McManus earned CCAA Coach of the Year for the fifth time and West Region Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Ranked No. 1 in the West for the NCAA tournament, the Tritons were downed by Chico State 1-0 in the second round. UCSD finished the year ranked 19th in the nation with a 13-3-4 overall mark. The team earned the NSCAA All-Academic award with a 3.22 GPA.
McManus led the 2010 UCSD squad to its most wins since 2006 (19-3-3) and first national championship match since 2001, advancing to the NCAA semifinals with upset wins over No. 9 Seattle Pacific and No. 8 St. Edward's. The Tritons knocked off undefeated No. 1 Saint Rose in the national semifinals before falling to No. 5 Grand Valley State in the national championship match. The Tritons did not lose a match between Sept. 19 and Nov. 5, and they rattled off 10 consecutive victories through October. After directing his 14th UCSD team to a semifinal appearance, McManus was named West Region Coach of the Year. In addition, the NCAA honored McManus as coach of the Division III Women's Soccer 25th Anniversary Team. He compiled a 216-25-18 record in 13 seasons at the D-III level while winning five national championships.
The 2009 Tritons advanced to the West Region championship for the first time since 2006 and finished with a 15-5-2 record. Through the campaign, the Tritons played freshmen and sophomores at 10 of the 11 starting spots. Although UCSD ultimately fell in penalty kicks to Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Tritons were able to host the first, second, third and quarterfinal rounds of the NCAA postseason.
During 2008, the Tritons earned an automatic berth into the NCAA postseason after winning the CCAA Championship on their home field. With a loss in the second round of the West Regional against fourth-ranked Seattle Pacific, UCSD ended its season at 15-4-4.
In 2007, the Tritons won their eighth straight CCAA South Division title with a 9-2-2 league mark, earning another berth into the NCAA tournament.
The 2006 campaign, during which McManus was named CCAA Coach of the Year, witnessed the Tritons repeat as conference champions after UCSD posted a 13-1-2 mark during league play, winning its seventh straight CCAA South Division title.
McManus guided his squad to another CCAA crown in 2005 with a 4-3 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills on Nov. 6. The team boasted the CCAA Player of the Year and an All-American in Megan Dickey, along with five All-CCAA and three more All-Far West Region honorees. In 2004, his team won its fifth straight CCAA South Division title before falling in the semifinals of the CCAA Championship, while in 2003, he guided the Tritons to a fourth successive CCAA title.
After consecutive national titles in UCSD's first two years at the Division II level, McManus led his squad to a third straight conference crown and an appearance in the Division II Far West Region final in 2002. The Tritons produced two All-Americans, four All-West Region and five All-CCAA selections, including the CCAA Freshman of the Year in defender Heather Szafraniec.
Triton Soccer Stadium played host to the CCAA Championship and each round of the NCAA Championship in 2001, with standing-room-only, stadium-record crowds for the national semifinals and final.
Division III Dominance
McManus led the Tritons to a total of five Division III national championships, including a title in 1999, their final season at that level. Under his direction in Division III, UCSD was the only team in the nation to participate in every NCAA tournament since 1986. In all, the Tritons were crowned NCAA regional champions nine times and national champions five. Remarkably, UCSD lost just one regular-season game to a Division III opponent in the school's history.
At least three of McManus' former players, Dawn Lee, Kristin Jones and Emily Scheese, went on to become successful coaches in their own right. Lee and Jones have guided the girl's varsity squads at Cathedral Catholic and La Jolla high schools, respectively, combining for 11 CIF San Diego Section titles since 2001 and facing off in the Division III final three times. Jones was also on McManus' Triton staff for 14 years after concluding her playing career.
McManus, who first came to UC San Diego as an assistant under legendary men's soccer head coach Derek Armstrong in 1986, is a native of Scotland. He played professionally for Raith Rovers and Aberdeen and spent 11 years as a semiprofessional player and coach. He also coached semipro soccer in Los Angeles, and previously coached the boy's team at Torrey Pines High School.
McManus and his wife, Sandra, are longtime residents of La Jolla. Their son and daughter-in-law are the parents of twin boys.