Brian McManus is in his 30th season in charge of the UC San Diego women's soccer program in 2016. With a remarkable career record of 465-85-51 (.816), he finished the 2015 campaign with the most wins in NCAA Division II women's soccer history.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest women’s soccer coaches at any collegiate level, McManus had compiled the ninth-highest win percentage in NCAA women’s soccer history at .820 through the 2014 campaign. He is fifth among all divisions in wins, fourth in all-time win percentage in Division II history, and second in win percentage among active Division II coaches.
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 win No. 433, passing Gabe Mejail of Merrimack College (MA) for the first time for sole possession of the No. 1 spot all-time among coaches with at least 10 seasons at an NCAA Division II school. Through the conclusion of the 2015 season, McManus has three more wins than does Mejail.
McManus has directed UCSD to seven national championships, with five at the NCAA Division III level and two more Division II crowns, with the Tritons advancing to the national semifinals a remarkable 15 times in his 29 years. Under his guidance, UCSD has qualified for the NCAA postseason in all 13 seasons during the Division III days and all but three (2004, 2013, 2014) of 16 years since 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 have since gone 23-10-3 (.681) with two crowns, two runner-up and one third-place effort in 13 Division II installments. The 23 wins are tied with Grand Valley State for third-most for the Division II tournament behind Franklin Pierce (42) and Metro State (24).
A three-time NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year honoree, McManus was the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year in 2001 and the West Region Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001 2003, 2010 and 2011. He has also received UCSD's Excellence in Coaching Award a total of four times, in 1995-96, 1997-98, 2000-01 and 2012-13.
Through 16 years of Division II and California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) competition, McManus' Tritons have won the CCAA South Division 11 times (out of 14, with divisions no longer utilized) and the CCAA Championship on a record nine occasions. McManus has earned CCAA Coach of the Year distinction a record five times, in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006 and most recently, 2011.
The 2014 squad ran off a 5-0-1 record down the stretch, with four of those matches away from home and allowing just a single goal, to snatch a remarkable return trip to the CCAA Championship following a lone absence from the event in 2013, out of UCSD's 15 seasons as a league member.
The Tritons reeled off seven straight victories to begin 2012, outscoring opponents 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 Division II Championship before avenging its loss to Grand Valley State in the 2010 title match, 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 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 in school history with a 12-1-3 conference record. McManus earned CCAA Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career and NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Ranked No. 1 in the West Region 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 Team Award with a 3.22 overall GPA.
McManus led the 2010 UCSD squad to its most wins since 2006 (19-3-3) and its first national championship match since 2001, advancing to the NCAA Division II Semifinals with upset wins over No. 9 Seattle Pacific and No. 8 St. Edward's. The Tritons defeated undefeated No. 1 St. 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 leading his 10th UCSD team to a Final Four, McManus was named NSCAA 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 230-28-19 record in 13 seasons at the DIII level while winning five national championships and nine regional titles.
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 to 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 at league champions after UCSD posted a 13-1-2 mark during the regular season, winning its seventh-straight CCAA South Division title as McManus was named the CCAA Coach of the Year.
McManus guided his squad to another CCAA crown in 2005 with a 4-3 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills on Nov. 6.
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 consecutive CCAA title.
After consecutive national titles in UCSD’s first two years at the NCAA 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.
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.
McManus has led the Tritons to a total of five NCAA Division III national championships, including a title in 1999, their final season at the Division III 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.
In 2002, McManus' squad produced two All-American, four All-West Region and five All-CCAA selections, including the CCAA Freshman of the Year in defender Heather Szafraniec. The 2005 team boasted the CCAA Player of the Year and an NSCAA/adidas All-American in Megan Dickey, along with five All-CCAA and three more NSCAA All-Far West Region honorees.
Two of McManus' former standout players, Dawn Lee and Kristin Jones, went on to become successful coaches in their own right. The duo, currently guiding the girl's varsity squads at Cathedral Catholic and La Jolla high schools, respectively, have combined for nine CIF San Diego Section Division 3 titles since 2001, facing off in the title contest three times. Jones has also been on McManus' Triton staff for 11 years since concluding her playing career.
McManus, who came to UCSD as an assistant coach in 1986, is a native of Scotland. He played professionally for Raith Rovers and Aberdeen and spent 11 years as a semi-professional player and coach. He also coached semi-pro soccer in Los Angeles, and previously coached the boy's team at Torrey Pines High School.