|Previous College:||Cal State Fullerton '97|
|Position:||Head Coach (8th Season)|
What can Brown do for you? Plenty.
Since returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach with the Cal State Fullerton women’s program in 2004, Demian Brown has been an integral part of developing the Titans into an emerging national contender over the last 10 years.
After a Big West Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013, Brown was signed to a three-year contract extension through the 2016 season.
Over the last 10 years, the former Fullerton letterwinner and two-time Big West Conference Coach of the Year (2007, 2012) has helped the Titans to a 100-84-22 (.543) overall record with a quartet of Big West regular season titles, four conference tournament crowns and four appearances in the NCAA Tournament - including a trip to the “Sweet 16” in 2005, a second round berth in 2006 and first round trips in 2007, and most recently, 2013.
Now in his eighth season (58-64-19) at the helm of the Fullerton program, Brown looks to continue the tradition of success that fans of Titans’ soccer have come to expect.
Hired as only the third head coach in the history of the program in February of 2007, Brown’s Division I head coaching debut was nothing short of stellar, becoming the first-ever, first-year, first-time head coach in the history of the conference to lead his team to both the league’s regular season and tournament titles and only the second first-year head coach to win a regular season title, joining former Titans’ coach Ali Khosroshahin in 2001.
Fullerton compiled a 12-8-2 overall mark in Brown’s rookie campaign and a 6-2 mark in Big West play for first place (the third time in Brown’s four years that the Titans have stood atop the conference), earning the top seed for the league tournament at Titan Stadium. Under Brown’s direction, Fullerton clinched its third consecutive Big West Tournament title and subsequent NCAA berth with a penalty kick victory over Cal Poly in the championship.
For his efforts, he was named the Big West Coach of the Year.
The 2008 season was a little bit of a struggle as the Titans, faced with the loss of their top three scorers and returning only 13 of the team’s 31 goals from the previous year, limped to a 7-11-1 overall mark and a 2-6 finish in conference play. Eight of their 11 losses came by a single goal with five of those defeats coming in the last 10 minutes.
Faced with one of the toughest schedules in school history, Fullerton did pull-off victories over nationally-ranked squads California and UC Santa Barbara and opened the year with four straight wins for only the second time in the history of the program and the first since 1995.
His third season at the helm in 2009 was nothing short of heartbreaking as the Titans finished 6-8-5 overall, but ended 4-3-1 in the Big West Conference for a fourth-place tie, missing out on a league tournament berth on tiebreakers. Fullerton, which suffered five one-goal losses and battled to a pair of scoreless draws during the year, did end its campaign on a high note, going unbeaten (3-0-1) over its final four matches that included conference wins over UC Davis, Long Beach State, and Pacific. The five draws were a then-school record while the six overtime matches were just one shy of the school mark set in 1993 and 2007 (7).
The 2010 campaign saw Fullerton finish just 6-13 overall, but was once again in the hunt for a postseason tournament berth entering the final weekend of the regular season. The Titans, who finished 3-5 in league play, faced a somewhat difficult slate with four opponents ranked among the nation’s top 25 (and another receiving votes at the time of the match). Senior Christina Murillo (second team) and junior Casey Volk (honorable mention) were among the postseason award winners from the Big West while the offense, which finished with just 13 goals and 37 points in 2009, underwent a dramatic turnaround, nearly doubling its output to the tune of 23 goals and 63 points.
In 2011, Brown and the Titans began to turn things around, posting the school’s first winning record in four years at 9-8-3 while finishing just outside the race for the Big West Tournament with a 3-4-1 mark. A battle-tested Fullerton squad tied an NCAA record with 11 overtime matches, going 4-4-3 in those contests, and was one of three Big West schools to finish in the top 75 in the final NCAA RPI, all the while helping defender Caitlin Mellano and forward Ann Marie Tangorra to All-Big West Conference Second-Team honors. In addition, redshirt junior Stacey Fox was named to the NSCAA All-West Region Third Team -- the first Titan since Jenae Gibbens in 2008 to earn such an honor.
The Titans continued the momentum in 2012, winning the Big West Conference regular season title with a 7-2 mark en route to their second-consecutive winning season at 10-9-1 overall. The top-seeded team heading into the playoffs, Fullerton returned to the Big West championship match following a penalty-kick win over host UC Irvine, before falling in overtime to Cal State Northridge to narrowly miss out on the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid. After opening 1-5, the Titans finished 7-2-1 in their final 10 matches as eight players earned All-Big West honors -- including the team’s first, first-team honorees since 2008 in Stacey Fox, Ann Marie Tangorra, and JeAnne Mazeau -- while Christina Burkenroad and Morgan Batcheller were named to the league’s inaugural All-Freshman Team and Brown was named the conference’s Coach of the Year for a second time. Nationally, Fox was named to the NSCAA All-West Region Second Team.
Fullerton entered the 2013 season having lost its top two goal scorers from its championship squad in 2012. While the Titan offense struggled, Fullerton’s defense anchored by Big West Goalkeeper of the Year Lindsey Maricic and NSCAA all-region defender Morgan Batcheller, held opponents to 17 goals in 22 matches en route to an 8-7-7 record and 3-3-2 mark in league play. The Titans had the benefit of hosting the Big West Tournament at Titan Stadium, and entered the tourney as the league’s No. 4 seed. In the semifinals, Fullerton’s match against No. 1 seed Cal Poly ended in a 1-1 tie as the Titans advanced to the finals with Tournament MVP Katie Pulliam between the posts in a 4-3 edge on penalty kicks. In the title match against UC Riverside, Titan fans again watched 110 minutes of soccer end in a 1-1 tie as Pulliam went on to make three saves in penalty kicks with Fullerton claiming the championship by way of a 2-1 advantage. The Titans, making their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance after winning their fourth Big West Tournament title claiming the league’s automatic NCAA berth, lost 1-0 at then 17th-ranked Stanford in the first round. Three Titans, Batcheller, Maricic and Erica Mazeau received all-region and Big West first team accolades while Mazeau was named Big West Midfielder of the Year. Cal State Fullerton completed the 2013 season with a record of 7-1-5 at Titan Stadium as CSF’s seven home wins marked the most for the program since the 2005 (10-1-0). In addition, it was almost routine for the Titans to play overtime, entering extra time play on 10 occasions (3-0-7) -- one shy of their NCAA record-tying 11 overtime matches in 2011. Cal State Fullerton also made it a habit of scoring late, netting nine of its 18 goals -- three of those going for “golden goal” game-winners -- in the 70th minute or later.
While at Fullerton, Brown has tutored some of the Big West Conference’s best defensive players as the Titans have had three Big West Defensive Players of the Year in All-American Marlene Sandoval (2005), Erica Janke (2006), and Jenae Gibbens (2007). In addition, 19 different players have earned 26 first-team all-conference honors with 23 more named to the All-Big West second and honorable mention teams as well as three more all-freshman team honors.
Since joining the Titans, Brown has had a tremendous impact on the defensive side of the ball, helping coach the Titans’ defense to a pair of record-setting seasons. Under his direction in 2004, Fullerton set single-season records for shutouts (8), fewest shots allowed (183) and fewest goals allowed (18). Brown and the Titans improved on that effort in 2005, setting new marks for fewest goals allowed (15), fewest shots allowed (161) and shutouts (12) while also tying the record for consecutive shutouts in a single season with four. In 2013, Fullerton’s shutout streak of 351 minutes from Aug. 25-Sept. 6 ranked sixth in program history. The Titan defense emerged as one of the best in the Big West Conference, ranking atop the Big West statistical rankings in fewest goals allowed (17), goals against average (0.709), and saves (113), while standing tied for third in shutouts (7). Among 323 NCAA programs, the Titans ranked No. 10 in the nation in save percentage (.869), while ranking 26th in goals against.
Prior to his collegiate coaching debut, Brown guided the Cal-South Women’s Soccer State Select Team to the George F. Donnelly Cup title in January of 2006, posting a perfect 4-0 record at regionals and outscoring teams from Massachusetts, Illinois and Tennessee by a combined 8-0 total to win the crown.
During the summer of 2011, Brown also assumed the reins of the Los Angeles Strikers of the United Soccer League’s W-League four matches into the franchise’s inaugural season and recently completed a full season at the helm of the club in 2012.
Brown came to Cal State Fullerton after spending five years as an assistant coach for the men’s program at UC Irvine under current Cal State Fullerton men’s soccer head coach George Kuntz, helping lead the Anteaters to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament in 2000 and coaching the 2001 Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year (Saul Wolf).
His coaching experience also includes working with numerous club programs, including the Slammers FC out of Newport Beach, Calif., where he served as head coach for seven years, the Orange Junior Soccer Club in Orange, Calif., and, most recently, the Fullerton Rangers. Brown also was the boys head coach at Canyon High School in Anaheim, Calif., leading that school into the CIF quarterfinals in 2000.
A 1997 graduate of Cal State Fullerton with a degree in communications, Brown was a four-year letter winner for former Head Coach Al Mistri as a defender for the Titans from 1992-94 and 1996, helping Fullerton to the semifinals of the 1993 College Cup.
He was selected to the 1993 NCAA All-Tournament Team and was a two-time All-MPSF selection, finishing his career with four goals and three assists. Brown also competed in the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival in St. Louis.
He currently resides in Fullerton with his wife, Gina, sons, Mathias and Xavier, and daughter, Dalia.
NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES
• 2007 NCAA First Round
• 2013 NCAA First Round
• 2007 co-Big West Regular Season Championship
• 2007 Big West Tournament Championship
• 2012 Big West Regular Season Championship
• 2013 Big West Tournament Championship
• 2007 Big West Conference Coach of the Year
• 2012 Big West Conference Coach of the Year
|BROWN BY THE NUMBERS|
|HEAD COACH||7 Years||58-64-19||.475||28-25-4||.528||2 Titles|
|* denotes NCAA Tournament Participant|