Providence, RI- Patrick Laughlin completed his first year as Brown University's head men's soccer coach as he was hired one year ago on March 16, 2010. This past season, Laughlin guided the Bears to a 12-4-4 overall record, while going undefeated at Stevenson Field with a 9-0-3 record. Brown made its 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as well as its first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2000 with a home victory over Boston College and a 7-6 penalty-kick win in Storrs against UConn. Seven Bears earned All-Ivy recognition, three were Division I NEISL All-Stars, four received All-Northeast Region honors, and one was invited to the MLS Player Combine. Laughlin sat down and reflected on the past season and talked about the upcoming year.
Q: What were your biggest challenges, roadblocks or difficulties?
A: One of the biggest challenges at Brown is a good challenge for a coach. It is continuing the success that the Men's Soccer Program has achieved. The Men's Soccer team has great history and trying to add to that history is what the current players and staff hope to accomplish. This year we were able to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament, go undefeated at Stevenson field, and set the single season shut out record.
Q: What has been your most pleasant surprise so far?
Q: Looking back on last year, would you have done anything differently?
A: It is easy to look back and say I would have done something differently when a game does not go your way. I feel comfortable about my decisions based on the information we had at the time.
Q: What was your best moment with the team so far?
A: I think the best moment for me this year was being able to celebrate Thanksgiving together as a team. It was one of our goals as a team. In order to reach that goal we needed to still be competing in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA tournament.
Q: What have you been doing to prepare for the upcoming season?
A: The players have been working hard this winter with our Strength and Conditioning program run by Coach Marandino. Also, the staff has been on the road a great deal recruiting players for the 2012 season and beyond.
Q: How do you replace the five graduating seniors who were so successful during their time at Brown.
A: The seniors will be missed and they have done an outstanding job in creating a competitive culture here at Brown. The returning players understand and embrace the expectations here. As we move forward leadership emerges and a new team dynamic is formed.
Q: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
A: We are still developing our goals for 2011. That is part of an ongoing process between players and staff that will come together before the end of the Spring Semester.