JIM DEROSE-CAMP DIRECTOR, HEAD MEN’S SOCCER COACH-BRADLEY UNIVERSITY
Jim DeRose came to Bradley University in 1996 as the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I college soccer and after 25 seasons, he has grown into one of the game’s most successful coaches. After winning more than 250 games and seven Missouri Valley Conference titles, advancing to 10 consecutive MVC Tournament Final Fours and playing in seven NCAA Tournaments, DeRose boasts a wealth of successful experience to draw from as he continues to lead one of the top squads in the Midwest.
A native of Cinnaminson, N.J., DeRose brings enthusiasm, a hard-work ethic and popularity to The Hilltop. Those characteristics have helped him claim Soccer America magazine’s 2007 National Coach-of-the-Year award, three NSCAA Midwest Region Coach-of-the-Year honors (1998, 2007 and 2013) and four Valley Coach-of-the-Year awards — 1996, 1998, 2006 and 2007 (the latter two as staff awards). In addition, the CollegeSoccerNews.com website named DeRose one of the nation’s top teachers and tacticians in the college game in 2000.
Those honors have substantial backing. In his first 24 years at Bradley, DeRose owns a 254-183-58 (.572) record, which includes 15 of the 16 double-digit win seasons in the program’s 30-plus-year history. His 254 Bradley wins represent over 80 percent of the program’s all-time victory total. DeRose also has guided the Braves to four MVC regular-season championships (1998, 2005, 2006 and 2007); nine appearances in the MVC Tournament championship game in the last 17 years; Valley postseason titles in 2007, 2010 and 2013; seven trips to the NCAA Tournament (2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013); and the program’s first-ever run to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals (2007).
DeRose became Bradley’s third soccer head coach in the spring of 1996: he inherited a program that had produced only 51 victories during its nine-year existence (51-114-11, .321) and was coming off consecutive three-win seasons. While compiling his impressive record, DeRose has guided the Braves to a pair of double-digit unbeaten streaks, the four longest winning streaks in school history — six in 1997 and 2013, seven in 1998 and eight in 2002– and the program’s first-ever national rankings: the Braves climbed to No. 14 in Soccer America magazine’s weekly poll during the 1998 season and now have been ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams during nine of the last 18 seasons.
Not only have the Braves enjoyed tremendous team success, DeRose’s coaching has led to countless individual accomplishments among his players. Former Brave Gavin Glinton (1998-2001) ended his career as the Missouri Valley Conference career leader in goals (53) and points (133) and he remains the only four-time All-American in Bradley Athletics and Valley soccer history. Glinton became the second men’s soccer player inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2014.
At the other end of the field, former Braves keeper Chris Dunsheath (2001-05) finished third in NCAA history with 8,197 career minutes played and set the Valley record with 27.5 career shutouts. The 2005 Valley Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-American, Dunsheath became the first keeper in league history to earn four All-MVC awards (second team in 2002 and first team in 2003, 2004 and 2005). More recently, Joe Donoho (2007) and Wojciech Wojcik (2013) have been selected the Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Year.
DeRose’s Bradley program also has produced nine Major League Soccer SuperDraft selections in the last 14 years. Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer became the most recent addition to that list in 2017 when he was selected in the fourth round by Columbus Crew SC. Former Bradley star Bryan Gaul helped David Beckham, Landon Donavan and company to the 2012 MLS Cup in his rookie season. Other MLS SuperDraft selections under DeRose’s watch include Gaul (2012), Chris Cutshaw (2009), Dunsheath (2006), Luke Kreamalmeyer (2005, MLS Combine MVP), Tim Regan (2003), Hamid Mehreioskouei (2003), Glinton (2002) and Bryan Namoff (2001).
While Bradley’s on-field success under DeRose is impressive, the accomplishments of his players in the classroom are even more impressive. DeRose’s players have collected 15 CoSIDA Academic All-America or NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-American awards, 30 regional and district academic awards and 63 Valley Scholar-Athlete awards. In addition, Bradley Soccer has five times received the NCAA Public Recognition Award in honor of the program’s Academic Progress Rate performance, including each of the last three years, and the Braves routinely earn the annual NSCAA Team Academic Award by posting a team-wide GPA better than 3.00.
DeRose’s career has been marked by more than just player development: he also has grown an impressive coaching tree. The large branches of that tree include five former DeRose assistant coaches who have gone on to become NCAA Division I head coaches: Brian Barnett (IUPUI), Jesse Cormier (Vermont and Florida Gulf Coast), Chad Flanders (Central Arkansas), Devin O’Neill (Massachusetts), Brad Ruzzo (Mercer), and Ronnie Bouemboue (Eastern Illinois). Of the 16 assistants who have worked for DeRose at Bradley, 13 continue to serve the game in coaching roles: Nate Boyden (Davis Legacy), Joe Burger (Kansas State Association), Adrian Cox (The Baldwin School Head Coach), Flanders (Aurora University assistant coach and Galaxy S.C.), Jeff Gettler (Richmond Strikers Director of Coaching U13-19), Glinton (Sacramento United), O’Neill (Western New England Head Coach), and Regan (Bradley Assistant).
DeRose came to Bradley after spending the 1995 season as the top assistant at the University of Richmond. While aiding the rising Spiders program, DeRose also served as the Director of Tournament Operations for the 1995 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer National Championship, now known as the College Cup.
No stranger to Central Illinois, DeRose spent three years (1992-94) as the top assistant at Illinois State University before the Normal, IL, school dropped the men’s soccer program. DeRose also was an assistant at Vermont in 1991, helping the program stay in the regional (top five ranking) and national (top 20) spotlight.
DeRose began his coaching career at his alma mater, Johnson State College, in Johnson, VT. While playing goalkeeper for Johnson State, DeRose helped the Badgers to consecutive NAIA National Championship Tournament appearances and regular top 20 rankings. As a senior in 1989, DeRose earned NAIA first-team All-America honors while capturing the New England Player-of-the-Year Award. In postseason play that year, DeRose took MVP honors at the Senior Bowl in Tempe, AZ.
DeRose followed his college career by playing professionally in Albuquerque, NM, for the New Mexico Chiles of the American Professional Soccer League.
In addition to his NCAA Division I coaching experience, DeRose has been a member of both the Region I (East) and Region II (Midwest) Olympic Development Program coaching staffs, while serving nine years as an ODP State Team coach in Vermont and Illinois.
DeRose has both a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Johnson State. He also owns a USSF “B” license and a NSCAA National Coaching Diploma.
Brian Barnett – CAMP ADMINISTRATOR, ASSISTANT SOCCER COACH BRADLEY UNIVERSITY
Former assistant coach at Bradley University, Brian Barnett is back on the Hilltop as an assistant coach for the 2023 season.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Brian back to Bradley University,” said Bradley Soccer head coach Jim DeRose. “Brian has tremendous experience as a Division I head coach, and as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches during his tenure at Bradley. During his time on the Hilltop, Bradley enjoyed great on-field success and academic achievement, helping us advance to multiple NCAA Tournaments and winning Missouri Valley Conference championships. Having him back at Bradley is an incredible addition to the program and our student-athletes, as well as, our entire Bradley community.”
Barnett is a Peoria native as he attended Peoria Notre Dame High School and went on to Aurora University to study and play soccer. In his time at Aurora, Barnett was a four-year starter on the backline for the Spartans. After an NCAA Tournament birth in 2006, Barnett was made captain in 2008 and led his team to a 14-8-1 record while earning first-team All-Northern Athletics Conference honors.
In four seasons, Barnett played in 73 games, starting in 66. He helped lead the Spartans to a 44-22-11 record and held the opposing teams to a 1.17 goals against average. Barnett graduated from Aurora in 2009 with his bachelor’s degree in business administration.
After graduating, Barnett joined the Bradley staff in 2009 and served as an assistant coach until 2016. In his eight seasons as the Bradley assistant, Barnett helped the team to three NCAA Tournament Appearances (2010, 2011 and 2013) and two Missouri Valley Conference Championships (2010 and 2013).
The Bradley team averaged 10 wins, the 23rd most overall wins amongst 206 Division I institutions and the ninth most overall wins amongst 99 private institutions during Barnett’s first stint with the Braves.
While serving as an assistant coach, Barnett was also the recruiting coordinator for the team. The Braves had two All-American honorees, five All-Region performers, one Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, two Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and three Missouri Valley Conference Tournament MVPs.
Barnett left the Hilltop in 2016 to become the head coach of the IUPUI Jaguars. In his time in Indianapolis, Barnett led the program to its first tournament appearance since 2013 and first postseason win since 2007. He was greatly involved with the Indianapolis and IUPUI community as Barnett and his team performed over 300 hours of community service annually. The program collaborated with Indiana Soccer and Indy 11 Professional Soccer to establish the “Kickin’ it with Book Soccer and Reading Clinic.”
Brian and his wife, Brittany, reside in Peoria with their three children Blake, Kate and Connor.
Tim Regan – CAMP ADMINISTRATOR, ASSISTANT SOCCER COACH BRADLEY UNIVERSITY
Tim Regan returned as an assistant coach for the Braves in 2017.
“I do not think it is an overstatement in saying the hiring of Tim Regan is a historic event for Bradley Soccer,” said Bradley head coach Jim DeRose when Regan’s addition to the staff was announced in April. “I think we could fill an entire article on what he has accomplished as a student-athlete during his time at Bradley, however, it is what Tim has accomplished since leaving Bradley that makes his addition to our staff so historic.
“He has achieved success and the admiration of his peers and colleagues at every level of American soccer during the past 15 years, spanning MLS, NASL, PDL, US National Teams and the United States Developmental Academy,” DeRose added. “There simply are not many coaches currently at the college level as a head coach or assistant coach that can boast the skill set and success Tim has achieved at the various levels of soccer in our country.
“After six years as a Major League Soccer player, Tim has served as a head coach and assistant coach at the professional and elite youth levels, as an advance scout for both individual players and teams in MLS and U.S. Soccer, both domestically and abroad, he has served as an international instructor to aspiring professional scouts and scouting directors; and on the administrative side, he has been directly involved in player acquisitions, contract negotiations and budgeting at a multi-million dollar level with relationships around the world.
“During that time, there has always been one constant since the day I first met Tim,” DeRose continued, “a driving work ethic, intense competitiveness, an unyielding desire to succeed and to always be the finest representative to his family and the organizations he represents. His philanthropic commitment to his teams and their communities was unparalleled and he will bring that mentorship to our student-athletes as they develop academically, athletically and socially.”
Regan starred at Bradley from 1999-2002 and left as one of the most-decorated student-athletes in Bradley Athletics history, capped by his induction into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. A member of the Missouri Valley Conference All-Centennial Team, Regan primarily played in a defensive midfield position throughout his collegiate career and he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team NSCAA/adidas All-American as a senior in 2002. In addition to his performance on the field, Regan was a two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete first-team selection and he earned the 2003 Charles Orsborn Award as Bradley’s senior student-athlete who best combined athletic and academic achievement with community service.
During his four seasons on the pitch for the Braves, Bradley compiled a 51-30-7 (.619) overall record, made the first three MVC Men’s Soccer Championship title game appearances (1999, 2000, 2002) in program history and earned the first two NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship appearances (2000, 2002) in program history.
The four-time All-MVC honoree was selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by the MetroStars and went on to enjoy a six-year playing career with the MetroStars (2003-05), Chivas USA (2006), New York Red Bulls (2007) and Toronto FC (2008). He totaled 81 career games played in MLS, including 65 as a starter, while logging 5,813 minutes in his defensive position. During each of his three seasons with the MetroStars, Regan was selected the club’s US Soccer Humanitarian of the Year.
Since his retirement as a player, Regan has embarked on an impressive administrative and coaching career that has included positions in Major League Soccer, the United States Soccer Federation, one of the nation’s premier club teams and collegiate soccer.
Upon his retirement, Regan remained with Toronto FC as Chief Scout from 2008-11, while also serving as an assistant coach for USSF Youth National Teams at the U-15, U-17, U-18 and U-20 levels from 2008-13. From 2011-12, he also served USSF as Technical Advisor and Youth National Team Scout and from 2012-13, Regan worked as the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club Development Academy Director and U-17/18 head coach.
Regan comes to Bradley from Indy Eleven of the North American Soccer League, where he worked from 2013-17 as an assistant coach, interim head coach and director of soccer operations. He also worked as an assistant coach at DePauw University, helping the Tigers to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship.
Regan is married to former Bradley University volleyball star Jenna Passman Regan, who was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016, making the couple the first husband-and-wife duo to each be enshrined in the school’s athletics hall of fame.