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Coaching Jul 01, 2021

Yale women’s soccer program hires Brad Bolton as assistant coach

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Brad Bolton, who has 11 years of collegiate coaching experience at three different levels, has been named assistant coach for the Yale Women’s Soccer Program.

Bolton spent the last six years with the Manhattan College Women’s Soccer program, including three as the associate head coach. He helped the Jaspers take second place in the 2017 MAAC standings, while they tallied the most goals in conference play in program history and had the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year. A year later, the team had its second-best GAA in program history.

“Brad’s passion for developing student-athletes, both on and off the field, made him stand out from the very beginning of this process. He brings a wealth of experience working with goalkeepers and has been an integral part of every staff he’s been on,” said Sarah Martinez, The Loring Family Head Coach of Women’s Soccer. “Brad has created an incredible reputation for himself as a tireless worker, and I have no doubt he will help us continue to elevate our program. I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Brad to Yale.”

Bolton helped Manhattan make the conference playoffs in 2017 and 2021 while working with 10 All-MAAC selections and 67 MAAC Academic Team members. The Jaspers also earned an NSCAA Team Academic Award with Bolton on the staff.

“I want to thank Sarah Martinez and everyone involved in the hiring process,” said Bolton. “I am excited to work with both Sarah and [assistant coach, recruiting coordinator] Sade Ayinde to help develop the student-athletes both as people and on the field. I am honored to have the opportunity to coach in the Ivy League. Coaching at Yale is a dream come true.”
Prior to joining the Jaspers, he worked two seasons at Iona and served as the interim head coach for the Gaels in 2015. Bolton, who has trained players with youth and senior national teams from the U.S., Finland, Japan, Mexico, Columbia, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Ireland, played a vital role in the development of three All-MAAC Rookie selections in 2014, highlighted by Charlotte Stuart, who led Iona in scoring.

Bolton, who has national, advanced national and premier diplomas from the NSCAA, also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Concordia College, while coaching club teams like the New York Magic and New York Rush Patriots.

A four-year soccer letter winner at Central Methodist University, he was a two-time team captain and team MVP as a senior in 2004 before getting his start as an assistant coach for the Eagles after he graduated with a degree in biology in 2005. He is currently working on a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

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