Coaching Biography

Coaching Biography


Coach Brown has coached soccer for over 48 years, and has built the Newman University men’s program into the most respected in the country. In addition to serving as head men’s soccer coach at Newman the past 29 seasons, where he has achieved more than 255 wins, launched the women’s program in 1989, and then coached for he first 11 years of its existence. Brown has led the men’s soccer to numerous achievements, including three regional championships, three trips to the NAIA Nationals and one National Quarter-Final finish. He has been named Conference Coach-of-the-Year four times, Region Coach-of-the-Year three times, and District Coach-of-the-Year once. He has coached over 100 All-Conference,30 All-Region, and 10 All-American players. Since 2008 Newman University competes at the NCAA D-II level in the Heartland Conference where over 20 players have achieved All-Conference honors. In 2014 the Jets finished in second place both for regular and post season. The Jets saw five players selected to the Heartland Conference All-Conference team, three players named All-Region, and also the Freshman-of-the-Year. Recruiting for the 2015 season has gone well, making Jets soccer the place to be for seeing the most exciting game of attacking outdoor soccer available in the area.

Coach Brown was named a member of the Wichita Wings On-Line Hall-of-Fame, and his 1996 men's team was named to the Newman University Athletic Department Hall-of-Fame. He has been Director of Coaching for the Wichita Wings soccer academy, and served as the radio color commentator for the return of the Wichita Wings pro soccer team to the MISL in 2011/12. Brown was an All-Conference and All-American NCAA D-I goalkeeper at the University of Washington. He was a member of the U.S. Youth National Team, was selected in the U.S. Olympic player pool, and has played on eight professional soccer teams over three decades. He has also coached professionally in both indoor and outdoor leagues. No other coach in the region brings this level of experience to the game of soccer.

Coach Brown holds a B.S. in Business Management, a M.B.A. in Leadership, and a PhD (ABD) in Organization and Management with a concentration in Leadership. This extensive educational background creates a unique perspective on his coaching philosophy and style.

Coaching History

1988 – Present Kansas Newman College/Newman University

2011- Present

2008 - 2010   

Director of Coaching Wichita Wings Soccer Academy

Goalkeeper Coach NSA

2002 – 2005  Goalkeeper Coach Air Capitol Soccer Club
1998 Head Coach Shreveport-Bossier Lions USL D-3 Pro Soccer
1996 – 2000 Co-Director of Coaching Wichita Botafogo Futbol Club
1992 – 1993 Director of Coaching Wichita Arsenal Soccer Club
1988 – 1990 Head Coach Wichita Arsenal Soccer Club U-19
1987 Goalkeeper Coach Toledo Pride (AISA) Pro Soccer
1986                   Head Coach Ft. Wayne Flames (AISA) Pro Soccer            
1984 – Present Director Cliff Brown Soccer Camps
1984 – 1986 Head Coach Wichita Jets U-15/U-17 
1978 – 1979 Assistant Coach University of Washington Men’s Soccer
1968 – 1979 Head Coach various youth soccer teams in Washington State






Playing Experience

2003 – 2005     Wichita Select,exhibition matches Vs MLS teams
2001 – 2003 Kansas Select/Wichita Warriors (semi-pro indoor)
1994 Wichita Blue, USISL (Pro-Division, outdoor)
1993 Oklahoma City Slickers, USISL (Pro-Division, outdoor)
1992 – 1993 Tulsa Ambush, NPSL (professional indoor)
1991 – 1993 Mitre Cup Indoor National Finals Men’s Open Division
1991 Wichita Wings, MSL (professional indoor)
1989 –  1992  Wichita Blue, Loan Star Alliance/USISL (Pro-Division)
1986 – 1987      Toledo Pride AISA (professional indoor
1983 – 1984 Tacoma Stars, Kansas City Comets, MISL (professional indoor)
1981 – 1983 Wichita Wings, MISL (professional indoor)
1979 – 1981 Cleveland Force, MISL (professional indoor)
1978 – 1979 Seattle Sounders NASL (professional outdoor)
1974 – 1977  University of Washington
1974 United States Junior National Team & Olympic Team Pools