Brandon Boylan begins his sixth season as head coach for the Union University Lady Bulldog soccer team. Boylan has built this young program from its inaugural season in 2005 to a conference contender. In each of the past four seasons, Boylan has led Union to finishes in the top half of the league, including a regular season runner-up finish in 2009, which was their highest finish to this point in program history. Boylan not only coaches the varsity women's soccer program but also oversees the reserve team program that is now in its fifth year.
Boylan and the Lady Bulldogs set a program record in 2008 with 13 wins. In 2009, the team posted their best finish in the TranSouth with a runner-up finish. Union boasted third place finishes in the conference tournament in 2007, 2008 and 2009. The team earned bids to two straight NAIA Region XI Tournament in 2007 and 2008, prior to the NAIA eliminating the region format.
Boylan's four-year coaching record is 49-37-3 (.551).
In addition to coaching women’s soccer, Boylan serves the University on the athletic facilities staff to help maintain Union's athletic fields. He is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), in which he has two soccer coaching diplomas. Boylan also holds a coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation.
A 1996 graduate of Union, Boylan received a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health.
Boylan, a native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, has served on several different soccer staffs since graduating from Union. In 1996, he was hired as the acting head coach for Covington High School where he stayed until 1999. His responsibilities at Covington included all on-field preparation of the team during practice and games for both the men’s and women’s teams. Other responsibilities included scheduling, fund-raising and working closely with the athletic director in regards to eligibility. Boylan also served as assistant coach at East Tennessee State University, an NCAA Division I program, from 1999 through 2000. Some of his responsibilities at ETSU included contributing to on field preparation for the team during practices and games, and also traveling for the purpose of recruiting athletes for the soccer program.
As a player, Boylan has experienced soccer in several different regions of the country from Arizona to North Carolina. He also has four years of international experience in Japan during his high school career.
During his time at Union as a student, Boylan was instrumental in the starting and building of Union’s first ever soccer program, which became varsity in 1998. He played four years for the Union club soccer team that participated in the Southeastern Collegiate Club Soccer League.
Boylan is married to the former Rachel Rice of Munford, Tenn. She is a graduate of Union with a degree in Biology and is currently working as a Pharmacist with ‘Super D’ Drug Stores. Boylan and his wife are the proud parents of Chase, born on June 2, 2006, and Caleb, born August 5, 2008.
Isaac Brooks is now in his fifth season as the assistant coach for the Union women’s soccer program. Brooks played three years of soccer during the early years of the men's program from 1999-2002 and will continue to give valuable guidance for the young Union women’s soccer program.
In the spring of 2007, Brooks led his club team, the '91 Lady Flyers, to the Division III State Title in just his first season with the team. In 2009, Jackson Lady Flyers club team was a finalist in the girls under 18 DII state championship. Brooks also currently serves as the acting general manager for the Tennessee Rush Soccer Club in Jackson. He is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), in which he has a soccer coaching diploma. In 2008, Brooks was selected to be a board member for the Jackson Area Wide Soccer (JAWS) organization. Brooks is also the Director of Coaching for the Tennessee Rush Soccer Club.
Brooks, a native of Ridgetop, Tenn., graduated from Union in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Christian Ministries and Recreation. He has spent the past few years working for the Memphis Athletic Ministries. Brooks has also spent time as a coach for the Chicago Eagles and a counselor for Young Life at Camp Trail West in Buena Vista, Colorado.
In the fall of 2009, Brooks will begin completion of his M.A.Ed. degree from Union University.
Brooks is the son Greg and Naomi Brooks, both of Ridgetop, Tenn. He and his wife, Sarah Ryan Brooks, were married on May 2, 2009.