Chris "Brownie" Brown Joins Team Chicago!
“Brownie is easily one of the best up-and-coming coaches in Chicagoland with a great soccer mind to boot. He also has a demeanor and a level of professionalism when dealing with players and parents that is second-to-none. He has vast experience as a Director of Coaching where he essentially single-handedly built an elite high-schooled aged club program from scratch. Team Chicago and our players are extremely fortunate to be able to benefit from Brownie’s coaching and insights” (Phil Nielsen, Technical Director, Team Chicago Soccer Club)
Brownie is entering his second season as head coach for the Concordia University women’s soccer program. The sixth head coach in the history of the program.
A native of Mesa, Arizona, Brownie played collegiately at Chandler (AZ) Gilbert Community College for two seasons before transferring to Division I Northern Illinois University. The center back contributed to an eight-game turnaround in his first season at NIU as the Huskies went 12-6-0 and finished second in the MAC, their highest conference finish since 1990. Brownie’s senior year in 2005 saw the Huskies go 11-6-2, a season that included a seven-match unbeaten streak.
Brownie remained at Northern Illinois following graduation to begin his collegiate coaching career. In 2007, he served as an assistant coach for the men’s program before moving to the women’s program and coaching the NIU goalkeepers for two seasons. Brownie also worked as an assistant coach and director of soccer camps at Oregon State University during the 2010-11 season.
In the summer of 2011, Brownie’s return to the Chicagoland area resulted in his taking a position as a goalkeepers’ coach with the women’s soccer program at Dominican University.
Brownie’s experience coaching soccer at the club level is equally extensive. He was was named the 2013 Illinois Youth Soccer Girls’ Competitive Coach of the Year. Prior to that he served as a Director of Coaching for Northern Illinois FC in DeKalb from 2008 to 2010.
The Olympic Development Program (ODP) has also benefited from Brownie’s coaching in recent years. In 2011, he was part of the ODP Region IV staff in Oregon. Since 2013, he has been a staff coach for Illinois Youth Soccer Olympic Development, coaching both boys and girls. He also serves as a U.S. Soccer Federation coaching course instructor for the IYSA.
Brownie’s coaching credentials are top-notch including a U.S. Soccer Federation National “A” License and NSCAA Regional and State Goalkeeping Diplomas. He holds a BA in psychology and an MA in sports management from Northern Illinois University in 2007 and 2011 respectively.
Brownie currently resides in Elgin, Illinois with his wife Caitlin and his son Brodie.