The 2015 season marks Ryan Brooks-Newton’s second year as head coach of the women’s soccer program. In 2014 Brooks-Newton helped the program break a nine-year streak without a Region III Championship, defeating Hudson Valley at Tompkins-Cortland Community College. The team then went on to finish third in the NJCAA DIII National Tournament, helping Brooks-Newton earn NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year honors. In 2015, Brooks-Newton helped to program to its first ever back-to-back regional championship, defeating Tompkins Cortland 1-0 at Wehrum Stadium in November, then received the No. 1 overall seed in the NJCAA DIII National Championship Tournament and proceeded to finish fourth.
Brooks-Newton’s coaching experience spans Division I, II and III level competition. A former player and assistant coach for the Herkimer Generals men’s soccer team, Brooks-Newton has accumulated three NJCAA Division III National Championships. One was as a goalie in 2005 where he only allowed six goals the entire season. The other two were in 2008 and 2011 as a goalkeeper coach for the Generals.
As a goalkeeper for the Generals, in two seasons (2005-2007), Brooks-Newton compiled 32 shutouts, which was second all-time in the NJCAA, and a 41-3-1 record. This earned him 1st Team NSCAA, 1st Team Mountain Valley Conference, 2nd Team All-Region and three Player of the Week nominations.
After Herkimer, Brooks-Newton went to American International College in Springfield, MA where he was a goalkeeper for the Yellow Jackets. With one year of eligibility left in 2010, Brooks-Newton also played football for the Yellow Jackets, starring as their kicker.
Brooks-Newton’s professional career launched in 2011 when he played for the Syracuse Knights Indoor Soccer Team of the Major Indoor Soccer League, again as a goalkeeper. Thereafter, a three-year stint with the Vermont Voltage of the Professional Development League led to a position with Syracuse University in 2013, where he was director of soccer operations.