The 2016 season marks Ryan Brooks-Newton’s fifth year as goalkeeper coach of the men’s soccer program (2008, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016), adding to his responsibilities as head women’s soccer coach.
Brooks-Newton’s coaching experience spans Division I, II and III level competition. A former player and now 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.
In his first year as head coach of the women’s soccer program, Brooks-Newton led the team to their first Region III Championship in nine years (2005), defeating Hudson Valley 2-0 at Tompkins-Cortland Community College. The team finished third in the nation, defeating both Genesee and Rock Valley which earned Brooks-Newton NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year. In 2015, he helped to program to another regional championship, then finished fourth at the national tournament. It was the first time ever the women's program had won the regional championship in consecutive seasons.