FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Courtesy of Anna Maria Athletics Communications
PAXTON, Mass - The Anna Maria Athletics Department has announced that Joe Brady '96 will succeed present Athletics Director Serge DeBari, who will be retiring in June 2019. Brady is currently holding the position as Associate Athletics Director at Clark University.
"Joe Brady's expertise is a perfect match for our ever expanding Athletics Program," said DeBari. "It was imperative that our next AD have the ability to continue our impressive growth. We are extremely pleased to welcome one of our own back home."
Brady spent five seasons at his alma mater, Anna Maria, as women's soccer coach and sports information director. He helped build the AMCATS into a conference power and regional contender. He was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 1997 as the AMCATS won their first ever CCC Tournament and won a school record 17 games. The AMCATS appeared in three CCC tournament title games and made two ECAC tournament appearances during his five years at the helm.
"I want to thank Anna Maria President Mary Lou Retelle and current Athletics Director Serge DeBari for this exciting opportunity to lead the athletics department at my alma mater. There is great momentum under their leadership and I look forward to continuing to move athletics at Anna Maria forward" said Brady.
Brady began his tenure at Clark in 2001 as both the women's soccer coach and the sports information director before moving into a full-time coaching role in 2006. In 13 seasons on the Cougar sidelines Brady led Clark to eight appearances in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament, including eight in his last nine seasons. His teams advanced to the conference semifinals on four separate occasions, and advanced to the ECAC Tournament Championship in 2005.
He mentored 13 all-conference players and five more All-New England honorees and his teams always excelled in the classroom with 56 selections to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team.
As the winningest head coach in Clark women's soccer program history, Brady stepped away from coaching following the 2013 season with 89 career victories in 13 seasons at Clark and 156 overall after beginning his coaching career with 67 wins in five seasons at Anna Maria.
Brady was promoted to Associate Athletics Director at Clark in the spring of 2014 after serving as Assistant Athletics Director during the 2013-2014 academic year. In his role as Associate Athletics Director he oversaw the department's alumni endeavors, contest scheduling, intramurals, sports information, event operations, facility rentals, and served as the direct report for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse and baseball. He also served as the liaison to information technology and as the Director of the Clark University High School Tournament.
"This is a bittersweet decision to leave Clark. I am grateful for the opportunity that the University has provided me throughout my time in the athletics department," he continued. "I will miss the coaches, staff, students and people throughout the campus but look forward to watching the athletics department and University continue to grow".
On top of his commitment to college athletics, Brady also dedicates time in the club soccer world, Mass Youth Soccer and Worcester Youth Soccer. He has coached for Juventus, Fuller Hamlets, Inter Bandits, BEST FC and is currently coaching for FC Stars Worcester along with working for the Mass Youth ODP program as part of the goalkeeper staff for many years and volunteers currently as a coach for Worcester Youth Soccer.
A 1996 graduate of Anna Maria with a degree in business administration with a focus on management information systems, Brady was a four-year letter winner and team captain for the AMCATS. He graduated from St. John's High School (Shrewsbury) in 1992 and was a three-year varsity soccer player.
He resides in Worcester with his wife Melissa and their daughter Keira (10) and son John (6).