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LORMAN, Miss. – Head Coach Jenna Wallace recently announced the appointment of Brett Sarsfield as Associate Head Coach.
Sarsfield, a United States Soccer Federation “A” Licensed coach, joins the Braves staff with well over a decade of Division I women’s coaching experience as both a head coach and assistant. In addition, he also has been involved at the women’s professional, semi-professional, club, and high school levels of the game.
“Brett is a phenomenal addition to our program here at Alcorn State,” said head coach Jenna Wallace. “His wealth of knowledge and experience working with both highly successful as well as rebuilding programs will be essential for our future success. Most importantly, in talking with multiple coaches he has worked with and worked for, and is clear when speaking with Brett himself, his student-athlete centered approach to development makes him the ideal person to help lead this program.”
Sarsfield’s collegiate coaching experience spans both highly competitive and academic elite NCAA Division I institutions across the country. This includes the West Coast Conference while living in California, to both the Ivy League and Patriot Leagues on the East Coast. He also spent extensive time in the MAAC Conference; initially as a student-athlete, then as assistant coach at two different institutions before being a Division I women’s head coach. Over his career he has worked at Siena College, Loyola Marymount University [Los Angeles], Iona University, Saint Peter’s University, Cornell University, and Colgate University at the Division I level. He also has additional experience at the Division III level coaching at Ithaca College. He arrives in Mississippi from Norwich University, our nation’s oldest Senior Military College, in Vermont.
“Being able to be a part of building a program is always an opportunity I readily embrace,” Coach Sarsfield remarked upon accepting the position. “There simply is an overwhelming amount of hard working, competitive, and skilled players in this program. Working with Coach Wallace to realize the potential of all this untapped talent will be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling opportunity.”
Regarded as not only a student of the game, but also as a student of the profession of coaching and player development, Sarsfield has enjoyed mentoring players at both the youth level all the way to working with FIFA World Cup winning athletes. During his time at the professional level, he directly coached multiple US Women’s National Team stars such as Tobin Heath, Heather O’Reilly, and Allie Long. He has also worked with other full internationals from England, Sweden, Finland, and Spain.
No stranger to helping teams succeed both on and off the field, Sarsfield has competed at the NCAA Tournament as both a player and as a member of a coaching staff. A fervent supporter of prioritizing academic excellence, every Division I program he has worked with has been nationally recognized as a Team Academic Award Winner.
As a player, Sarsfield began his college career as student-athlete at Division I Manhattan College earning the team voted “Hardest Worker” honor as a sophomore while helping the program to a conference playoff appearance. After transferring to State University of New York at Cortland he helped the Red Dragons to a SUNYAC Conference Championship, a ranking of #15 in the national polls, and a trip to the NCAA DIII Tournament.
Outside of coaching, Sarsfield is an accomplished photographer who has worked professionally on both coasts. His images of many prominent stars including Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr, David Beckham, and Thierry Henry have appeared in publications around the world.See a typo? Report it here.