Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey), where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education (Corporate Fitness). Brownell has also completed graduate coursework in Exercise Science program at Temple University
Rick Brownell is entering his 14th season leading the women's soccer program at Arcadia University in 2016. He has guided the Knights to an overall record of 155-75-30 (.654) through his first 13 seasons at the helm, giving him the most wins in program history. During his tenure, Arcadia has qualified for the conference tournament 11 times and recorded eight 10-win seasons, including a program-record 18 victories in 2014.
Brownell’s players have been widely recognized for their individual efforts, earning a total of 50 All-Conference selections, which includes six players that have been honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). There have been a total of 10 NSCAA All-Region selections under Brownell, and he has coached the program’s only NSCAA All-American.
Under Brownell’s watch, the women’s soccer program has earned the NSCAA’s Team Academic Award in each of the past six seasons, while 61 student-athletes have been named to the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Academic Honor Roll a combined 103 times. In 2014, Kim Canfield became the first player in program history to be named to all-academic teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), MAC, NSCAA, and Philadelphia Sports Information Directors Association (Philly-SIDA) that reward student-athletes for their combined performance academically and athletically.
The 2015 season saw Brownell lead Arcadia to the MAC Commonwealth title game against eventual national semifinalist Messiah. The 16-6 campaign came to a close with a third-straight Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South title, as the top-seeded Knights claimed a 2-0 win over second-seeded Lebanon Valley.
Brownell led Arcadia to a program-record 18 wins in the 2014 campaign and finished the season with just six losses. The Knights claimed their second consecutive ECAC South Championship on a goal in the 98th minute from Alyssa Ferraro to defeat McDaniel.
Brownell led the 2013 squad to an overall record of 13-4-6 and the University’s first-ever ECAC South Championship. The numerous accolades that season included Canfield being named the Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly-SIDA Academic Performer of the Year, and Lennon Kramer being selected both the 2013 ECAC and MAC Commonwealth Rookie of the Year.
A personal highlight in the 2011 season saw Brownell record his 100th career win with a 2-1 home victory over conference rival Lycoming on October 18. The 2011 season marked a program-high ranking of 24th in the nation. The 2011 season also produced three All-Conference players and two NSCAA All-Region selections. In January 2011, Brownell received an invitation from Adidas and Major League Soccer to coach one of four teams in the MLS Draft Combines in Broward County, Florida.
The 2010 team matched the previous season’s win total with an overall mark of 15-4-1 and once again advanced to the MAC Commonwealth championship final. Former standout goalkeeper Jackie Law was named a Third-Team NSCAA All-American that season after going 14-4-1 with 10 shutouts, a 0.84 goals against average and a .843 save percentage.
Brownell was named the 2009 NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region and MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year after leading Arcadia to an overall record of 15-2-3, setting a then-school record for wins in a season, and a second-place finish in the conference with a league record of 6-1-0. The Knights’ only losses of the season were against conference rival and eventual national champion Messiah, once in the regular season and then again in the MAC Commonwealth title game.
In just his third season, Brownell led Arcadia to an 11-7-2 overall record and the program’s fourth Pennsylvania Athletic Conference championship in 2005. The Knights went on to battle Haverford to a 1-1 draw in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament before falling on penalty kicks.
Brownell has also seen tremendous success coaching at the club level… his current Flemington Flames U-17 team was ranked No. 1 in the nation throughout much of the 2013 spring season. He had similar success in 2010 while guiding FC Bucks Fusion, which achieved a top-10 national ranking for almost the entire year.
Prior to his arrival at Arcadia, Brownell turned the program at Bucks County Community College into a championship caliber program in just three seasons, taking the team from a winless 2000 season to a 16-1 record and the 2002 conference title, for which he was named the conference Coach of the Year.
2011 Invitated by Adidas and Major League Soccer to coach one of four teams in the MLS Draft Combines in Broward County, Florida.
2009 NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region and MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year
2000 EPAC Conference Coach of the Year
As a player, Brownell was a four-year starter and an All-State performer at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey), where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education (Corporate Fitness).