After serving two seasons as an assistant coach in the Kean University women's soccer program, Brian Doherty took over the head coaching duties in 1999 and now enters his 14th season at the helm of the program with a 113-104-27 overall record. Doherty, who already has the most women's soccer coaching wins at Kean, collected his 100th win during the 2010 season.
In his first season, Doherty led Kean to its first winning season in three years, and the Cougars have steadily developed into a solid team in the competitive New Jersey Athletic Conference. During the past six seasons, Doherty has guided the Cougars to an NCAA Division III Tournament berth in 2006 and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament berths in 2004, 2005 and 2008.
The 2005 NJAC Coach of the Year, Doherty honed his coaching skills for six seasons as an assistant coach at Bayonne High School, where his teams won one state championship, five Hudson County championships and two league championships.
With more than 20 years of coaching experience at all levels, Doherty has also served as a head coach and evaluator for the Central New Jersey Area Olympic Development Program (ODP) and as an instructor at the prestigious Adidas Elite Training Academy that has tutored professional and semi-professional soccer players. He also had a coaching stint with Sky Blue on its run to the inaugural championship of the Women’s Professional Soccer league in 2009.
A United States Soccer Federation "A" licensed coach, Doherty has also earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier Coaching Diploma.
A 1993 graduate of Kean, Doherty earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.
Michele Zuber is entering her 12th season as an assistant coach with the women's soccer team at Kean University.
Prior to her arrival at Kean, Zuber was an assistant coach at Marist High School during the 1999 season. In her playing days, Zuber started and appeared in 64 matches for the Peacocks at St. Peter's College between 1993 and 1996.
When she is not on the sidelines, Zuber is a fifth-grade teacher at Nicholas Murray Butler Elementary School in Elizabeth, N.J. where she began teaching in 2001. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and psychology from St. Peter's College and a Masters of Arts degree in teaching from Marygrove College. She is also working towards her 6th year level in physical education from Fresno Pacific University.
Michael Lyons enters his third season with the Cougars in 2012.
Lyons was most recently seen on the Sky Blue women’s professional soccer sidelines as an assistant coach. Prior, Lyons was a top-ranked high school, college and semi-professional player (all in New Jersey), and has coaching experience in such varied environments as college (University of Notre Dame men), New Jersey U-17 girls ODP, and coached Wall Township High School to four New Jersey State Championships.
Lyons earned his Bachelor of Science degree from then Trenton State College in 1978.
Randy Velasco enters his third season as an assistant for the Cougars.
His coaching resume consists of different positions with teams at both the youth and adult level. Velasco is a member of the coaching staff for Futbol Club Copa and is responsible for their conditioning program and is a staff coach of several teams for the FC Copa SOL Summer Premier program. Coach Velasco holds a USSF license.
Velasco is a Kean University graduate with a degree in Physical Education.
Amanda Pitts enters her second season as an assistant for the Cougars after concluding her playing career at Kean in 2008.
Pitts was a four-year member of the Cougar squad having appeared in 58 games while recording 58 goals and nine assists. Pitts added five game-winners to her credit. She was named a second-team all-conference award winner in her senior season.
She started her coaching career for the Sky Blue Women's Professional Soccer League coaching youth teams, ages 7-18 for two years and recently coached a 14 and under club team in Sparta.
Pitts earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Kean University in 2009 and her Masters Degree in Political Science also from Kean in 2012.
Britnie Sarno joins the Cougars in her first season as an assistant coach in 2012.
Sarno comes to Kean with both collegiate and club experience in her playing days. She was a member of the Olympic Development program and was coached by current Kean assistant coach Mike Lyons, in addition to training by current head coach Brian Doherty. Sarno was also a member of the Richard Stockton College Ospreys for one season before suffering a career ending traumatic brain injury.
Sarno earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in speech language pathology from Richard Stockton in 2009 and she is currently finishing a second degree in Psychology from Kean. She also works for the Junior Special Olympics.
Mark Woodward joins the Kean University soccer programs in his first season as the goalkeeper coach in 2012.
Woodward has a coaching background both in Europe and the United
States. In the United States, he has worked with a variety of
boys and girls travel teams between U8 - U18. He has also
coached at the College of St Elizabeth and more recently for
Chatham High School.
In the United Kingdom, he was the Head Women's Coach & Assistant Men’s Coach for Oxford Brookes University from 1999-2001. Woodward played for Oxford Brookes University, leading his team all the way to a National Final during his tenure.
Woodward holds his 'B' License as well as a NSCAA National Diploma and NSCAA State & Regional GK Diplomas. He earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Oxford Brookes University in England in 2001. He is currently a health educator at Holy Family High School in Florham Park.
Michele Toher joins the Cougars in her first season in 2012 as a graduate assistant.
Toher comes to Kean after a four year career at nearby Muhlenberg College. In 63 total games, she recorded just under 5300 minutes in net tallying 256 saves and 19 shutouts. Her shutout mark is third in the Mule record books, while her 1.28 goals against average is fourth. Toher was twice named to the Centennial All-Conference team.
She earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Political Science from Muhlenberg in 2012 and is currently pursuing a Masters degree at Kean in Psychology-Human Behavior.