Brandon Bowman, a 15-year head coaching veteran with the eighth-highest winning percentage in Division III mens soccer, was named the 10th head coach in Carnegie Mellon University history in the spring of 2014.
Bowman led the Tartans back to the NCAA Tournament in his second season at the helm as the team finished the season with an 11-4-3 record. Three games into the season, the Tartans took down #3 Messiah by a 4-3 score and went on to finish third in the University Athletic Association. Senior Connor Webb was named the programs eighth NSCAA All-American and first since 2009 while five players earned All-UAA recognition.
Bowmans first year with the Tartans turned in an 8-5-3 record against some of the top teams in Division III, as the team faced three nationally ranked opponents and five NCAA tournament participants. Individual honors were given to junior Connor Webb who continued the trend of a Carnegie Mellon mens soccer player being named to the NSCAA All-Region team as the 2014 season marked the 14th time in 15 years at least one Tartan received the honor. Additionally, five players were named to the All-UAA squad.
A veteran coach, Jonathan Velotta joined the Carnegie Mellon University mens soccer coaching staff in 2014 and helped guide the program back to the NCAA Tournament in his second season.The 2015 Tartans returned to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time in program history and finished the season with an 11-4-3 record. Three games into the season, the Tartans took down #3 Messiah by a 4-3 score and went on to finish third in the University Athletic Association.
In Velottas first season with the Tartans, the program turned out an 8-5-3 overall mark against some of the top teams in Division III, as the team faced three nationally ranked opponents and five NCAA tournament participants.Velotta helped mentor Connor Webb who was named the programs eighth NSCAA All-American and first since 2009 following the 2015 season. Webb led the UAA in goals scored for the second straight season and was named to the NSCAA All-Region team as a junior.
Prior to his arrival in Pittsburgh, Velotta coached more than 11 years at the club, Division II and Division I levels.Velotta began his coaching career as the assistant mens soccer coach at the University of Louisville in 2003, directly after he graduated from Brescia University with a bachelors degree in English. Most recently, Velotta spent four years as the head womens soccer coach at Bellarmine University where he led the program to a 51-18-9 record and three appearances in the NCAA Division II Womens Soccer Championship Tournament.
Scott Backus joined the Carnegie Mellon University mens soccer team as the goalkeeper coach in the spring of 2016.Backus has been a managing consultant for IBM since graduating from Lafayette College in May 2007 with a bachelors degree in engineering studies and a minor in economics and business. While at Lafayette he was a goalkeeper for the mens soccer team and was named captain and team MVP his senior year.
As a goalkeeper for the Leopards he had a goals against average of 0.87 and a save percentage of .803. The team won the Patriot League Championship in 2003 and 2005 and also competed in the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2005.While at Lafayette, Backus spent time coaching at the NY90 Elite Soccer Camp, the Lafayette College Soccer Camp and with the Lehigh Valley Magic Soccer Club.