Missouri State Soccer School

MSU Head Coaches

 
Jon Leamy
Head Men's Coach


Jon Leamy started as the Bears' head coach in 1992, making him the longest tenured men's soccer head coach in the program's NCAA history. 

Leamy, the winningest coach in school history, sits atop the record books in both total wins (253) and winning percentage (.573). He has hit several coaching plateaus including the 150-win mark in 2005, the 200-win plateau in 2011 and the 250-win bench mark. On September 30, 2017, Leamy recorded his 250th victory verses Valparaiso with a 1-0 shutout at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium.

The Bears took home their seventh MVC regular season title in 2017 after going 5-2-1 in league play. MSU clinched the title after a 0-0 draw with Drake (11/4) which marks the first outright MVC Championship since 2014. It was also the program’s forth crown in the last seven seasons. The Bears advanced to the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Championship after a thrilling semifinal against Evansville where MSU advanced 6-5 on penalty kicks. The squad went down 1-0 in the final to Central Arkansas in overtime. 

The MSU coaching staff put together a top notch defensive effort in 2017. The Bears ‘bend but don’t break’ defense gave up 181 shots through 17 games, but only gave up nine goals. MSU’s goals against average in 2017 ranked as the lowest in the MVC and top-five in the country.  

During his tenure, the Bears have been nationally-ranked on six different occasions and have made the NCAA Tournament three times (1997, 1999, 2009). His resume also includes seven MVC Tournament finals appearances and one Valley crown.

The five-time MVC Coach of the Year and three-time Midwest Region Coach of the Year has produced 143 all-conference selections and 76 MVC Scholar-Athlete picks. He is also the winningest MVC coach with 92 career victories in league play.

The Bears took home their seventh MVC regular season title in 2017 after going 5-2-1 in league play. MSU clinched the title after a 0-0 draw with Drake (11/4) which marks the first outright MVC Championship since 2014. It was also the program’s forth crown in the last seven season. The Bears advanced to the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Championship after a thrilling semifinal against Evansville where the MSU advanced 6-5 on penalty kicks. The squad went down 1-0 to Central Arkansas in overtime. 

The MSU coaching staff put together a top notch defensive effort in 2017. The Bears ‘bend but don’t break’ defense gave up 181 shots through 17 games, but only gave up nine goals. MSU’s goals against average in 2017 ranked as the lowest in the MVC and top-five in the country.  

For the first time in program history, Missouri State men's soccer won the MVC crown in consecutive seasons (2014, 2015). After an undefeated conference run (4-0-2), including tying their own Valley record with just one goal conceited, the Bears won the conference title in dramatic fashion with a game-winning overtime goal in the final game of the regular season in 2015. The home crowd witnessed Leamy's sixth regular-season MVC championship.

The Bears broke several school records in 2013, including leading the nation in goals against average (8 goals allowed in 18 games) for the first time in program history. The Bears allowed just one goal in conference play and recorded 10 shutouts (including 7 consecutive) on the season. Leamy's fifth regular-season MVC championship and fifth Coaching Staff of the Year honor brings Missouri State to the top of the list for active Valley schools in both categories.

Leamy and the MSU coaching staff orchestrated an imposing defensive product in 2012, limiting opponents to 14 goals, which tied a school record for fewest goals allowed in a single season. Additionally, the Bears' defense recorded six shutouts and allowed just three multi-goal games through 17 matches.

In 2011, Leamy's squad bounced back from an 0-4-1 start to finish above .500 and secure the top seed in the MVC Tournament. The Bears went 5-1 in league play and clinched a share of the regular-season title with NCAA semifinalist Creighton. Another highlight of the 2011 season came when Missouri State registered its first-ever win over a top-five opponent, shutting out the No. 4-ranked Creighton Bluejays, 1-0, at Plaster Field on Oct. 12.

The 2009 campaign proved to be successful as the Bears finished the season 12-5-2 (7-1-1 MVC) and were crowned MVC regular-season champs. Despite an early exit from the MVC Tournament semifinals, Missouri State still received a bid to the NCAA Tournament. For the second time in three NCAA appearances, the Bears drew Saint Louis, but found the back of the net just once on 22 shots in the 2-1 loss to the Billikens.

Leamy and his group of Bears had a terrific year in 2005, reeling off a 10-match unbeaten streak to start the season, culminating in a No. 9 national ranking by the NSCAA. The team improved to 12-1-2 before dropping its final three matches of the season to finish 12-4-2. Highlights of the season included a school-record five-match shutout streak from Sept. 9-23 and an offensive attack that ranked atop the conference in goals and points for much of the season.

Forward Ryan Anderson became the first player in school history to earn conference player of the year honors, sharing the award with Drake's Jesse Baker in 2005. Anderson was also the first player in school history to be voted to the NSCAA/adidas All-America team, earning second-team honors.

In 2004, the Bears flew out of the gate with the nation's second-longest unbeaten streak (11 matches), dating back to the 2003 season. The streak resumed in 2004 with a tie against Loyola Marymount before the Bears rattled off seven straight victories. MSU finished at 11-6-2 on the season and was 4-4-1 in the MVC to tie for fifth place. Leamy saw two players drafted, Lascody (35th overall) by the Kansas City Wizards, and Jim Levesque by the St. Louis Steamers of the MISL. Lascody was the fourth MSU player in three years to be drafted into Major League Soccer.

In 2003, the Bears finished 9-7-3 overall and knocked off the MVC Tournament top seed and 18th-ranked Creighton Bluejays, 1-0 on the Bluejays' home field in the tournament quarterfinals. The Bears then battled 19th-ranked Bradley to a 1-1 tie in the semifinals, only to lose the contest on penalty kicks.

Leamy took the Bears to new heights in 2000, as they climbed as high as third in the national polls. Leamy picked up career win number 100 in a 2-1 victory over then eighth-ranked and eventual NCAA national finalist Creighton on September 29. The Bears finished the season 9-7-3 after injuries saw the team drop five one-goal matches.

In 1999, the Bears finished the season 17-1-3 overall, were outright Valley regular season and tournament champions and earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament seeding. While accumulating a 20-match unbeaten streak, MSU was ranked in the nation's top 10 for seven consecutive weeks. For his efforts, Leamy earned both the Valley and Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors and was an NSCAA National Coach of the Year finalist.

Leamy led the Bears to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1997, as the Bears went 13-5-3 and 6-0-1 in MVC play and won the Valley regular season championship.

A native of Ipswich, Mass., Leamy graduated from Roanoke (Va.) College in 1982. He captained the nationally-ranked Maroons for two years and earned all-conference honors as a defender.

Leamy's coaching career began in 1982 as an assistant at his alma mater. He was an assistant at Dartmouth College for one season before becoming a graduate assistant at Illinois State University in 1984. He spent three seasons with the Redbirds before taking over as head coach at Columbia (Mo.) College in 1987, where he started the soccer program. He also served as a coach for Blue Springs (Mo.) High in 1989. Leamy returned to the Illinois State soccer program in 1989 and helped guide the 1990 team to a school-record 14-win season and its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

In addition to his decorated collegiate experience, Leamy has spent extensive time working with youth soccer programs. He has served as director of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association Boys Olympic Development Program, and is currently the director of the Missouri State Soccer School. Leamy also served as a Midwest Olympic Development Regional staff coach.

Leamy earned his master's degree in athletic administration from Illinois State in 1986. He holds both NSCAA and Advanced National coaching diplomas and is licensed by the U. S. Soccer Federation and the Football Association of Ireland.

Leamy and his wife, Diane, have two sons, Cody and Colton.
Rob Brewer
Head Women's Coach


Head coach Rob Brewer has presided over the Missouri State women’s soccer program since its inception in 1996. 

On August 25, 2017, he picked up his 250th career victory thanks to a 1-0 shutout at Central Arkansas.

Overall, Missouri State has produced a 190-179-50 record during Brewer's tenure. The 1999 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year has produced 109 all-conference selections and 82 academic all-conference honorees. In 22 seasons as a program, his team has reached the MVC Tournament 20 times and has only five losing campaigns. Brewer coached the first player in program history to be drafted in Nia Williams, a fourth-round pick (27th overall) in the inaugural NWSL draft by FC Kansas City on January 18, 2012.

Making the NCAA Tournament for the second time program history, the Bears showed one of the most successful runs during the 2017 season. Brewer led the squad to a 10-9-2 overall record and 4-2-1 mark in the league. The Bears won the 2017 MVC Championship title at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium and earned the league’s automatic bid to the big dance. MSU helds its own against No. 16 Oklahoma State and tied 1-1, but later fell in penalty kicks.  

Brewer’s squad went 5-8-4 in the 2016 season, racking up wins against Nebraska-Omaha, Central Arkansas, SEMO, Indiana State and Kansas State. The Bears finished an impresseive 5-2-2 on their home field, with all five wins taking place at Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium. 

The Bears went 9-7-1 under Brewer in 2015, tying for the most wins among MVC schools. Senior Alix Opfer became the sixth different player to record 20 points in a season for Brewer and she scored MSU's first four goals of the year. Aided by a 2-1-0 home league record, Brewer's Bears earned a home MVC Tournament match as the three-seed in 2015.

In 2014, Brewer guided the Bears into a brand new facility, Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium. His squad racked up a 6-2-1 record at home including a 2-0-1 conference record at BBASS. Despite finishing 2-3-1 in MVC action and falling to the fifth-seed, Brewer's team reached the MVC Tournament semifinals.

The 2013 season didn't go as well as Brewer had hoped, but some positives did punctuate the year. Junior Kelsey Fouch picked up the eighth MVC Defensive Player of the Year award bestowed upon one of Brewer's players. The Bears went 2-2-2 in MVC play to finish fourth in the league, but were knocked out of the postseason on penalty kicks.

Brewer's team was outstanding at home in 2012. The team's seven shutouts all occurred at Plaster Field. His team had six-straight home shutouts and had not allowed a goal at home for 685 consecutive minutes until overtime of the final regular season match.

In 2011, Brewer's team went 12-5-2 and 4-1-1 in the Valley. Brewer guided the team to a school record 11-match unbeaten streak from Labor Day until the last match of the regular season. During the streak, the Bears registered the first-ever seven-game winning streak and won four consecutive matches in 1-0 shutout fashion, another first in team history.

Brewer's 2010 squad went 10-6-3 overall and 4-1-1 in MVC play, finishing second in the Valley for a second-straight season. It was Brewer's third 10-win season in the last five years. His team made its 15th-consecutive trip to the MVC Tournament and took regular season conference champion Creighton to overtime of the MVC Tournament finals before ending its season in heartbreaking fashion.

In 2009, Brewer led the Bears to a 9-6-3 overall record and a 4-1-1 conference finish. MSU finished a half game behind Illinois State for the conference title; the second-place finish was the highest conference finish in Brewer's tenure. The team reached the semifinals for the second-straight season and third time in four seasons before dropping a road decision to Creighton in overtime, 2-1.

Brewer led the 2008 squad to a 10-7-2 record and the conference semifinals before Evansville eliminated the Bears from the MVC Tournament. It was the sixth time Brewer had reached double-digit wins in a season at Missouri State.

The 2007 Bears squad ended the season with an overall record of 6-11-2 and a 2-2-2 Missouri Valley Conference record. Brewer's squad made its 12th trip to the MVC Tournament and earned a fifth-place finish in the Valley. The Bears defensive line was strong, holding opponent offenses to a 0.81 goals-against average. Missouri State suffered a tough offensive drought, scoring the lowest number of goals (16) and points (43) in Missouri State history in a single season.

In 2006, Brewer and the Bears' program celebrated their 100th win with a 2-1 overtime victory over Alabama A&M on Sept. 8 at the Arkansas Lady Razorback Classic. The squad had many highs and lows. The team's six-match winning streak from Sept. 1-17 tied a school record for consecutive victories. The Bears would win only three of their last 12 matches, however, to finish 10-9-2. MSU rebounded to avenge a regular season loss to Illinois State by knocking off the Redbirds in the first round of the MVC Tournament in Normal. A 1-0 overtime loss to MVC champion Drake ended the Bears' season.

The 2005 Bears ended the season with an overall record of 9-4-5 and a 3-1-2 Missouri Valley Conference record. Brewer made his 10th consecutive trip to the State Farm MVC Tournament and landed a third-place finish in the Valley. With the finish, the Bears matched the best regular season finish in MSU school history.

In 2004, the Bears finished with an overall record of 9-4-4 and a 3-2-2 record in the MVC, finishing the season tied for fourth place in the league. The year also saw three MSU all-time team records set in fewest goals allowed (13), goals-against average (0.73) and fewest saves (97).

In 2000, Missouri State won its first MVC Tournament championship and made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The squad finished the season 12-11-1 overall and set a single-season team record with 11 shutouts.

In 2003, Brewer guided the Bears to a 9-9-3 overall record and a 5-2-0 MVC mark. The Bears advanced to the MVC tournament semifinals for the seventh time in eight years before losing 1-0 to eventual champion Illinois State.

Brewer led the Bears to their fourth straight winning season at 8-7-3 and a winning MVC conference record of 3-2-2 in 2002. Northern Iowa spoiled the Bears' chances of advancing to the MVC tournament semifinals for the seventh straight season, however, by defeating the Bears, 2-0, in the play-in game.

In 2001, Brewer and the women's soccer team enjoyed postseason success for the third straight season. After an up-and-down season, Missouri State entered the tournament as a fifth seed, beating fourth-seeded Drury in a tournament play-in game to earn a second straight semifinal game against Illinois State. Missouri State upset top-seeded Illinois State, 2-0, earning the Bears a spot in the championship for the third straight season. In the final game, Missouri State lost a heartbreaker to Evansville, 2-1, spoiling its hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.

In 1999, Missouri State posted a 14-7-1 record and finished runner-up at the Valley tournament after a grueling 3-2 loss to Evansville in three overtime periods. That season, Missouri State set team records for goals scored (65), assists (52) and wins (14).

A 1977 graduate of Lynchburg (Va.) College, Brewer came to Missouri State after seven years at Elon (N.C.) College, where he was assistant professor of physical education and served stints as coach of the men's and women's soccer teams. During his tenure, Elon made the move from NAIA affiliation to NCAA Division II in 1992-93. Brewer enjoyed tremendous success with the Elon women's soccer team, serving as the program's leader from 1989 to 1993 and compiling a 68-28-2 record, including four straight conference titles. In 1992, he was named the NAIA Regional Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Fightin' Christians to a 19-6 mark, an NAIA regional championship and a spot in the national semifinals in Tacoma, Wash.

In each of his first two coaching jobs, from 1985 to 1989 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk and from 1978 to 1985 at Roanoke College in Salem, Va., Brewer took men's teams with sub-.500 records and turned them into winners, producing 11 consecutive winning seasons. At Roanoke, he coached current Missouri State men's soccer coach Jon Leamy for four seasons.

Brewer, who earned his master's degree in education from Virginia Tech in 1981, was a standout soccer player at Lynchburg and competed as a high jumper on the Hornets' track and field team. He won the school's Outstanding Male Athlete Award as a senior in 1977 and was inducted into the Lynchburg Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

The Lynchburg, Va., native was selected by the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Committee to serve on the Central Regional Advisory Committee in February of 1998.

Brewer and his wife, Karen, have two daughters, Katie and Molly. Molly is a senior for the Bears this season.


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