NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University men's soccer coach Adam Pfeifer recently announced three new hires to round out his coaching staff for the 2018 season.
Brad Agoos will serve as the lead assistant, while former NU men's soccer players Jeff Purdy '18 and Staige Davis round out the Cadets' coaching staff.
Agoos was a three-time NCAA Division I men's soccer national champion at the University of Virginia, winning titles in 1989, 1991 and 1992. He played at nearly every professional level in the United States from 1993-2000 before starting his coaching career at the University of California-Berkeley. He served as an assistant for the Golden Bears for seven years before getting his first head coaching gig with Division II Seattle University.
At Seattle, he led the program to an NCAA Division II Elite 8 appearance, as well as reaching the No. 5 national ranking in 2007 on top of being selected to its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Agoos has also served as a United States National Team Scout and a professional match evaluator for Major League Soccer.
From August 2013 to June 2015, he served as the Portland Timbers U-18 Youth Academy coach.
Most recently, Agoos coached the Crossfire Premier 2004 Boys United States Soccer Development Academy team for a year. The squad went 28-6-4 over the course of the season and was the only team undefeated in the state of Washington in the USSDA league.
"Brad has a tremendous amount of soccer experience," Pfeifer said. "He won three national championships as a player, played for one of the greatest coaches in US soccer history in Bruce Arena and also worked with Caleb Porter of the Portland Timbers, who is one of the up and coming coaches everyone is talking about in US soccer. He's been exposed to the best of the best that our country has to offer as far as soccer minds. It's incredibly exciting to have a guy who can come in and share those experiences. We're all learning quite a bit from Brad."
Purdy concluded his four-year career with the Cadets last fall, helping guide Norwich to three GNAC Tournament final appearances in four seasons. He played in 69 career games, starting 52 of them. He scored four goals and notched five assists for 13 points playing on the Cadets' back line his entire career.
Norwich went 48-24-11 during Purdy's time in the Cadet uniform.
"Jeff was a key contributor for our program for four years, and has been a leader on the field, in the locker room and in the classroom," Pfeifer said. "As a member of the Corps of Cadets during his time as a student athlete, he will provide insight into the experience of our student athletes in the corps. Jeff will be leaving us in October when he heads to flight school at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, we could not be more proud of Jeff."
Davis played one year with Norwich last fall and will now switch to working beside the bench as a coach this season. Davis had four goals and three assists for 11 points in 16 games played last season in his only year in the Maroon & Gold uniform. He earned GNAC Third Team All-Conference honors in 2017 as well.
"Staige was a standout player for us last season and has been coaching for about six years now and is one of the top young coaches in Vermont," Pfeifer said. "His tactical acumen and passion for soccer are welcome additions to our staff, and will be extremely beneficial for our student athletes."
Norwich opens the 2018 season on Friday, Aug. 31 at Lasell College. The Cadets come back for their home opener on Saturday at 7 p.m. when they host Northern-Vermont University at Lyndon.