Ian Brophy is in his second season as assistant women’s soccer coach at Florida Southern after joining the program on February 1st, 2017 shortly after the arrival of new head coach Paul Lawrence. Brophy had previously served under Lawrence at Knox College, where they led the Prairie Fire to their first Midwest Conference regular season and tournament championships in 2016, as well as the team’s first trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament. In their first year together at Florida Southern, Brophy and Lawrence combined to lead the Moccasins to their best record (8-3-4) in seven years, and their first appearance in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament since 2013.
Brophy’s coaching career began at Treasure Valley Community College in 2014 where he spent two seasons as an assistant for both the women’s and men’s teams. In his first year there, he helped the Chukars host their first ever women’s soccer home conference playoff game while setting single-season records for wins with a 16-3-3 record. Treasure Valley women’s soccer also made its first ever appearance in the NWAC quarterfinals that year. In 2015, TVCC women’s soccer ended the season on a school record eight-game unbeaten run and returned to the NWAC playoffs with a record of 12-6-2.
After moving to Knox College in 2016, Brophy helped the Prairie Fire to a 19-1-1 overall record and a 9-0 mark in the Midwest Conference. They set numerous school and conference records along the way, and out-scored their opponents 65-6 with 17 shutouts and a 0.28 goals against average that ranked fifth in the nation in Division III. They also ranked third nationally in shutout percentage (.810), seventh in save percentage (.903) and 23rd in scoring offense (3.10 goals per game). Within the Midwest Conference they were first or second in nearly every statistical category. Knox also earned a top-25 ranking in the NSCAA national poll for the first time in program history. Five players earned All-MWC honors, and three were named to the NSCAA All-North Region Team.
While at Knox College and Treasure Valley, Brophy served the programs in a variety of areas, including recruiting, opposition scouting, clinics and camps, training plans, game planning, video analysis, and travel coordination. He recruited and coached players that have gone on to play in the WPSL, NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
In 2016, Brophy also served as Assistant Director of Soccer at YALLA in San Diego, an organization that uses soccer combined with academic programs to help refugee and immigrant youth rebuild their lives and get into college.
A native of Miami, Florida, Brophy earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Emerson College in 2012 in journalism. He holds a USSF National C Coaching License and has been a head coach at the middle school, high school, and competitive club levels.