Dave Brandt Joins Pittsburgh as New Head Coach

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

Dave Brandt has agreed to become the new head coach of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds just one day after the release of Mark Steffens.

Steffens and the Riverhounds agreed to mutually part ways after a disastrous start to the season which saw the team go winless through seven matches. The team currently sits second to last just above FC Montreal and have only garnered six points all year long.

“We appreciate what Mark has done in his time with the club,” said owner Tully Shallenberger. “You never like to see things of this nature happen, but we both agreed that this was the best decision for the club’s future. We wish Mark the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Brandt was the winningest active coach in NCAA (310-74-34) and had spent the last seven years with the US Naval Academy.

“I could not be more excited about the opportunity to join the Riverhounds organization,” said Brandt. “The Naval Academy is an extremely special institution, one that I will always hold close to my heart. My time there was a truly life impacting experience, but the opportunity to coach professionally in a great sports city like Pittsburgh is one that I couldn’t turn down. I am looking forward to my time with the Riverhounds organization, one which without question has great potential.”

Brandt will be thrown directly into the fire as his first game in charge will be a trip to Red Bull Arena to face a team that is quickly becoming a rival in New York Red Bull II. They are also the team in which Romeo Parkes had his ill-fated altercation and subsequent release from the team.


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