Coach Brady leads top-ranked soccer team

By CURTIS J. PHILLIPS, Connect Contributor

Connor Brady

Connor Brady

In its thirty-first year history within the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), the Keyano Huskies have had five teams placed in the top ten rankings in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) weekly polls. The Huskies men’s soccer team have done it twice.

Last year, they had a final season ranking at No. 5, with a fifth place at the CCAA Championships held in Toronto and hosted by Sheridan College.

Undefeated in eight ACAC regular season games to-date for the 2015 fall campaign; the Huskies are currently ranked at No.1 from coast-to-coast-to-coast. They achieved this status on September 29, 2015.

They are a solid team having outscored the opposition 34 goals to three. They are led on the offense by Brazil natives Rodrigo Wogel Koebsch (nine goals in seven games) and Pedro Bianchi (nine goals in seven games) with rookie sensation Kyle Cummings from Kingston, Jamaica (notching eight goals in five games).

On October 4, Bianchi scored an Oklahoma hat-trick (five goals), against the visiting The Kings University Eagles in a 7-0 victory at Shell Place. For Huskies men’s soccer head coach Connor Brady, the sport of soccer is all about family, whether it be outdoor or indoor (futsal).

The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association announced the Keyano Huskies men’s soccer were listed No.1 for two weeks in a row on October 6, 2015. Huskies will be hosting the ACAC Men’s Provincial Soccer Championships starting on October 31. PHOTO: Sean McLennan, Keyano College

The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association announced the Keyano Huskies men’s soccer were listed No.1 for two weeks in a row on October 6, 2015. Huskies will be hosting the ACAC Men’s Provincial Soccer Championships starting on October 31. PHOTO: Sean McLennan, Keyano College

In four short years, Brady has taken the program to National prominence and has earned accolades with various ACAC Soccer, as well as, Futsal Coach of the Year awards. He has guided the men’s futsal team to three consecutive gold medals. His overall record in ACAC soccer/futsal is 42 wins seven losses and three ties with 264 goals for and 105 goals against.

Not bad for a kid who grew up in Fort McMurray, along with his brother, Rory and sister, Shauna (where soccer and Irish Dancing meshed into the household fabric).

“In our house you either did soccer or Irish Dancing,” said Brady, 30, who moved to town with his family at the age of three from Edmonton; his brother and sister having been born in Dublin, Ireland.

His father, George Brady, was a leading voice in the development and growth of local youth soccer for decades and even now, relocated to Sherwood Park, is still coaching.

“I learned my coaching skills from my dad, who is a very technical guy and talented coach. I had the luxury growing up and learning from him and other quality coaches,” said Connor.

“I learned my coaching skills from my dad, who is a very technical guy and talented coach. I had the luxury growing up and learning from him and other quality coaches,” said Connor.

A graduate of Father Patrick Mercredi Catholic High School, where he was a two-sport athlete with soccer under cleat and volleyball under sneaker, Connor played post-secondary soccer for the Keyano Huskies for two seasons and another for current arch rival NAIT Ooks in Edmonton.

Married to Kaitlin with sons, Liam (four years old), and Cillian (five months), Brady makes sure he has a proper balance, as he reflects back on his own life growing up with the sport.

“Growing up, soccer was everything. At times there was too much soccer and at times it became a wedge and it was a priority over everything. It was what we knew and were good at.”

“Growing up, soccer was everything. At times there was too much soccer and at times it became a wedge and it was a priority over everything. It was what we knew and were good at.”

Huskies will be hosting the ACAC Men’s Provincial Soccer Championships from October 30 through November 1, 2015 at Shell Place.

– Connect Weekly –