The 2019 season is Chris Brown's 15th as head coach at Kenyon. In his time on campus he turned a struggling program into one that racked up a combined 176 victories in the last 12 seasons including 11 wins in the NCAA Tournament the last six seasons. In those last six seasons, the Lords have reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round twice.
A year ago, Kenyon put forward one of the best offensive seasons of all-time on the way to an 18-1-3 record. That included an 8-0-1 North Coast Athletic Conference mark, the second straight undefeated conference campaign. Brown helped mentor David Anderson and Bret Lowry to NCAC Midfielder and Defender of the Year accolades, respectively, while also guiding the program to its fourth-straight NCAC Championship.
In 2017, the Lords posted a 16-3-3 record, went 9-0 in the NCAC, making it just the sixth time in the NCAC era that that was accomplished. Additionally, the Lords made the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season and advanced into the second round.
During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Brown's squad was among the best in the nation. In 2015, at one point, two major polls had the Lords ranked No. 1 and by the end of the season, the team had posted a 19-2-1 record and appearance in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. That was followed up in 2016 by a 20-3-0 mark, the most wins in single-season history and another trip to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.
In 2010, he guided the Lords to a 15-3-2 record and their first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament since 1997. In 2013 and 2014 Brown directed the Lords to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament Sweet 16.
Brown holds both the USSF and UEFA 'A' licenses. He is renowned for his innovative fitness methods, his teams' ball-oriented zonal defending, and a zest for coaching teams to play with attacking flair. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the position from his past experiences coaching elite youth players, working at Division I and Division III programs, and from professional coaching employment. He has coached in the USL for Columbus FC (which reached the playoffs in 1994) and is a highly-respected former Director of Coaching for Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. He has also coached at Marquette University, Ohio Northern University, and Wittenberg University.
Between the 2006 and 2007 seasons, he groomed his team well enough to show a 10-win improvement leading to one of the program’s best seasons in recent history. The 2007 season began a four-year stretch the Lords enjoyed double-digit win totals, topping out at 15 in 2010. Since stepping on campus, Brown’s teams have featured 86 all-conference selections, five NCAC Defensive Players of the Year, two NCAC Newcomers of the Year, 18 All-Region honorees and six All-Americans.
Brown was a coach in Region II ODP where he has been a Head Age Group Coach and had the opportunity to work with numerous Major League Soccer clubs such as Sporting Kansas, Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire, Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls as well as Premier League club, Manchester United, and Scottish League club, Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He has also served as an assistant coach for the USSF U14 national team under head coach Manfred Schellscheidt.
Brown was awarded his bachelor's degree and full colors as a player at Queen Mary, University of London, which is part of the United Kingdom’s Russell Group. He earned his master's degree from The Ohio State University.
Darren Moore enters his eighth season will the Lords men’s soccer program. He brings with him a wealth of experience as a Division I and professional player as well as a successful coach of nearby schools.
In his seven seasons at Kenyon, Moore helped the Lords to an impressive 126-18-14 overall mark, 5 regular season titles and 5 conference titles and six appearances in the NCAA Division III sweet sixteen and as well as two NCAA Elite 8 appearances. In his time at Kenyon, he's attracted some serious talent including multiple NCAC Midfielder, Defender and Offensive Player of the Year award-winners and numerous All-America selections.
No stranger to the state of Ohio, Moore most recently served as an assistant at The College of Wooster seven seasons. In 2005, he joined the Fighting Scots women’s soccer program where he helped recruit and develop two All-Americans, five all-region selections, four academic All-Americans, one North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year, two NCAC Players of the Year, one on the defensive side and one on the offensive side. From 2008 to 2010, he helped Wooster to a conference championship, tournament runner-up finish, and a season that the team won the most non-conference matches in team history.
Prior to his time at Wooster, Moore played professionally with the Northampton Town Football Club (Northampton, England) for two years. During his collegiate career, he was a two-time all-conference player at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, which at one time ranked No. 16 in the country at the NCAA Division I level, and won two Mid-Continent Conference titles.
His coaching career also spanned to Toledo, Ohio where he led the PaceSetter Soccer Club to seven state championships and had multiple individual player success stories including one U21 national team pool player, one professional player, and numerous state and regional recognition selections. As the Director of Coaching with PaceSetter SC, Moore helped groom 40 teams to the state semifinals, 28 state finalists, and 15 state titles over a seven-year time span. He also was an assistant coach for Heidelberg College from 1996-98.
Moore, whose father played for the world-famous Manchester United and Chelsea FC of the English Premier League, holds the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s national, advanced, and premier licenses, all of which were passed with distinction.
Moore holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development from Wisconsin-Green Bay and obtained his master’s degree in education from Heidelberg. He now resides in Granville, Ohio, with his wife, Nadia, their two sons, Caden and Gavin, and their golden retriever Bob.