Worcester, Mass—After 18 years as a member of the Clark University Athletic Department, Associate Athletic Director Joe Brady has announced his resignation following the 2018-2019 school year. Brady will continue his career in college athletics as the Athletic Director back at his alma mater, Anna Maria College. The Anna Maria College AMCATS compete in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).
"For 18 years, Joe has been the heartbeat of Clark Athletics. During his time at Clark he has been a mentor to student-athletes, a leader in the department, and a friend to his colleagues. Joe's dedication and passion for athletics has gone unmatched and we have all benefited greatly from his tenacious appetite for perfection. Anna Maria will be in great hands, and we wish Joe the best of luck. I know I speak for everyone when I say thank you Joe, and you will be greatly missed," said Director of Athletic and Recreation Trish Cronin.
Brady began his tenure at Clark in 2001 as both the women's soccer coach and the sports information director before moving into a full-time coaching role in 2006. In 13 seasons on the Cougar sidelines Brady led Clark to eight appearances in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament, including eight in his last nine seasons. His teams advanced to the conference semifinals on four separate occasions, and advanced to the ECAC Tournament Championship in 2005.
He mentored 13 all-conference players and five more All-New England honorees and his teams always excelled in the classroom with 56 selections to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team.
As the winningest head coach in Clark women's soccer program history, Brady stepped away from coaching following the 2013 season with 89 career victories in 13 seasons at Clark and 156 overall after beginning his coaching career with 67 wins in five seasons at Anna Maria.
Brady was promoted to Associate Athletic Director at Clark in the spring of 2014 after serving as Assistant Athletic during the 2013-2014 academic year. In his role as Associate Athletic Director he oversaw the department's alumni endeavors, contest scheduling, intramurals, sports information, event operations, facility rentals, and served as the direct report for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse and baseball. He also served as the liaison to information technology and as the Director of the Clark University High School Tournament.
Prior to Clark, Brady spent five seasons at his alma mater, Anna Maria, as women's soccer coach and sports information director. He helped build the AMCATS into a conference power and regional contender. He was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 1997 as the AMCATS won their first ever CCC Tournament and won a school record 17 games. The AMCATS appeared in three CCC tournament title games and made two ECAC tournament appearances during his five years at the helm.
"I am excited about the opportunity to return to Anna Maria College. There a lot of exciting things happening on the Anna Maria campus and within athletics and I am looking forward to working with a great group of coaches, staff and student athletes," said Brady.
"This is a bittersweet decision to leave Clark. I am grateful for the opportunity that the University has provided me throughout my time in the athletic department," he continued. "I will miss the coaches, staff, students and people throughout the campus but look forward to watching the athletic department and University continue to grow".
"I want to thank Anna Maria President Mary Lou Retelle and current Athletic Director Serge DeBari for this exciting opportunity to lead the athletic department at my alma mater. There is great momentum under their leadership and I look forward to continuing to move athletics at Anna Maria forward".
On top of his commitment to college athletics, Brady also dedicates time in the club soccer world, Mass Youth Soccer and Worcester Youth Soccer. He has coached for Juventus, Fuller Hamlets, Inter Bandits, BEST FC and is currently coaching for FC Stars Worcester along with working for the Mass Youth ODP program as part of the goalkeeper staff for many years and volunteers currently as a coach for Worcester Youth Soccer.
A 1996 graduate of Anna Maria with a degree in business administration with a focus on management information systems, Brady was a four-year letter winner and team captain for the AMCATS. He graduated from St. John's High School (Shrewsbury) in 1992 and was a three-year varsity soccer player.
He resides in Worcester with his wife Melissa and their daughter Keira (10) and son John (6).