After eight seasons as an assistant at Marquette, Steve Bode (Milwaukee Marquette/UW-Milwaukee) is heading east to join the coaching staff at Brown.
Bode confirmed this week that he will be the top assistant on coach Patrick Laughlin's staff for the Ivy League program in Providence, R.I. (Update: Brown officially announced Bode's addition Thursday night)
The Bears finished 10-5-2 overall and third in the Ivy with a 4-1-2 record last fall, and two Wisconsin natives saw significant action during the season: Sophomore midfielder Quinn English (Milwaukee Marquette) and freshman defender Jack Hagstrom (Middleton).
Bode was a two-time team MVP during his career with the Panthers, playing his first two seasons under coach Louis Bennett, and the defender was selected by the Chicago Fire in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft in 2008.
Bennett added Bode to his staff that same year, and the Golden Eagles compiled a 65-63-22 record in his eight seasons – including NCAA tournament berths in 2012 and '13 and a share of the Big East Conference regular-season title and the conference tournament title in 2013. In 2014, Bode was recognized as one of the top assistants in NCAA Division I men's soccer in the annual College Soccer News listings.
Bode, who has a USSF "B" coaching license, also coached with Bavarian SC and served as a local scout for U.S. Soccer, a role he will continue in the Northeast Region.
"I'll certainly miss Wisconsin, but my family and I are looking forward to this new adventure," Bode wrote in an email.
Bennett added Sean Hughes (Cardinal Stritch) to his staff in January, joining incumbent Marcelo Santos and new volunteer assistant Jon Mroz (Milwaukee Marquette/UW-Milwaukee), who will coach the team's goalkeepers.
On Twitter: @Bode_Steve
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