USL: Brandt leaves Navy for struggling Riverhounds

Dave Brandt, the winningest active coach in Division I men's soccer, quit his job as Navy's men's coach to become the coach of the USL's Pittsburgh Riverhounds, who were winless until Saturday's 2-1 win over Toronto FC II.

Brandt, a four-time NSCAA Division III Coach of the Year at Messiah in his hometown of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, replaced Mark Steffens, who coached his final game in the Toronto FC II match, then revealed he was leaving. The Riverhounds have a 1-4-3 record and made national news when star forward Romeo Parkes assaulted New York Red Bulls II defender Karl Ouimette. Parkes was kicked off the team and suspended for the season by the USL.

Pittsburgh owner Tuffy Shallenberger told the Tribune-Review parting ways with Steffens was "most crushing thing I've ever had to go through in my business times."

In his 19 years of college coaching, Brandt had a .786 career winning percentage (310-72-34) and was the fastest coach in NCAA men's soccer history to reach the 200-win mark. He won six Division III national titles at Messiah before leaving for Navy, where he spent seven years. In 2013-14, Navy won a combined 27 matches -- tied for the highest two-year win total in the program's history.

"I could not be more excited about the opportunity to join the Riverhounds organization," said Brandt in a statement. "The Naval Academy is an extremely special institution, and 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."
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