Entering his seventh season with the Rams, Brett Teach has been instrumental in elevating VCU to a national stage.
After serving as the head coach at Tusculum College, Teach has helped the Rams to a 56-44-22 record that has involved national rankings, as high as eighth in the country, and two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
VCU has developed 16 players who have received professional contracts during Teach’s time at VCU thus far, including Chicago Fire player Jason Johnson.
“We are very excited that Brett is part of our staff here at VCU,” said Head Coach Dave Giffard. “He had a tremendous amount of success as a head coach over the last 20-plus years. Building a championship staff is just like putting together a championship team, and we took a big step in that direction the day we hired Brett. With players, and staff alike, we try to find the most talented, hard-working people possible, and Brett certainly epitomizes the type of person we want to associate with our program.”
Teach took Tusculum to a 41-18-5 record over three years that included back-to-back conference championships and back-to-back SAC Coach of the Year awards. In 2008, he took them to the Elite Eight, and Tusculum finished the regular season ranked seventh in Division II.
Prior to taking the reigns at Tusculum, Teach reached extraordinary levels of success at NAIA Auburn University at Montgomery. Piling up a 139-12-6 record over seven years, Teach led AUM to three NAIA National Runner-Up finishes, four Final Four appearances and five Elite Eight performances.
In the spring of 2015, Teach was inducted into the AUM Hall of Fame, after transforming the program into a national contender.
Teach has also spent time coaching at Georgia State, Oglethorpe and Erskine Universities, and has amassed a 375-208-28 overall record as a college head coach. Spending ten years coaching women’s soccer, Teach has a 270-141-19 record coaching on the men’s side.
During his successful career, Teach has been named Conference Coach of the Year nine times. He has also received NAIA Region XII Coach of the Year and NAIA South Region Coach of the Year on four occasions, while earning NSCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors in 2008 and NAIA National Coach of the Year accolades in 2000.
A four-year starting goalkeeper at NAIA King College, Teach helped his team to an 18-2 record and a NAIA Tournament Berth in 1984. He was named as an All-American that season. He brings his background filled with success with him to VCU.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of VCU Soccer,” Teach said. “I believe very strongly in the vision that Coach Giffard and the athletic department have set for men’s soccer, and I certainly feel that I can help contribute. It is fun to be a part of such an energetic and enthusiastic staff, and build off of the energy and positive experiences I had at my other stops. I feel very strongly that VCU creates unique and special experiences for the players and the staff.”
He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/History from King in 1986 and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in the spring of 2008.