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Brendan Nash

 
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Brendan Nash returns for his 20th season as head coach and 23rd season as a member of the Bucknell men's soccer program.

Nash was appointed the program's 13th head coach in 1999 after serving as the assistant coach for three seasons. Nash, who owns the highest winning percentage (.532) in program history and is second on the wins list with 174, has been successful throughout his tenure at Bucknell. The squad has finished at least .500 in the competitive Patriot League in 11 of the last 14 seasons under his direction, and in four times the team has captured Patriot League championships, with NCAA Tournament first-round wins following two of those titles.

In 2006, the Bison won their first Patriot League Tournament title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament thanks to an overtime goal that gave it a 1-0 first-round victory at George Mason.

In 2009, Bucknell set program records for wins (17) and shutouts (12) in a season, captured the Patriot League regular-season title, defeated Lafayette and American to win the PL Tournament on its home field, and blanked Princeton 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament. As an encore, the 2010 Bison won the Patriot League crown as the No. 4 seed, knocking off host Colgate and American in the tournament. A 1-0 overtime loss to homestanding Penn ended the team's run of NCAA first-round success.

The Bison returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, this time winning the Patriot League title as the No. 5 seed in the second year of an expanded six-team playoff format. Bucknell blasted No. 4 Lehigh 4-0 in the quarterfinal round of the tournament, then advanced to the final by outlasting Navy in penalty kicks. In the championship match, the Bison defeated top-seeded and host Boston University 3-2 on Sebastiaan Blickman's dramatic overtime goal.

Bucknell's success under Nash has not been limited to the championship seasons. In 2014 the Bison won 13 games — second-most in program history — went 8-1-1 on the road and defeated American in a home Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal tilt. In 2008, Bucknell played No. 10 Ohio State to a 1-1 tie and then defeated Penn State 2-0 to claim the team title at the Nittany Lion Classic in September. It was Bucknell's first win over Penn State since 1975. The Bison repeated the feat with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over No. 15 Penn State in 2010 in State College. In 2002, Nash led the Bison to a then-school-record 13 wins.