Elliott, Gaines and Ambrose net goals for the Mustangs
Brent Erwin 2008
Brent Erwin begins his fifth season (2011) as the Mustangs' head coach after being named to the position in January 2007, following stints as men's soccer head coach at Central Florida and as an assistant coach with the men's team at SMU.
The fifth head coach in the program's history, Erwin returned to the Hilltop after two seasons as the head coach of the Central Florida men's soccer program, which followed a six-year stint as the top assistant for SMU's nationally-prominent men's soccer program. In his first season at SMU, Erwin continued the program's winning tradition, going 9-7-1 in his debut campaign.
"Brent was an ideal candidate for this position," SMU athletic director Steve Orsini said after hiring Erwin for the second time. "He has extensive ties to the area and to SMU. Having hired Brent when I was at Central Florida, I knew that he was well-equipped to lead a program, and his success there only reinforced those thoughts. He understands our goal of being a top-25 program and I am convinced he will keep our program at that championship-level and help us continue our march up the national rankings."
"I'm so excited to be back at SMU," Erwin said. "We have a rich tradition here at SMU. We've been to the College Cup and have numerous conference championships. We've done some things no other schools in Texas have been able to do. We will build on that and we will keep it going in the right direction.
"Ours is a program that is used to success, and expects success. We recruit the finest student-athletes in the nation, because there is a prestige that goes along with playing soccer at SMU, and that's the type of player who will put us back among the nation's elite."
In his two seasons at UCF, the Knights' soccer team went a combined 13-17-3, 5-9-3 in Conference USA play, and was an impressive 10-4-3 at home. In 2006, UCF made its first appearance in the Conference USA Championship, after defeating No. 17 Memphis and tying top-ranked SMU during the season.
Erwin went to UCF from SMU, where he spent six years as an assistant coach under former SMU men's soccer head coach Schellas Hyndman. During that time, the Mustangs compiled an 86-19-7 record and earned six NCAA Tournament berths. After advancing to the NCAA semifinals in 2000, the team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for 14 straight weeks and went as far as the NCAA quarterfinals in 2001. During his tenure, the recruiting classes Erwin helped compile consistently ranked among the nation's top five. He aided in the development of seven All-Americas and 20 all-conference honorees, as well as 2001 Hermann Award winner Luis "Luchi" Gonzalez.
During the summer of 2001, Erwin also was invited to Sao Paulo, Brazil by the Santos Futebol Club, Pele's club and a two-time World Club Champion. At Santos, he worked with all of the teams from Under-12 through Under-23, and observed the training of the professional squad.
Prior to his time working under Hyndman, Erwin served as assistant coach at IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He also has worked with the Under-17 Men's National Team and the Region 3 Olympic Development Program.
As a player, Erwin was a three-year starter at TCU, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in general studies. After exhausting his final year of eligibility, he spent the summer of 1997 training with Leeds United of the English Premier League then trained with the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) organization, playing with their minor league team, the Texas Toros, for two seasons.
Erwin holds a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" Coaching License. He and his wife, Angie, have two sons, Ben and Luke.