Brian Wiese, who spent five seasons alongside Bobby Clark as an assistant at Stanford University, enters his fifth season at Notre Dame in 2005. Last year, he and Clark along with assistant coach Mike Avery garnered the 2004 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year award after leading the Irish to the program's first BIG EAST regular-season title. In nine seasons patrolling the sidelines with Clark, the duo has produced a 124-40-22 record, eight consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including two consecutive No. 5 seeds.
Wiese works primarily with the goalkeepers and the Irish defensive unit and has been a force behind their dominating play. Since his arrival in 2001, the Fighting Irish have registered a team goals-against-average of under 1.00 each season. Under his guidance, Notre Dame posted a nation-leading goals-against-average of 0.46 in 2004 en route to the conference's regular-season title. Led by All-American goalkeeper Chris Sawyer and MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist defenders Jack Stewart and Kevin Goldthwaite, Notre Dame allowed just nine goals, posted 12 teams shutouts and registered an overall record of 13-3-3 during the '04 campaign.
The 2004 season followed up an impressive 0.67 goals-against average by the Irish defense in 2003 with 13 shutouts. The '03 edition of the Irish team won the school's first BIG EAST Championship title and moved on to the College Cup Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
In 2002, the Irish finished with a 0.95 goals-against average and posted six shutouts. During the 2001 campaign, Notre Dame registered a 0.98 goals-against average. With the help of Wiese, Sawyer has ranked in the top 10 in goals-against average nationally the past three seasons. Sawyer also earned back-to-back BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2003 and 2004.
During his tenure in Palo Alto, Calif., Wiese helped build the Cardinal defense into one of the top units in the country with Stanford compiling a 71-21-12 record over five campaigns. In 2000, as a team, Stanford finished first in the nation in goals against average (0.44) and shutout percentage (.727), while Cardinal All-America goalkeeper Adam Zapala finished first nationally with a 0.45 goals against average. The '00 Stanford team was equally efficient on offense, scoring 68 goals (the second-most in the country that season) while earning the school's first No. 1 ranking in men's soccer.
The 1998 campaign saw Stanford advance to the national championship game as the Cardinal finished second nationally in the rankings and posted nine shutouts, while registering a 0.88 goals against average. In '97, Wiese helped the Cardinal to an NCAA Championship appearance and 13-5-2 record (including a national ranking of No. 2). That followed up a 10-4-4 season in '96 in which Wiese and the Cardinal staff helped turn around a 5-12-1 team from the season before.
In 1995 Wiese coached the U-17 girls Del Mar Tsunami Club team in San Diego, Calif., before taking the assistant coaching position at Stanford.
"Brian has been a huge part of our success both at Stanford and Notre Dame," says Clark.
"He has been with me now for 10 years as a coach and has been an assistant to teams that have made the (NCAA) tournament eight consecutive years, which is quite impressive. He was also a player with me for three years at Dartmouth. So he has been a huge part of any success that I've had. He has a wonderful rapport with the players and with everyone around the department."
Wiese enjoyed a successful collegiate career as a goalkeeper at Dartmouth. He played three seasons for Clark at the Hanover, N.H., school, and from 1991-94, the Albuquerque, New Mexico, native was a three-year starter and posted 15 career shutouts. As a sophomore, he led the Big Green to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament as Dartmouth finished with an 11-5-2 record. A three-time All-Ivy League honoree, he was selected as team MVP in 1993 and served as co-captain of the 1994 squad. In addition, he was an Academic All-Ivy League selection in both his junior and senior seasons. Wiese also took a term off from Dartmouth to play in Zimbabwe for the Bulawayo Highlanders before graduating in '95 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
Wiese received his master's degree in Product Design from Stanford in 1998. He holds an "A" license from the United States Soccer Federation and a Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Born June 6, 1973, he and his wife Becky, also a Dartmouth graduate and a member of the school's track team, are the parents of three children, daughter, Morgan Anna (4), a son, Teddy Crockett (2) and daughter Maya Cate, who was born June 5, 2005.