|Title:||Assistant Men's Soccer Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Leeds Metropolitan University (England), 2005|
After a one-year hiatus, Andrew Branton returns to UMass Boston for his fifth season as an assistant men's soccer coach.
Branton helped head coach Jake Beverlin lead the program to three-straight Little East Conference Tournament Titles and two LEC Regular Season Titles. In 2016, Branton was a part of a coaching staff that led the Beacons to their first trip to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and guided the Beacons into the top five of the National Rankings for the first time in program history.
Currently serving as the Boys Director of Coaching for Aztec Soccer (Beverly, Mass.), Branton comes to UMass Boston with a wealth of knowledge having coached at the club, college and academy levels.
Branton, who is a native of East Yorkshire, England, started his coaching career at the age of 17 by earning his FA Level One Coaching Certificate (English Football Association) in the summer of 2001. From there he went on to coach in the Northern Premier League, as well as with the Leeds United AFC’s youth development center and academy, and the East Yorkshire Girls Football Association.
While coaching, Branton went on to earn his degree in Sports Management from Leeds Metropolitan University. He would also go on to earn his FA Level Two and Three Coaching Certificates (UEFA Coaching License) and his FA Premier League Talent Identification qualification.
Over the last nine years that Branton has been in the United States, he has coached at numerous camps and clinics working with both club and college level players. No stranger to the Division III level, he has worked on the coaching staffs of Newbury College (MA) for 1 year and Bates College (ME) for 4 years. Andrew completed his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma in 2014 and the Premier Diploma in 2015.