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Brad Bolton hired as assistant for women’s soccer team

Riverdale, New York — Brad Bolton to return to Manhattan women’s soccer team as assistant and head coach Brendan Lawler Bolton previously served on Lawler’s staff for five seasons from 2016 to 2021, three of which he served as associate head coach.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have a coach of Brad’s caliber return to the program,” Lawler said. “He was an integral part of our deep playoff runs in his previous tenure on the staff and, more importantly, the overall development of our players.”

Bolton helped take Manhattan women’s soccer to long-unreached heights during her first stint with the program. In 2017, Manhattan reached the MAAC Championship Game with Bolton on the roster. That season, the Jaspers also produced a program-high in goals scored (33) in MAAC play, aided by the efforts of MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Erica Modena. The program followed that up with their second-best goals-against average in 2018, allowing 1.15 goals per game.

“I am very excited to return to the Manhattan women’s soccer program and help our student-athletes achieve their soccer, academic and career goals,” Bolton said. “I would also like to thank athletic director Irma Garcia and head coach Brendan Lawler “For the opportunity to continue to strengthen the reputation of our program.”

With Bolton on the roster, Manhattan has earned 10 All-MAAC selections and 67 All-MAAC Academic Team honors. The program has also been honored with an NSCAA Team Academic Award for its efforts in the classroom.

“Brad has made tremendous contributions to our women’s soccer program over the years, and I am excited to have him return as an assistant coach,” said Athletic Director Irma Garcia. “Working alongside Coach Lawler, Brad will be instrumental in the success of our student-athletes both on and off the field.”

Bolton served as interim head coach for the Iona women’s soccer program in 2015 before coming to Manhattan in 2016. She spent two seasons with the Gaels, and prior to that, she had assistant coaching stops at Concordia College and Central Methodist University. Bolton also assisted with the New York Magic and New York Rush Patriots club teams.

Bolton has served as an assistant coach for the Yale women’s soccer team for the past three seasons.

Bolton is a graduate of Central Methodist, where he earned four letters on the men’s soccer team. He was a two-time captain of the Eagles and was named Team MVP during the 2004 season.