Brian Bahl was named head coach of the Minnesota State women’s soccer program in the spring of 2013, becoming the fourth head coach in the program’s history. In four seasons with the Purple and Gold, the two-time NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year and 2015 NSIC Coach of the Year has amassed an overall record of 73-9-7, including four appearances in the NCAA Tournament during the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons. His record against Northern Sun Conference competition is 54-3-3.
During the 2013 season, the Mavericks boasted a 17-3-2 overall record, including a 13-1-1 mark in NSIC action. The 2013 season also saw MSU claim both the NSIC regular season and tournament championships for the first time in program history. Minnesota State was awarded the region’s top seed in the NCAA Tournament where it was eliminated in the second round.
The 2014 season proved to be one for the record books as the Mavericks ended their season with a 22-1 record, including an unblemished 15-0 record in NSIC action. For the second straight season, the Mavericks claimed the NSIC regular season and tournament championships as they once again advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they would fall to Central Missouri in overtime in the “Sweet 16”.
The 2015 season saw the Mavericks once again go undefeated in conference play with a 14-0-1 record and claim yet another regular season conference championship. The Mavericks advanced to the “Sweet 16” in the NCAA Tournament and finished with a record of 18-2-2.
In 2016, the Mavericks fielded one of the youngest teams in the nation and capped the season off by winning another NSIC Tournament Championship and earned a trip to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mavericks finished with a record of 16-3-3.
In four seasons, Bahl has seen 26 Mavericks claim All-NSIC honors, including Korey Kronforst, who was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 and 2015, Breanna Steel and Emily Erickson, who were named NSIC Defensive Players of the Year, and Molly McGough, who was named the NSIC Goalkeeper of the Year. The Mavericks have also claimed 20 NSCAA All-Central Region honors during Bahl’s tenure at Minnesota State, to go along with multiple All-American accolades.
The 2013 season saw Kronforst become the first Maverick to receive Daktronics First Team All-American honors, while Tori Meinhardt received CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team honors. Emily Moris was named to a pair of All-American teams in 2013 including the NSCAA All-American Third Team and the NSCAA Scholar All-American Third Team.
The All-American accolades continued to roll in during the 2014 season as four Mavericks combined for nine All-American awards. Steele would go on to receive three All-American awards including NSCAA First Team All-American, NSCAA Scholar All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-American First Team honors. Moris received her second NSCAA Scholar All-American award to go along with NSCAA All-American First Team honors, while Kronforst claimed CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team and NSCAA Scholar All-American accolades. McGough also received NSCAA Scholar All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team honors as well.
All-American accolades rolled in again in 2015. Kronforst was named NSCAA 1st Team All-American, CCA/Daktronics 2nd Team All-American, NSCAA Scholar All-American, and CoSIDA Academic All-American. Kiana Nickel was named NSCAA 2nd Team All-American, CCA/Daktronics 3rd Team All-American and NSCAA Scholar All-American.
As a team, the Mavericks have also excelled in the classroom as 65 student-athletes have been named to the NSIC All-Academic Team during the last four seasons. Three Mavericks have also received the NSIC Myles Brand Award, which is bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes boasting a 3.75 GPA. The Mavericks have also garnered four NSCAA National Team Academic Awards under Bahl.
Prior to coming to MSU, Coach Bahl spent six seasons at the helm of both the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Upper Iowa University. On the women’s side, the Peacocks qualified for five NSIC tournaments in that time and amassed 64 wins and 17 draws – the best stretch in the history of the program. His win-loss record in his six seasons as head coach of the women's soccer program at UIU was 64-42-17. Bahl ranks as the winningest coach in the history of both programs at UIU and the first coach in program history to win more than 100 games combined between the two programs.
Bahl’s 2012 Peacock women’s soccer team posted a record breaking 15-3-2 overall record and an 11-2-2 mark in NSIC action. The team’s total wins and conference wins established new season highs for the Peacocks as they finished third in the NSIC regular season standings. During the 2011 NSIC Tournament, UIU upset the No. 1 seed, but just missed making the finals as it fell in a shootout 6-5 after a 1-1 tie.
A total of 30 women were placed on the All-NSIC teams during Bahl's six seasons at UIU. Four of his players were named to the Daktronics All-Central Region team, and four more to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region teams.
Before joining Upper Iowa, Bahl served as the assistant coach of the Northern Iowa women’s soccer team for two seasons and also served as the head coach of the women’s soccer team at Mount Mercy College for three seasons. Bahl also served as an assistant coach at Wartburg College and spent six seasons as the head coach of the boy’s soccer team at Waterloo West High School.
Bahl, who served as Executive Director/Director of Coaching for the FC Midwest Soccer Academy (U5-U18) from 2005-10, is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the United States Soccer Federation. Bahl holds a Premier Diploma from the NSCAA, along with a national coaching license from the USSF and an NSCAA goalkeeping diploma. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Iowa.
A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Bahl and his wife Jamie have three children – Aubrey, Colten and Caden. They also have a white lab named Cooper.