Brandon Bowman, a 21-year head coaching veteran was named the 10th head coach in Carnegie Mellon University history in the spring of 2014. Since that time, Bowman has led the Tartans to three NCAA appearances and 70 wins in eight seasons.
The Tartans started 2021 strong with a 6-1-2 mark in non-conference play, including a win against #20 John Carroll, before the gauntlet of the University Athletic Association. The team ended the year with a strong 2-1 win against Case Western Reserve University and had three players honored on the All-Association team. The 2020 full season was canceled due to COVID-19; however, the program played three spring games with a 3-0-0 record.
The 2019 season saw four Tartans garner All-UAA accolades. Senior Jack Painter was named to the first team for the second time, while senior Jacob Moskowitz, sophomore Jason Edmunds, and senior Elliot Cohen earned honorable mention selections. Cohen was also named to the All-Great Lakes Region Third Team by United Soccer Coaches. Additionally, junior Alex Singh was recognized for his performance on the field and in the classroom as he was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team.
The 2018 team returned to the NCAA tournament for the third time under Bowman following a 10-4-3 regular season with wins against two nationally ranked opponents, including a 3-1 win against No. 8 Case Western Reserve in the regular season finale to propel the team into the postseason. After advancing on penalty kicks in the first round, the Tartans fell 2-1 in overtime at No. 10 Kenyon, ending the season ranked 18th in the country. Seniors Jack McCambridge and Zack Masciopinto were honored for the combination of their athletic and academic performance as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans while junior Jacob Moskowitz was an ECAC All-Star and junior Elliot Cohen a United Soccer Coaches All-Region honoree.
In 2017, while playing one of the toughest non-conference schedules that included three opponents ranked seventh or better and a gauntlet UAA schedule that saw four teams make the NCAA tournament and two advance to the national semifinals, the Tartans collected a 10-4-3 record and just missed out on its own NCAA berth for the third straight season. Junior Zach Masciopinto repeated on the All-Great Lakes Region team and was joined by senior Jimmy Jameson. The pair also earned All-UAA first-team honors while two others picked up second-team recognition.
The 2016 season saw Bowman win his 200th career game and lead the Tartans to the program's 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Tartans earned Bowman's first NCAA win at Carnegie Mellon when they topped Ohio Wesleyan University, 2-1, in the first round. The Tartans, finished the season ranked 20th nationally with a 13-4-2 record and a second-place showing in the University Athletic Association, which sent five teams to the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore Zach Masciopinto earned NSCAA All-Region honors after leading the team and the UAA in goals scored with 13.
Bowman led the Tartans back to the NCAA Tournament in his second season at the helm as the team finished the season with an 11-4-3 record. Three games into the season, the Tartans took down #3 Messiah by a 4-3 score and went on to finish third in the University Athletic Association. Senior Connor Webb was named the program's eighth NSCAA All-American and first since 2009 while five players earned All-UAA recognition.
Bowman's first year with the Tartans turned in an 8-5-3 record against some of the top teams in Division III, as the team faced three nationally ranked opponents and five NCAA tournament participants. Individual honors were given to junior Connor Webb who continued the trend of a Carnegie Mellon men's soccer player being named to the NSCAA All-Region team as the 2014 season marked the 14th time in 15 years at least one Tartan received the honor. Additionally, five players were named to the All-UAA squad.
Bowman came to Carnegie Mellon after a rich tradition of success at Division III Transylvania University, where he served as the head coach since the 2002 season. During his tenure, Bowman compiled a 168-39-31 overall record and a 77-7-9 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play. The four-time HCAC Coach of the Year also guided seven teams to the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Elite Eight in 2009 and the Sweet 16 in 2007.
In just his second year at the helm, Bowman led the Pioneers to a 17-1-2 mark, including a 16-game unbeaten streak, setting a new school record for single-season win percentage.
While in Kentucky, Bowman also served as a coach with Lexington F.C. since 2001. As a head coach from 2003-2010, the USSF “A” Licensed coach mentored players on the U-13 through U-19 teams, winning Kentucky State Championships in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009.
Prior to his hire at Transylvania, Bowman was head coach at Elmira College in New York from 2000-2001. He was also an assistant for the men’s and women’s programs at Division I Miami University of Ohio from 1998-2000. Including his record at Elmira, Bowman’s overall mark of 179-46-31 entering his role with the Tartans placed him eighth all-time in winning percentage (.760) for Division III.