Chad Wiseman became the seventh head coach of the Bronco men’s soccer program on Jan. 31, 2013. Wiseman began his coaching career as an assistant coach at WMU and went on to build Division III Olivet into a top 25 program. As a student-athlete, Wiseman was a four-year letterwinner at Western Michigan, leading the team in scoring for three.
Over his collegiate coaching career, Wiseman has recruited and developed 36 All-Conference, 10 All-Region, two All-Region Scholars and one Academic All-District NCAA soccer players.
The 2014 Broncos finished with an 8-7-4 overall record, going 2-3-1 in the Mid-American Conference. Western Michigan was ranked as high as No. 6 in the Great Lakes Region over the course of the year. WMU advanced to the MAC Tournament for the second-straight season under Wiseman.
During the regular season, Western Michigan defeated Akron for just the third time in school history, knocking off the No. 19-ranked Zips, 1-0, on the road in October. The loss was just Akron’s second MAC regular-season loss over the previous eight seasons. Senior Jason Grant was recognized to two national soccer teams of the week after registering the game-winning goal.
The Broncos also defeated in-state rival Michigan for the second time in three years in Ann Arbor, taking down the Wolverines in overtime, 1-0.
At the season’s end, a school-record three Broncos were named to the All-MAC First Team, two players collected MAC All-Tournament Team honors and junior Sean Conerty was the NCAA Statistical Champion for assists per game, averaging 0.67.
For their work in the classroom, nine Broncos were named Academic All-MAC and junior Connor Furgason was named an NSCAA All-Region Scholar. Senior Jason Grant was presented with WMU Engineering Student-Athlete Award and senior Adriano Deabreu was named a WMU Presidential Scholar.
For the third-straight year, Western Michigan carried one of the top 3 team GPAs among Division I schools. The Broncos boasted a 3.41 team GPA from the previous academic year.
In its first season under Wiseman, Western Michigan flourished in 2013, finishing as the Mid-American Conference regular season and MAC Tournament runners-up. The Broncos posted a 9-9-1 overall record, going 4-1-1 in conference play. The nine victories set a new program record for the most wins for a first-year head coach at WMU. The Broncos’ 4-1-1 MAC record was its best in school history and it was just the second time ever the team finished regular season runners-up.
The Broncos were at their best when it mattered the most, during MAC competition where the Brown & Gold conceeded just three goals defensively. WMU posted shutouts in the first four conference matches and went 4-0-1 through the first five league games to set up a regular season title game with No. 9 Akron. It took double overtime to decide the regular season champion, as the Zips narrowly edged Western Michigan in front of a packed house at the WMU Soccer Complex, 2-1.
The Broncos claimed the No. 2 seed in the postseason tournament and defeated Hartwick 1-0 in the semifinals, before falling to tournament host Akron in the championship game. It marked Western Michigan’s third showing in the MAC Tournament championship game in the last four years and the fifth appearance in school history.
Western Michigan had several awards roll in during the season for outstanding individual play. Midfielder Marco Lobo, forward Oliver Mayer and goalkeeper Chase Rau were voted Second Team All-Mid-American Conference by the league’s head coaches. Rau led the conference in MAC goals-against average (0.49) and save percentage (.880). Midfielder Matheau Rogers and defender Sean Hazen were recognized by College Sports Madness as first and second team All-MAC selections, respectively.
Defenseman Connor Furgason, Mayer and Rau were named to the MAC All-Tournament team. Mayer, Lobo and Furgason also earned Academic All-MAC status for their hard work in the classroom. Additionally, Lobo and Ryan Lemasters each collected MAC Player of the Week awards.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE:
As the head coach at Olivet, Wiseman guided the Comets to four-straight winning seasons (2009-12) and posted the best winning percentage in the program’s 40-year history, amassing a record of 53-25-6 (.659). The team had a top 25 national ranking and made an appearance in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championship game in back-to-back seasons in 2011 & 2012.
Olivet finished 2012 with a 16-5-1, 10-4 MIAA record, setting the school record for single-season wins, MIAA wins as well as MIAA points (30). The team was ranked in the top 25 in the nation for five consecutive weeks, with its highest ranking at No. 6. Two players were named all-region, a school record seven were named All-MIAA and Cory Werner Hoskins became the first player in school history to be named the MIAA Newcomer of the Year.
Wiseman was the assistant coach at Western Michigan from 2003-08, where he helped guide the Broncos to a Mid-American Conference title and an NCAA Championship appearance in 2003. The 2003 Bronco squad also tied a program single-season record with 12 wins. The Brown & Gold followed that performance with a return to the championship game in 2004, in which WMU finished runner-up. While an assistant at WMU, Wiseman coached 11 All-MAC players and four players that were selected to the All-Great Lakes Region team.
Wiseman also served as the head varsity girls’ soccer coach at Plainwell High School, where he led Plainwell to back-to-back Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division II championship games in 2011 and 2012, winning the state title in 2011. Overall, Wiseman led the Trojans to eight Wolverine Conference (WC) championships and six MHSAA District championships. He earned Coach of the Year honors seven times from the WC and six times from the district. In 2011 and 2012, Wiseman was named the Division II Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year and was the NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year Finalist in 2012.
Wiseman additionally has been a staff coach for the Kalamazoo Kingdom, involved with the Premier and Super “Y” League programs, and a staff coach for the Olympic Development Program Super “Y” League Midwest Division. In 2005, Wiseman served as the general manager for Kingdom Indoor Center and director of operations for the Kalamazoo Kingdom Premier Development League (PDL).
A four-year letterwinner at Western Michigan (1998-99, 2000-01), Wiseman played in 66 career matches and led the roster in scoring in three of his four campaigns. He served as team captain during this senior season. He earned a bachelor of science degree from WMU in 2009.