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. In just his third season as a head coach At Western Michigan, Wiseman was able to do the same with the Broncos, as the program earned its first Top 25 ranking in school history in 2015.
Over his collegiate coaching career, Wiseman has recruited and developed 42 All-Conference, 14 All-Region, three All-Region Scholars and two Academic All-District NCAA selections, as well as two NCAA statistical champions.
As a student-athlete, Wiseman was a four-year letterwinner at Western Michigan, leading the team in scoring for three.
Academically, Western Michigan has been one of the nation's leaders year in and year out. For the last four consecutive years, Western Michigan has carried a top 5 team GPAs among all Division I men's soccer programs.
The Broncos set a new school record for shutouts, posting 12. As a team, WMU finished the season ranked second in the nation for shutout percentage. The 11 wins was one shy of tying the school record of 12, accomplished in 1988 and 2003.
Western Michigan finished 2015 with an 11-4-4 overall record, one of the best seasons in program history. The Broncos were ranked in the Top Drawer Soccer top 25 for the first time ever, debuting at No. 24 and moving up to as high as No. 18. Wiseman collected Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year honors in just his third season.
The Broncos produced four all-region players, six All-MAC selections (including four first teamers), an NCAA statistical champion, nine Academic All-MAC honorees, an Academic All-Region selection and five MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athletes. The six All-MAC and four All-Region selections were the most in a single season in school history. For the third straight year a member of the men's soccer program was named a Presidential Scholar, the highest academic honor that Western Michigan University can bestow on its undergraduates. For the 2015-16 academic year, the team collectively boasted a 3.34 GPA.
The Broncos defended their home turf, where the team lost just one game out of 10 matches at the newly renovated WMU Soccer Complex, which had field upgrades, a grandstand, press box and new sound system added prior to the beginning of the season.
Western Michigan went 3-1-1 during MAC play, battling No. 5 ranked Akron to a 1-1 tie. With the result, the Broncos have not lost a regular-season match to the Zips since 2013, a feat no other program in the conference can tip its hat to.
For the second year in a row and just the third time in program history, WMU produced an NCAA statistical champion, as goalkeeper Drew Shepherd was the NCAA leader in goals against average (.329). Shepherd also finished second among Division I keepers for save percentage (.879).
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, 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.
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 a four-year span and the fifth appearance in school history.
Western Michigan had several awards roll in during the season for outstanding individual play, produced three Second Team All-MAC players, three MAC All-Tournament team selections, and three Academic-All MAC honorees. Two players were recognized by College Sports Madness as first and second team All-MAC selections, respectively, and goalkeeper Chase Rau led the conference in MAC goals-against average (0.49) and save percentage (.880).
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.