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Ken Hassler

Head Coach
Alma Mater: Plymouth State '85
E-mail: khassler@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 637-4348

Ken Hassler became the head men’s soccer coach at Catawba College prior to the 2013 season.  He came to Catawba from the University of Montevallo (Ala.), where his teams compiled a 43-12-8 record and two Peach Belt Conference championships.  The Falcons also earned three straight NCAA tournament bids, and were ranked No. 2 in the nation at one point.

In addition to winning games at Montevallo, Hassler’s 2011 and 2012 teams also earned NSCAA team academic awards. 

Prior to Montevallo, Hassler was head coach at Pfeiffer (2004-10) and turned that Falcons squad into yearly NCAA Division II contender.  Prior to Hassler’s  arrival , Pfeiffer had won just 11 games in the previous two seasons combined.  Under Hassler, Pfeiffer had top ten regional rankings in 2005-09.  The 2009 Pfeiffer team tied the school record for wins (13) and defeated then No. 1-ranked Lees-McRae.

Hassler began his career as head coach of New England College in New Hampshire, in 1987.  After stops as an assistant coach at Plattsburgh State (1989) and Ithaca (1990), Hassler took over as head coach at Alfred University (N.Y.) in 1991.  Hassler enjoyed a 12-year stay at Alfred, where his teams were consistently ranked in the region.

Hassler graduated cum laude from Plymouth State College (N.H.) in 1985, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education.  He earned his master’s degree in physical education (sport psychology concentration) at Ithaca College in 1991.

 Hassler and his wife, Luisa, reside in Salisbury.  They have two children, Ken and Melanie.


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Andy Brannigan

Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Memphis '93
E-mail: abrannig14@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 637-4348

Andy Brannigan joined the Catawba men’s soccer program as an assistant for the 2014 season.  In addition to helping coach at Catawba, Brannigan also assists in coaching both the varsity boys and girls soccer teams at South Rowan High School.

Brannigan has 20 years of coaching experience at the club, high school, and college levels in Memphis, Tenn.  His most recent positions were as head coach of the boys’ soccer program with St. Benedict at Aburndale High School, and as an Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach for women’s soccer with Rhodes College. 

A 1993 graduate of the University of Memphis, Brannigan earned a bachelor’s degree in finance.  He earned his second bachelor’s degree in health care management, graduating magna cum laude, from Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences (TN) in 2011.

Brannigan holds a USSF “C” license, a NSCAA National Diploma, and a NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 2 Diploma.  He and his wife, Amy, reside in Salisbury. 


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Jaime Moreno

Assistant Coach
E-mail: jjmoreno14@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 637-4348

Jaime Moreno joined the Catawba men's soccer team in 2014 as the goalkeeper coach. Moreno has worked with goalkeepers for over 18 years at all levels.

Moreno has worked with Nicolas Navarro, Mexico's National Soccer team goalkeeper coach, for the last four years. The experience has allowed Moreno the ability to bring a Latin-American style of soccer to the Catawba squad.

Moreno also serves as the Spanish Language Radio play-by-play broadcaster for the Carolina Panthers.

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