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Brooks joins NKU staff, Spivey named Centre’s Assistant Coach

Brooks joins NKU staff, Spivey named Centre’s Assistant Coach

DANVILLE, Ky. – The Centre men's soccer coaching staff has made a few changes this offseason, as former assistant Sam Brooks has accepted a position at Division I Northern Kentucky University. Tate Spivey, a volunteer assistant with the Colonels last year, takes on Brooks' role as the primary assistant for Head Coach Jeb Burch.

Brooks helped the Colonels finish 12-5-2 overall last season, including a 5-0-2 mark in-conference and an appearance in the Southern Athletic Association title match. He joins Norse second-year manager Stu Riddle, who went 7-6-4 in 2017 as NKU completed its transition to Division I.

"I loved my time at Centre working with the players and coaching staff," Brooks commented. "It really is a fantastic place to work and I got to learn a lot about the college game under Jeb's guidance. I hope I had a positive impact on the team and cannot wait to see what they do this coming fall with a very talented group of players."

Spivey, who enters his second season on the Colonel sideline, assumes lead assistant duties for 2018.

"I'm very excited to continue working at such a prestigious school and program, and start my time as the primary assistant," Spivey said. "We are ready for 2018 to get underway, as we return a lot of key players and have a great group of incoming freshmen, as well."

Of the moves, Burch noted: "I am obviously very happy for Sam. Moving to the Division I game was one of his goals and to make the jump after just one year with us speaks loads about his ability. While only with us for a short period of time, he definitely left a positive mark on our team and players for the future.

"While we had good candidates for the open position, Tate knows our players and program very well, as well as our training environment and SAA opposition. He is also well connected in the recruiting world. Our players really like him, I trust him, and he is the obvious choice. I am excited to get our 2018 season going."

These moves are made on the heels of Centre adding two volunteer assistants in Tim Masthay and Assane Ndiaye earlier this summer.

Centre officially kicks off its regular season Aug. 31 at home against Gallaudet. The scheduled start time from Andrew P. Amend Field is 5 p.m. ET.