December 1, 2016

Interview: Michael Coven, Brandeis men's coach

By Ryan Harmanis

Other Interviews:

 

Coach Jon Lowery (St. Thomas) | Coach Josh Shapiro (Tufts)

Coach Ryan Souders (Calvin)

D3Soccer.com had the opportunity to interview the coaches of the four men’s teams heading to the Final Four. Michael Coven, head coach at Brandeis, spoke with Ryan Harmanis about his perspective after 44 years of coaching, his team’s approach to the game, and their mentality now that they’ve broken through to the Final Four.

Michael Coven - 44th-year head coach of Brandeis
Brandeis Athletics

Ryan Harmanis: Congratulations, what a year you guys have had. Let’s start with the NCAA tournament. You had a pretty tough road, you’ve seen NESCAC schools in the past, but you’ve played them better in recent seasons, and that continued against Amherst [in the Sweet Sixteen]. Have you made any adjustments to facing those teams?

Coach Michael Coven: I think it’s just the makeup of the teams. I think Amherst and Brandeis play contrasting...

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RYAN HARMANIS

Ryan Harmanis

 

Ryan Harmanis played for Ohio Wesleyan from 2007 to 2010 where he was a three-year captain. Following graduation, Ryan continued to follow the D-III landscape before joining D3soccer.com in 2013. He combines an analytical background with a passion for writing and the game of soccer. [see full bio]

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