When Travis Brent was hired as men’s soccer coach at Franklin Pierce last December, he knew he was inheriting a championship-caliber program.
The Ravens capped off an unbeaten 2022 season with a Division 2 national title, which included a win over the University of Charleston (W.Va.), where Brent had been an assistant coach for four seasons, in the quarterfinals.
Brent used words like "incredible" and "phenomenal" to describe Franklin Pierce’s play.
He wanted the Ravens to stay on the ascendancy under his charge, but he did not want an encore performance per se. He had his own approach that was tactically different than that of previous coach Reuben Resendes (now at Bryant), who favored a possession-oriented style during his four seasons. Brent wanted the Ravens to hold possession, but also look for moments to be more direct in attack and put opponents under constant pressure, with and without the ball.