Bret Mollon enters his first season as the men's soccer volunteer assistant coach.
"We are really excited to welcome Bret to the Michigan State soccer family," MSU head coach Damon Rensing said. "Bret had several qualities and experiences that jumped right out at us. He is very good at training goalkeepers. Being a former Division I goalie, he knows the level and what is expected both in training and in games. Bret's personality will relate to our players very well. Bret also grew up in the state of Michigan and his family has ties to MSU. When you combine all of these qualities, he is a great fit for Michigan State soccer."
Mollon joins Michigan State after three successful seasons as the assistant goalkeepers coach at Coastal Carolina University. The Chanticleers made the NCAA tournament in all three of Mollon's seasons and were ranked as high as fourth in the country during the 2015 campaign, the highest ranking in school history. In his first season at CCU, his goalkeepers set the school and conference record for shutouts in a season with 12 and followed it up with a Big South Championship in 2014.
"First and foremost, I would like to thank Shaun Docking, Kyle Russell and Paul Hogan for giving me an opportunity with the Coastal Carolina Soccer programs. I am lucky to have started my coaching career with such great people, and I am very thankful for everything I learned there. I am extremely excited to be working with the Michigan State men's soccer team," Mollon said. "I would like to thank Damon Rensing for giving me this opportunity to work with his program. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with a program with such a great history and a brighter future."
Mollon also spent two seasons as an assistant with the Coastal Carolina women's soccer program, helping their goalkeepers establish new school records for shutouts and fewest goals allowed in a season.
"Bret comes to us from a successful program in Coastal Carolina," Rensing said. "Shaun Docking is a very good college coach, so having Bret learn from Shaun has provided him with a great start to his college coaching career."
Mollon earned a kinesiology degree from Temple University in 2012 and spent three years starring on the school's soccer team. He finished his career with a goals against average of 0.80 (a school record) and captained the team as a senior. Mollon ranks second all-time in Temple's record book with 25 career wins to go with 21 career shutouts. In 2008, he set the Temple school record for shutouts in a single season with nine and was a Soccer News Net nominee for national player of the year.
Prior to Temple, Mollon was a Summit League All-Academic honoree as a freshman, while at Oakland University. A native of Washington, Mich., Mollon also won a national championship with the Michigan Bucks of the PDL in 2006 and participated in a USL combine as well as preseason action with the Harrisburg City Islanders. He's also spent time with the NPSL's Detroit City FC as a player and goalkeeping coach.
"Michigan State has a great reputation for developing student athletes into model citizens in the community and producing successful professional athletes, and I'm glad I can have a part in that. I am very happy to continue my career at Michigan State University," Mollon said.