Brandon Bianco completed his sixth season as head coach at Case Western Reserve in 2018. Named just the fourth head coach in program history on April 15, 2013, Bianco spent the previous five seasons at Ohio Wesleyan University where he helped the Battling Bishops to the 2011 NCAA Championship and was named NSCAA Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
In 2018, Bianco led the Spartans to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships and qualified for the NCAA tournament for just the third time in school history – and first time since 2011. CWRU went 16-4-2 overall during the campaign and finished the season ranked seventh nationally. The Spartans' quarterfinal finish was the best in the history of the CWRU men's soccer program. In addition, Bianco and his coaching staff were awarded the 2018 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Coaching Staff of the Year honors, as well as being named the University Athletic Association Coaching Staff of the Year. Bianco was also named the 2018 Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association Men's Coach of the Year.
In 2015, Bianco led the program to a 13-4-1 record, the best by a CWRU men's soccer team since 2011 (15-5) and the third best season in school history. The Spartans topped five regionally ranked teams, two NCAA tournament teams and finished second in the University Athletic Association during the campaign. The 2015 team also tallied 10 shutouts, conceded seven fewer goals than the year before and scored 19 more goals than in the previous season. The Spartans earned a spot in the national poll twice during the season, ranking as high as No. 16. Bianco also mentored midfielder Chris Cvecko, who was named the fourth All-American in the program's history, and was the second Spartan ever to be selected as the UAA Most Valuable Player in 2015.
In each of Bianco's six seasons, the Sparans have earned the United Soccer Coaches Academic Team honors.
In his first year at CWRU, Bianco guided the Spartans to a combined 10 wins and ties – six more than the previous season – with three victories versus regionally ranked teams and a winning record on the road. CWRU increased its goal production from the previous season by 50 percent and produced three All-UAA honorees as well as a selection to the OCSA All-Ohio and Academic All-Ohio squads.
Bianco was named to the coaching staff at his alma mater (Ohio Wesleyan) in 2008 and was promoted to associate head coach by legendary Head Coach Jay Martin in 2012. During his tenure, Ohio Wesleyan compiled an unbelievable 91-14-20 overall record with five North Coast Athletic Conference Championships and two NCAC Tournament titles. In addition to winning the 2011 Division III National Championship, the team also qualified for the NCAA Tournament in all five seasons and achieved an NSCAA No. 1 national ranking.
As a player at OWU, Bianco was a four-year letterwinner at midfielder and an All-NCAC Second Team selection in 2006 for a squad that won three conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Championship Final Four.
He graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in health and human kinetics then began coaching at the club level with Classics Eagles, where he served from 2007-13.
Bianco and his wife, Brittany, reside in Cleveland.
Brandon Bianco Coaching Highlights
- 55-39-17 overall record
- Three winning seasons in six years at CWRU
- 16 wins in 2018 was the highest total for the program since 2015
- Quarterfinal finish in 2018 was the best in the history of the CWRU men's soccer program
- Finished 2018 ranked 7th in United Soccer Coaches top-25 Poll which is the highest the team has ever been ranked to end the season
- 2018 Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association Men's Coach of the Year
- 2018 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Coaching Staff of the Year
- 2018 University Athletic Association Coaching Staff of the Year
- 2015 UAA Most Valuable Player, NSCAA All-American and CoSIDA Academic All-American Chris Cvecko
- NCAA Division III men's soccer national committee member (Great Lakes chair)
- Great Lakes chair of the NSCAA Top-25 voting committee
- Named to the inaugural NSCAA 30 under 30 class