Staff
Head Coach
Fran O'Leary

A veteran coach with a history of bringing success to collegiate programs, Fran O'Leary took over as the head coach of the University of Massachusetts Men's Soccer program prior to the 2015 campaign. O'Leary has experience at multiple levels of collegiate soccer and has spent time coaching at the professional level as well.

In 2017, O’Leary led the Minutemen to both the Atlantic 10 outright regular season title and championship crown as UMass became the first team to accomplish the feat since 1991 on his way to being named the A-10 Coach of the Year. UMass finished the season with a 15-4-3 record, including a 10-2-1 mark at Rudd Field. The Minutemen finished with four all-conference honorees, including first-team and A-10 Rookie of the Year Davis Smith, who earned first-team all-district nods and was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America Third-Team as he became the first All-American for UMass since 2007.

During his four years at the helm of the Minutemen program, O’Leary’s teams have qualified for the A-10 Tournament all four seasons, culminating with regular season and tournament league titles in his third season. UMass climbed from five wins in 2015 to seven in 2016 before winning 15 during the 2017 season, and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. The four consecutive A-10 tournament appearances has only been achieved one other time in the history of the UMass Men’s Soccer program.

O'Leary has 18 winning campaigns and 269 career victories in 28 years as a college head coach, while averaging almost 10 wins per season. His teams have participated in seven NCAA Tournaments and reached the national semifinals twice.

The native of Dublin, Ireland is the 10th head men's soccer coach in UMass history.

Professionally, O'Leary spent two years with Toronto FC in MLS as the Assistant Coach and Director of Player Recruitment. He served as the top assistant coach and Director of Recruitment for Toronto FC of MLS from January 2013 to August 2014. The staff overhauled the roster and saw the team climb from 10th place to third in the Eastern Division during their tenure.

O'Leary served eight seasons as the head coach at Bowdoin College from 2005-2012. He accumulated a record of 74-39-14 with a .638 winning percentage and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.

One of the most distinguished coaches in Bowdoin history, his two best seasons in program annals came in 2009 and 2010. The 2009 squad posted an 11-4-2 mark and an NCAA Tournament berth, before following it up with an outstanding 15-2-4 mark in 2010, which included the team's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory and appearance in the Division III Final Four. That group won the NESCAC regular-season title and lost the tourney title game on penalty kicks before its run to the national semifinals.

The 2010 team collected 12-consecutive victories and 11 shutouts on the year.

O'Leary led the George Mason team from 2001-04, collecting 34 victories and mentored 10 All-Conference selections and a pair of Freshman All-America honorees John O'Hara (2001) and Damian O'Rourke (2002). That duo was a big part in helping the Patriots reach the CAA championship game in 2003 following a third-place regular-season finish that marked the highest in six years.

Prior to his time at George Mason, O’Leary was the head coach at Dartmouth College. He guided Dartmouth to a 56-48-14 record and two NCAA College Cup appearances in seven seasons from 1994-2000, including a 12-6 record and Ivy League runner-up finish in 2000. Dartmouth was 10-4-4 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 1997 as O'Leary was named Division I Coach of the Year by the New England Intercollegiate Soccer League.

O’Leary spent two years as the head coach at Kenyon College from 1992-93. He took over the Kenyon program in 1992 and compiled a .800 winning percentage with a 32-4-4 mark. He led the Lords to the North Coast Athletic Conference regular-season crowns each season and was named the Co-Coach of the Year in 1992. O’Leary was named the NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year after leading Kenyon to its first ever No. 1 national ranking and the 1993 NCAA Semifinals. Mark Phillips set the league points (59) and goals (25) records that season on his way to the Player of the Year accolades.

He got his first head coaching job in 1989 at Division III Elmira College in southern New York. He led the Eagles to a 38-11-2 record over three seasons. He inherited a team with a 3-14 record and turned it around into a 13-4 record his first year.

A graduate of Thomas Edison State University with a Liberal Arts degree, O'Leary began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Boston College form 1986-89 and holds a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma in addition to his UEFA "A" Level License.

Associate Head Coach
Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster joined his former collegiate head coach Fran O’Leary’s staff at the University of Massachusetts prior to the 2017 season after playing under O’Leary for three seasons at Bowdoin College during his four-year career from 2010-13.

At Bowdoin, Brewster was a two-time team captain during his senior and junior seasons and capped off his stellar career by being named a NSCAA First-Team All-American in 2013 after earning All-Region and first-team All-Conference honors in his final two seasons. A two-time Team MVP, Brewster helped Bowdoin advance to the Division III Final Four in San Antonio, Texas while being named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2010. In addition to his accomplishments on the pitch, Brewster was a first-team All-Region and All-Conference honoree and an All-American honorable mention selection for the Bowdoin Men’s Lacrosse team. Brewster earned multiple Bowdoin College awards during his collegiate career. In 2011 and 2013, he earned the Bowdoin Men’s Soccer George Levine Memorial Award for sportsmanship, valor and desire, while receiving the Sid Watson Award that is presented yearly to the student-athlete who has distinguished themselves through athletic performance and leadership of multiple teams at Bowdoin in 2013-14.

In this first year at the University of Massachusetts, Brewster helped lead the Minutemen to the 2017 A10 regular season and conference tournament championships. During his tenure he’s coached 2017 United Soccer Coaches Third-Team All-Region, Second-Team All-Atlantic 10 and Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team center back Brandon Merkiln, as well as, 2017 Second-Team All-Atlantic 10, Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team and 2018 Second-Team All-Atlantic 10 Team center back Konrad Gorich.

Brewster played with the Seacoast United Phantoms of the Premier Development League (PDL) from 2013-2014, where he was the team captain in 2014 for a team that posted an 11-1-2 record on their way to winning the Northeast Division Championship. In 2015, he signed with the Tulsa Roughnecks of the United Soccer League, starting 19 games and ranking eighth on the squad in minutes played. Brewster played for San Francisco FC in the PDL in 2016-17 as a team captain while beginning his coaching career as the head coach at The Bay School of San Francisco in 2016, where he led the varsity boys’ team to their first NCS playoff berth and win since the 2012 season.

A native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Brewster graduated from Bowdoin College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

Assistant Coach/Director of Goalkeeping
Ryan Hulings

University of Massachusetts Men’s Soccer head coach Fran O’Leary announced the addition of Ryan Hulings to the staff prior to the 2018 spring season. Hulings comes to UMass after spending the last two seasons at Virginia Tech, most recently as the goalkeeper coach for the Hokies.

“I am delighted to welcome Ryan to the University of Massachusetts and our men’s soccer program,” said O’Leary. “His playing experience at the collegiate and professional level, coupled with coaching in the ACC for the past four seasons, made him the ideal candidate to join our program. He has developed a reputation as one of the top young goalkeeper coaches and we look forward to him developing both current and future UMass keepers.”

Hulings helped coach Virginia Tech to a 10-10 record in 2017 as they made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament while helping the Hokies to a program-record nine shutouts in 2016 as they advanced to the quarterfinals and finished the season as the No. 8-ranked team in the nation with a 13-5-4 record. Hulings coached Hokie goalkeeper and MLS first-round selection Ben Lundgaard to first team All-ACC accolades and the Hero Sports D1 Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2017.

Prior to his time at Virginia Tech, Hulings served as an assistant at Pittsburgh in 2014-15 while coaching the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Development Academy and serving as the Goalkeeper Director from 2013-15. At Pittsburgh, the Panthers set a new program-record for consecutive shutout minutes with 380 minutes during the 2015 season. During his tenue at Pitt, Hulings coached Dan Lynd, who lead the ACC for total saves in 2014-15 and went on to play professionally for the Rochester Rhinos (2015-17) and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2018-present).

Hulings made his first managerial stop at his alma mater Baldwin Wallace University during the 2013 as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams.

At Baldwin Wallace, Hulings was a four-year letterwinner and a three-year starter from 2009-12, leading the Yellow Jackets to their first NCAA Tournament berth during his junior season. Hulings played 59 games as a collegiate goalkeeper, starting 53 of them on his way to finishing with a 31-16-8 record to go along with 14 shutouts.

After his collegiate career, Hulings spent time with both the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL, where he played three seasons with the team and made his professional debut on July 19, 2013 against Wigan Athletic F.C.

Hulings graduated from Baldwin Wallace in 2014 with a bachelor of arts in sport management.

Director of Soccer Operations
Fred Balbino

Balbino joined the UMass Men's Soccer program as an assistant coach in 2014 as a member of Fran O'Leary's first coaching staff with the Minutemen.

Prior to coaching at UMass, Balbino served as the head coach at American International College for 17 years. Balbino first came to AIC in 1996 as an assistant before taking over the head coaching reins the following year elevating the Yellow Jackets to one of the premier programs in the Northeast-10 Conference. Balbino led AIC to back-to-back Northeast-10 Tournament appearances in 1999 and 2000, the first postseason berths in the history of the program. He is the all-time winningest men's soccer coach at AIC with 109 career victories.

Balbino graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Westfield State University, and received his master’s in criminal justice administration at AIC. Balbino holds a NSCAA Advance National Diploma.

Balbino and his wife Renee live in Ludlow, Mass., with their three children Miranda, Marissa and Mateo.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Amory Houghton

Amory Houghton joined the UMass men's soccer staff in the summer of 2019 as the volunteer assistant coach.

Prior to coming to UMass, Houghton joined the Aurora University men's soccer coaching staff before the 2017 season as a graduate assistant coach. During his at time at Aurora he complied a 21-17-1 record while finishing 2nd in NACC in 2018.

Prior to coming to AU, Houghton coached for one season at Saint Joseph's College of Maine.

Houghton played collegiate soccer at Division II Franklin Pierce University, where he was a four-year contributor as a midfielder for the Ravens. He earned various honors, including NE-10 All-Tournament Team, NCAA All-Tournament Team, and NE-10 All-Conference accolades, during his time on the pitch and tallied 13 goals and 12 assists in 66 collegiate contests.

As a junior, Houghton helped lead Franklin Pierce to the NCAA DII Final Four with the best record (21-1-1) in program history. He also served as a team captain during his senior season.