An Amazing Run
First, here’s why Birmingham Marian High School girls soccer coach Barry Brodsky doesn’t talk to the media after his team wins a game, unless it’s a state championship game.
It isn’t superstition as was reported often in area newspapers during this season.
“I have some young assistant coaches. I want them to get used to talking to the press,” Brodsky said.
Brodsky, 63, a 1973 Southfield-Lathrup High School grad, ended his media silence this season after the Division 2 state championship game.
Marian beat Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 4-2 June 16 at Williamston High School, winning its second consecutive state title and seventh state championship overall in Brodsky’s amazing 17-year run as coach.
The Mustangs have been state runner-up three times during Brodsky’s tenure and lost in the state semifinals twice. That adds up to 12 trips to the Final Four with Brodsky as coach.
His career record at Marian is 317-26-36.
Brodsky’s teams have put up some gaudy statistics through the years, quite apropos because his “day job” is a certified public accountant with an office in Farmington Hills.
This year’s team was just about perfect.
Marian finished 22-0-1, winning Catholic League Central Division and Catholic League tournament championship in addition to the state crown.
The Mustangs outscored their seven postseason opponents 44-3 and had five shutouts in the seven games. Forest Hills Northern was the lone team that scored more than once against Marian during the state tournament.
So how does Brodsky balance his coaching and CPA responsibilities during income tax season?
“Fortunately, spring break usually comes up early in the soccer season and that gives me an opportunity to do my tax work,” he said. “It’s a busy time, though. I look forward to the end of tax season so I can focus more on coaching.”
Obviously, being a Jewish coach at a Catholic high school hasn’t created any issues in Marian’s girls soccer program.
“We don’t talk about religion much within our team, more about life lessons,” Brodsky said. “But I do try to relate to things the girls learn at school.”
Brodsky’s daughter Allie Brodsky played for him for four years at Marian, winning two state championships and serving as team captain in 2013.
She was an assistant coach for the Mustangs this season after playing soccer for four years at Kalamazoo College.
There is something Marian hasn’t accomplished with Brodsky as coach. The Mustangs have never won three straight state titles.
After winning state championships in 2009 and 2010, they fell to Auburn Hills Avondale in a shootout in their 2011 district opener.
“That 2011 team was probably my best at Marian,” Brodsky said.
After winning state championships in 2003 and 2004, Marian lost to Bloomfield Hills Lahser in its 2005 district opener.
The 2019 Marian team could achieve the elusive three-peat. Eighteen players are expected to return. Many in the group have contributed to Marian’s ongoing 47-game unbeaten streak stretching over two seasons.
“We know we get every opponent’s best shot,” Brodsky said. “When we lose, there’s a mass celebration on the other side. Our girls know what’s expected of them. By the time they’re seniors, they’re indoctrinated. That’s important because each team takes on the personality of its seniors.”
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