Andy Fleming is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Wildcats after arriving from Boston University in June of 2007.
"Andy is widely regarded as one of the top assistant coaches in the country," Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan said. "We have had several great assistant coaches here who have gone on to great success as head coaches and I certainly think that Andy is in that category."
In his first two seasons with the Wildcats, Fleming helped NU to its best two-year stretch in program history with a pair NCAA appearances, including a berth in the Elite Eight in 2008. Northwestern achieved a program-best No. 2 national ranking a year ago after being ranked as high as third in 2007 and being nationally ranked for 23 straight weeks. The team's goals-against mark has been tops in the Big Ten each of the last two seasons and marked the third straight year that Fleming oversaw a record-setting team defense.
Fleming's tenure at NU coincides with the program's first two NSCAA All-Americans in school history. David Roth was a second-team pick in 2007 and went on to play for the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer (MLS), while Mark Blades was a third-team honoree in 2008.
Prior to his arrival in Evanston, Fleming was an assistant coach at BU from 1998-2007, spending the last three years as associate head coach. His efforts helped the Terriers to eight winning seasons and six appearances in the top 25, including a national ranking of seventh in 2002. The squad won America East regular season crowns in 2001 and 2004 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2004.
While in Boston, he was part of the recruitment and development of four conference players of the year, four All-Americans, two MLS draft picks, and the owners of the BU records for single-season goals and career assists. He also assembled the BU team which captured an NCAA at-large bid in 2007 and a majority of the 2008 NCAA tournament team. Five of his former players are in professional soccer, most notably Andy Dorman of St Mirren in Scotland's Premier League.
Fleming has been recognized as one of the nation's top assistant coaches by College Soccer News on seven occasions. He has assembled eight consecutive nationally ranked recruiting classes, including the 2009 edition which is rated 17th-best by CollegeSoccerNews.com. These classes have included the 2002 National High School Player of the Year, a Parade All-American, nine high school All-Americans, and four Gatorade State Players of the Year. On the youth level, he served as a co-head coach of the South Shore United Blazers which won the U.S. Youth Soccer East Region Title in 1999 and later went on to secure a spot as the nation's top-rated U17 team in May 2001. The team would go on to produce nine Division I players and two MLS draft picks.
Fleming holds a USSF `A' Coaching License. He is currently completing his master's degree in sports administration at Northwestern.
A former two-year captain at Marist College, Fleming helped lead the Red Foxes to a seventh-place ranking in the New York State Region in his senior year (1996). Upon graduation, Fleming joined the Marist staff in 1997 as an assistant coach.
The Braintree, Mass., native was inducted into the Archbishop Williams Hall of Fame in March 2004.
He and his wife, Amy, reside in Chicago with their newborn son, Brady, who arrived in May of 2009.