Conor Branson begins his first season at Marshall in 2017 after coming over from University Charleston with Coach Grassie as both a player and coach. Originally from Pontefract, England, Branson spent his time growing up in the Barnsley FC Academy from the age of 11. He signed his first professional contract at the age of 18 with Barnsley FC, where he was reserve team captain and featured on the bench with the first team squad. After leaving Barnsley one year later, Branson signed and captained the Nike Academy. It was here where he was recruited by Coach Grassie, to attend the University of Charleston.
At the University of Charleston, Branson was a 3-year captain and led the team to the most successful stint in the school’s history which included three Conference Championships, 2 Regional and Super-Regional Championships, back-to-back Final Four appearances and a National Championship Game. Branson also received many individual accolades in those there years, which included being a two-time First Team All-American, two-time All-American Scholar, two-time Elite 90 winner, two-time MEC Defender of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year, and he was also named the All-American Defensive Player of the Year. Branson graduated in 2015 with a degree in Sports Administration, with a GPA of 3.98.
After graduation, Branson began his Masters whilst playing his last year of eligibility at the University of Charleston. After his final season Branson signed with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL. Branson played 14 games in the 2016 season, before returning to the University of Charleston as a Graduate Assistant. In the Fall of 2016, Branson helped the team from the sidelines to its second National Championship Game. He graduated in December 2016, with a Masters in Business Administration.
Conor currently holds a UEFA B license and has worked with the local club West Virginia Futbol club for five years as well as West Virginia ODP