MEMPHIS, Tenn.- University of Memphis men's soccer head coach Richie Grant announced, Tuesday, the hiring of Richard Mulrooney to his coaching staff. Mulrooney is a 12-year Major League Soccer (MLS) veteran and a Memphis, Tenn., native.
"We're so pleased to have someone with Richard's credentials as part of our program," said men's head soccer coach Richie Grant. "It's an exciting time for us moving to the Big East. I have great confidence that Richard will be an asset as we move forward."
As a player in MLS from 1999-2011, Mulrooney played for the San Jose Earthquakes, FC Dallas and most recently the Houston Dynamo. Mulrooney was a part of three MLS Cup winning teams (2001, 2003, and 2007) and a three-time MLS All-Star Selection (2002, 2004, and 2006). Mulrooney has also seen time with the United States National Team with 14 appearances in the squad's 2002 Gold Cup win, and he made the 2002 World Cup team as an alternate.
Prior to MLS, Mulrooney was a standout at Creighton University (1995-1998). Mulrooney helped lead the Blue Jays to four NCAA Tournament appearances and the College Cup in 1996. In his time with Creighton, Mulroney was named NSCAA All-America first team (1998), MVC Player of the Year (1998) and All-Missouri Valley Conference first team three times (1996, 1997, 1998). In 2008, Mulrooney was inducted into the Creighton University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Mulrooney was a High School All-American at Christian Brothers High School. As a prep athlete, he played on the winning South Team at the Puma Cup and was a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team.
As a coach, Mulrooney has served as a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford University (2001, 2002) under the guidance of head coach Bret Simon. From 2003-2005, Mulrooney served as director of Coach Mulrooney Soccer Academy Camps located in San Jose, Calf. Additionally, he coached the De Anza Force Select Club team (San Jose, Calf.) from 1999-2004.