The Tigers welcome four new signees to the men's soccer program
Hector Cantele named to the All-Rookie Team for American Athletic Conference
Memphis ends season 9-7-2, 3-4-1 AAC
Memphis eliminated from conference tournament
Memphis is set to play USF for quarterfinals of AAC tournament
Memphis Men's Soccer vs SIUE on September 3, 2014, at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Photos by Joe Murphy
Richard Mulrooney, a 12-year Major League Soccer veteran, is in his first year as the men's soccer coach at the University of Memphis. Mulrooney was named the Tigers' fourth head coach on Feb. 25, 2014.
Mulrooney joined the Memphis staff in January of 2013 as an assistant coach. In his first season as a member of the program, the Tigers were 9-8-1 and earned the No. 6 seed at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Tournament.
Mulrooney's coaching experience includes serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford University (2001, 2002) under the guidance of head coach Bret Simon. From 2003-05, he served as director of the Coach Mulrooney Soccer Academy camps in San Jose, Calif. Additionally, he coached the De'Anza Force Select Club team in San Jose from 1999-2004.
As a player in the MLS from 1999-2011, Mulrooney played for the San Jose Clash/Earthquakes, FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo. Mulrooney was a part of three MLS Cup-winning teams (2001, 2003 and 2007) and was a three-time MLS All-Star Selection (2002, 2004 and 2006). He also played for the United States' National Team, making 14 appearances. He was a member of the 2002 Gold Cup championship team. He also made the 2002 World Cup team as an alternate.
Prior to playing in the MLS, Mulrooney was a standout at Creighton University (1995-98). He helped lead the Blue Jays to four NCAA Tournament appearances and the College Cup in 1996. During his career at Creighton, Mulrooney was named NSCAA All-America first-team (1998), MVC Player of the Year (1998) and was a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference first-team selection (1996, 1997, 1998). He was inducted into the Creighton University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. He earned a degree in marketing from Creighton in 2005.
A native Memphian, 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. Mulrooney is married to the former Shelley Steinwand and they have two boys, Hayden and Logan.