Robert Sausaman promoted to full time assistant coach; Tony McManus named assistant coach
Tigers to hold camp for competitive players high school aged and above
Head Coach Richard Mulrooney to conduct first youth camp
2014 Memphis Soccer Winter ID Camp set for February 8, 2014
Head coach Richie Grant to conduct summer camps.
Memphis Men's Soccer vs SIUE on September 3, 2014, at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Photos by Joe Murphy
Robert Sausaman is in his fifth season with the Tigers soccer program, returning to his alma mater in 2010.
"As soon as I found out I was going to be hired as head coach, I knew Robert was someone I wanted to keep on the staff," said head coach Richard Mulrooney. "His loyalty to the university from his playing days here at Memphis to his time working under coach (Richie) Grant is priceless to me. He is familiar with what happens on the field from his playing experience and he knows the ins and outs from already being in the office as well so it was a "no brainer" for me. More importantly, Robert's character is second to none and one that I believe is a good role model for the boys in terms of learning the game and the values that come with that."
Last season, the Tigers posted a 9-8-1 mark, reaching as high as No. 19 in the country. Memphis placed three on the all-conference lists in the American Athletic Conference's inaugural season in 2013 with forward Mark Sherrod and midfielders Liam Collins and Raul Gonzalez earning accolades. Primarily in charge of the Tigers defenders, Memphis' opponents were shut out in four contests while six teams were limited to just one goal throughout the season.
In 2012, Sausaman was in charge of a defensive group featuring returnees J.J. Greer, Jordan Johnson, Chandler Gagnon and Andreas Guentner and freshman Quincy Thomas. Under Sausaman's tutelage, Johnson earned All-Conference USA Third Team honors, and Thomas garnered C-USA All-Freshman Team accolades.
The Tigers' backline was instrumental in securing six shutouts in 2011, the program's most since 2007. One of those six shutouts came in Memphis' 1-0 win over No. 18 Bradley, a game in which the Tigers defense held the Braves without a shot-on-goal.
On the strength of the defensive backline, Memphis posted a 366:42-minute shutout streak that began against Marshall, included games versus FIU, UNO and Tulsa and ended with a 90th-minute, penalty-kick goal at UAB. The penalty kick at UAB was the only goal the Tigers surrendered in a span of 484:38 minutes from the end of the Marshall game until the middle of the Central Arkansas contest.
Under Sausaman's direction, Greer converted from his forward spot in 2009 to the backline in 2010. The move proved a successful one for Greer, who earned 2011 All-C-USA Second Team honors, in addition to taking home the final C-USA Defender of the Week award of the 2010 season.
As a Tigers defender from 2005-08, Sausaman started 43 of his 67 appearances and tallied three goals and four assists (10 points). Sausaman was part of a stout 2007 Tigers defense that held opponents to a Conference USA-low 0.89 goals-per-game and earned seven shutouts. In 2008, Sausaman served as one of six senior captains.
The Gainesville, Fla., native was the 2007 Tommy Smith Award recipient, given each year since 2000 to the Tiger who best exemplifies high academic standards, dedication, love of the game and sportsmanship.
Sausaman also was a standout in the classroom while completing his undergraduate work. A two-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Team member, Sausaman was a Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal recipient and a three-time C-USA All-Academic Team honoree.
While fulfilling his duties as a full-time assistant, Sausaman also took graduate courses in sports and leisure commerce and business administration. He earned his Master's of Business Administration in May 2011 and Master's of Science in Sports and Leisure Commerce in August 2012.
Sausaman has an older brother, Kent, who is a licensed attorney.