Mulrooney Completes @UMTigerSoccer Coaching Staff
May 6, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis head men's soccer coach Richard Mulrooney announced Tuesday that assistant coach Robert Sausaman has been promoted to full time assistant coach and former Stetson assistant coach Tony McManus has taken over as the new assistant coach at Memphis.
Sausaman just concluded his fourth season with the Tigers, where they went 9-8-1 and reached 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.
In 2012, Sausaman coached Jordan Johnson to All-Conference USA Third Team honors and Quincy Thomas to a spot on the C-USA All-Freshman Team. In 2011, the Tigers backline held opponents scoreless in six games and posted a 366:42-minute shutout streak through the middle of October. In Sausaman's first season with the Blue and Gray, he helped transition J.J. Greer from the forward to defender position and helped him earn All-C-USA second team honors.
A native of Gainesville, Fla., Sausaman was a four-year letterwinner for Memphis, starting in 43 of his 67 appearances as a defender. In 2007, he was a part of a Memphis defense that held opponents to a Conference USA-low 0.89 goals per game and seven shutouts. A two-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV recipient, he was also a three-time C-USA All-Academic Team honoree. Sausaman graduated summa cum laude in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and a 3.83 grade-point average at Memphis. Sausaman also received his Master's of Business Administration in May 2011 and a Master's of Science in Sports and Leisure Commerce in August 2012 from the U of M.
Sausaman also serves as a youth soccer head coach in the Collierville Soccer Association for boys age 8 and under, a title he has held since August 2013. From August 2011 to May 2013, he served as a head coach in the MidSouth Futbol Club for boys age nine and under, and spent two summers as a football strength and conditioning coach at the U of M.
"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," Mulrooney said. "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."
McManus arrives at Memphis after spending the 2013 season at Stetson University as an assistant coach, recruiting and travel coordinator for the Hatters.
Before arriving in Florida, McManus spent one season at Oglethorpe University, a Division III school in Atlanta, Ga. In his lone season with the Stormy Petrels, McManus helped guide the team to the conference tournament semifinals and a 9-7 season record.
Before his time in the coaching ranks, McManus spent nine seasons playing in Major League Soccer (MLS), United Soccer Leagues (USL) and the North American Soccer League (NASL). He began his professional career with the Chicago Fire of the MLS in 2004 before joining the Virginia Beach Mariners of the USL First Division.
A native Memphian, McManus spent much of his professional career playing for the Atlanta Silverbacks of the USL First Division from 2005-08 as a midfielder. In 2007, McManus appeared in 30 matches and helped the Silverbacks to the USL Championship Game.
In 2009, McManus moved west to the Portland Timbers of the USL, who went on a 24-match winning streak that season, one of the longest unbeaten streaks in U.S. soccer history. The Timbers went on to claim the USL First Division Commissioner's Cup.
McManus stayed at Portland through the 2010 season before playing for FC Tampa Bay and the Carolina Railhawks, both of the NASL, in 2011.
Since 2004, McManus has worked with numerous youth soccer clubs that include the Roswell Soccer Club, Bridlemile Soccer Club, Vestavia Steamers, Chicago Sockers Soccer Club and the Triangle Soccer Club.
"Tony was another person I thought of right off the bat when I was first hired," Mulrooney said. "I got to meet Tony at a recruiting event last year and the impression he made on me was huge. He is a first class person who was raised here in the city of Memphis and brings a ton of credibility with him to the field from his playing days in college as well as MLS. He comes from Stetson University and the knowledge and experience he gained from there will help us tremendously here at Memphis."
A four-year letterwinner at UAB, McManus received his Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Health Education in 2003. McManus was a two-year captain for the Blazers during the 2002 and 2003 seasons as he captured National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and College Soccer News All-American honors during his senior campaign. He also garnered the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year award and was selected to the C-USA First Team and the First Team All South Region in 2003. During his time in Birmingham, UAB was crowned C-USA champions in 1999, advancing to the Elite Eight that season to begin a span of three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
"The program instantly became better with the hire of these two guys and I couldn't be more excited for the soccer program here at the University of Memphis," Mulrooney said.