The Five-Minute Interview: Greg Andrulis, Head Men’s Soccer Coach
Posted: September 27, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By David Driver
Greg Andrulis is in his third season as the head men’s soccer coach at Mason. Last year, he led the Patriots to their first NCAA appearance in 10 years, although Mason lost at home to Bucknell in the opening round after placing fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Before he came to Mason, Andrulis spent nearly 10 years as an assistant and head coach with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. Prior to coaching in the MLS, he was the head coach at Wright State in Ohio.
Andrulis, a Connecticut native, was named the MLS coach of the year with Columbus in 2004 as the Crew finished first in the Eastern Conference.
This season, Andrulis added assistant coach Kenny Arena to his staff. Arena is a graduate of nearby Oakton High School, and played at the University of Virginia and for the MLS team, D.C. United. He is the son of Bruce Arena, former University of Virginia, D.C. United and U.S. national head coach; now the head coach for the MLS New York Red Bulls.
This year’s Mason team improved to 3-2-1 overall with a 2-1 win at Richmond on Sept. 22.
For the five-minute interview, we asked Andrulis to complete the sentences below.
If I wasn’t talking to you now, I’d be … reviewing our match tape and getting ready for training.
My favorite thing about working at Mason is … incredible student athletes.
The last book I enjoyed was … “Warm Springs,” by Susan Shreve, [a Mason professor] in the English Department.
My favorite television shows are … news and sports.
Some of my hobbies are … my passion is my family.
I’m very bad at … patience.
I joined Mason because … I was very fortunate to have a rewarding 10-year run with the Columbus Crew, and I’m a better coach because of the experience. But I love the college game. When the George Mason position opened up, I was very intrigued. My wife and I took a little time and looked at things, and decided it was a good situation. I’m very happy I made the transition back to the college game.
My MLS background is helpful at Mason because … the ability to share experiences that I have had coaching players like [former Columbus stars] Brad Friedel, Brian McBride, to our current players is invaluable. I have learned a lot from working with the best players in the world, and now I’m in a position at Mason where those experiences can be utilized to help our current team and players.
My thoughts on working here are … George Mason University is going to be a destination for young men that are serious about having a great academic experience as well as a great athletic experience. This is a first-class academic institution. We have a terrific athletic department with a lot of support for soccer. I fully believe that things are in place for us to take this soccer program to the highest level.
The athletic department has been outstanding, not only professionally, but personally as well. Athletic director Tom O’Connor is an outstanding administrator with a great soccer legacy that many people don’t know about. He’s also a terrific person.
My philosophy of working with others at Mason is …
A clear conception of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal clearly defined, a strong confidence that we can attain that goal, a focused concentration on what it takes to reach that goal, a stubborn consistency in pursuing our vision, an emotional commitment to the importance of what we are doing, a good character to guide us and keep us on the proper course, and a capacity to enjoy the process along the way.