Fran O’Leary Named Men’s Soccer Head Coach
Posted: February 8, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Athletics director Tom O’Connor has named Fran O’Leary as head men’s soccer coach, effective immediately. One of the most successful coaches in all of college soccer over the past decade, O’Leary spent the past seven seasons as the head coach at Dartmouth College. He replaces legendary coach Gordon Bradley who retired in December. O’Leary is the eighth coach during the 33-year history of the men’s soccer program.
O’Leary, 38, comes to Mason with a reputation of building a winning program wherever he went. In 12 total years as a collegiate coach, O’Leary has a 126-63-20 record for a .650 career winning percentage.
“Our search for the right person for our program was extensive,” O’Connor said. “His proven record, leadership ability, and effectiveness as a teacher and winner, along with his passion for the game made him the ideal choice to continue the progress of our program.”
“I’m very excited professionally and personally,” O’Leary said. “Professionally, I am thrilled to take over an outstanding program at an extremely progressive institution such as George Mason. Their leadership and integrity is what attracted me to take this step forward. Personally, it is an opportunity to move into a region that is one of the nation’s best in terms of the game of soccer and in the quality of life and sense of community. Coach Bradley is a big part of the tradition and I look forward to continuing to build on his foundation.”