Mason Sports Roundup
Posted: August 15, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Men’s soccer Coach Fran O’Leary has resigned and accepted the head coaching position at Bowdoin College in Maine.
“Fran did a tremendous job with the program in his four years at Mason,” says Tom O’Connor, assistant vice president/director of athletics. “We appreciated his loyalty and enthusiasm to the job, but obviously we understand this move is necessary for strong personal reasons and we wish best of luck to him and his family.”
O’Leary leaves Mason with a 34-33-12 record, including an 11-6-6 mark in 2003, when the Patriots advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title contest.
Meanwhile, the soccer team was chosen seventh in the 2005 CAA Coaches Preseason Poll. Virginia Commonwealth University took the top spot, while Old Dominion came in second. Mason returns only four starters and 10 letter winners from last season’s squad and will add seven freshmen and one transfer to the 2005 roster.
George Mason’s women’s soccer team was selected to finish fifth in the expanded CAA for the upcoming 2005 season in voting conducted by the league’s head coaches.
The announcement marks the second consecutive season the Patriots have been picked to finish fifth in the league race. Last year’s team ultimately tied for third overall in the standings.
Defending CAA women’s soccer champion Virginia Commonwealth was the overwhelming choice to capture the title again in 2005. Hofstra was picked second. Perennial power William and Mary was third and James Madison came in fourth.
The George Mason women return 13 letter winners from a team that finished 10-7-3 overall last season under Coach Diane Drake.