Intercollegiate Athletics Adds to Coaching Staffs
Posted: August 24, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Greg Andrulis will take over as head coach of the men’s soccer team at George Mason, becoming the ninth coach in the team’s 37-year history. He replaces Fran O’Leary, who resigned on Aug. 10.
Andrulis comes to Mason with 24 years of collegiate and Major League Soccer (MLS) coaching experience. He was MLS Coach of the Year in 2004, but was recently relieved of his coaching duties after spending nine seasons with the Columbus Crew.
Andrulis joined the Crew in MLS’s inaugural season in 1996 as an assistant to Tom Fitzgerald and was named interim coach midway though the 2001 season after Fitzgerald was fired. He was given the job full-time after guiding the Crew to a 12-4-4 record in the remaining games in 2001.
Prior to joining Columbus, he was the head coach at Wright State University from 1985 to 1996. He posted a 12-year record of 134-72-28.
Andrulis earned his BS in psychology in 1980 from Eastern Connecticut State University. After spending a year as an assistant coach at his alma mater, he moved to Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he coached the junior varsity and freshman teams while earning a master’s degree in counseling. He then spent three years as an assistant coach at Clemson University, where he helped the Tigers win the NCAA Championship in 1985.
George Mason University filled a hole in its coaching staff when former Mason standout and professional All-Star Jeff Palumbo was hired as an assistant coach, filling the spot formerly occupied by Ken Munoz. Munoz left the baseball staff in July to return to teaching full-time.
Palumbo was a leader with the Patriots from 2000 to 2004, graduating from Mason as the Colonial Athletic Association’s two-time Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time All-CAA selection. As a senior, he was the Student-Athlete of the Year in the conference for baseball as well as Mason’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year and Willard Award winner.
Palumbo will work with the infielders on defense and assist Head Coach Bill Brown with the hitters.
Palumbo is Mason’s all-time record holder in hits (283), at-bats (865), games played (218) and games started (217). He is second in all-time in runs scored (205). He is also top 10 all-time at Mason in stolen bases (4th with 48), total bases (6th with 365), RBI (7th with 134) and walks (9th with 99). As a senior, Palumbo led the nation in runs scored (1.4 per game) and finished the season with a .402 average. He led Mason to an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament in 2004, Mason’s first appearance in the postseason tournament since 1993.
He was drafted in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by San Francisco and assigned to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Palumbo was invited back this past spring by San Francisco, but he chose instead to retire from professional baseball.