USL Memphis President Craig Unger, Head Coach Tim Mulqueen and Sporting Director Andrew Bell at AutoZone Park. | Photo courtesy USL Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – USL Memphis President Craig Unger and Sporting Director Andrew Bell announced on Wednesday the club had named 20-plus-year coaching veteran Tim Mulqueen as its first Head Coach.
Mulqueen, who brings vast expertise to The Bluff City, most recently served as assistant coach for Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer from January 2017 until this summer. Mulqueen also coached in MLS with the Kansas City Wizards, now Sporting Kansas City, from 2000-04 and the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, now the New York Red Bulls, from 1996-99.
Mulqueen is scheduled to throw out a first pitch before the Memphis Redbirds game at AutoZone Park on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. Fans can meet Mulqueen by purchasing a specialty ticket package that includes a ticket to the game, a meet-and-greet from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and a complimentary beer or soda, at www.memphisredbirds.com/meetthecoach.
USL Memphis Head Coach Tim Mulqueen brings more than 20 years of professional coaching experience to his new position. | Photo courtesy USL Memphis
“I’m honored to be named the first Head Coach of USL Memphis,” said Mulqueen. “Memphis is a soccer town, and I’m excited to get started. This team will reflect the values of this great city. No one will work harder or play harder. Our fans, and all Memphians, will be proud to call us their own.”
“This is an exciting and important day for our team,” Bell added. “Tim’s track record speaks for itself; he’s vastly experienced and has coached at the top levels consistently for many years. His USL and MLS experience in particular will help tremendously as we begin the process of building the playing squad.”
“We’re excited to announce Tim Mulqueen as the first Head Coach in USL Memphis history,” said Unger. “After a thorough and extended search, we’re confident that Tim is the right choice to lead our team into its inaugural 2019 USL season.”
The ties between Mulqueen and USL Memphis advisor and soccer legend Tim Howard run deep, as Howard credits Mulqueen with getting his career started at the age of 12, when Mulqueen took notice of his immense talent and drive and welcomed Howard to train for free at his skills clinic in Metuchen, N.J.
It all came full circle when Mulqueen then coached Howard professionally with the MetroStars at the onset of his pro career, which eventually developed into one of the finest in American soccer history.
“I’ve known Coach Mulqueen my entire soccer career,” Howard explained. “His eye for talent and his ability to inspire his players and teach the game is unmatched. His work ethic and character extend far beyond the pitch. I have no doubt that the city of Memphis will rally behind him and our team.”
In addition to his MLS coaching experience, Mulqueen was the goalkeeper coach for the United States at the 2005 and 2007 FIFA U-17 World Championships, the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2007 and 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cups.
After graduating from St. Joseph’s University in 1988, Mulqueen played professionally in the American Premier Soccer League and United Soccer League until 1995.