Women’s soccer: Brian Dooley leaves FAU to join Missouri after 14 seasons

Mohamed Abdihakim

After a 14 year tenure, Brian Dooley has left his position as FAU women’s soccer coach for a position with Missouri.

As first reported by Owl Access, a press release from Missouri noted that Dooley is leaving FAU to become an associated head coach for the Tigers.

“We are excited to have coach Brian Dooley,” Missouri soccer head coach Bryan Blitz said to Mutigers.com. “His vast head coaching experience over the last 18 years, being in national championship and NCAA scenarios, will be a big benefit.”

In Dooley’s 14 years in Boca, FAU saw three seasons — 2002, 2003, and 2005 — that finished with Atlantic Sun conference titles. In the 2005 season, Dooley led the team to its first NCAA tournament appearance. That same season saw the head coach earn Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year honors.

However, FAU’s record before news of Dooley’s departure stood at 5-12-1 for the 2012 season, having lost the Sun Belt conference championship game to North Texas.

In his playing days, Dooley was a midfielder on FIU’s Division II soccer team. He would help the team to a 1982 national title win. In 1986, Dooley would get his first shot at coaching when he joined the FIU women’s team as an assistant coach.

Dooley would move on to a nine-year coaching stint at Barry University (1990-1999). In that time, he would serve as both assistant and head coach. As head coach, Dooley led Barry to a national championship game while compiling a 53-12-4 record.

“I am grateful to Bryan Blitz, Mike Alden, Tim Hickman, Joe Scogin, and the staff for giving me this incredible chance to be a part of the Missouri family,” Dooley said. “It was apparent to me during this process that Missouri has everything in place for success on the field and in the classroom. I am looking forward to the challenge of competing in the SEC and contributing to our first championship.”

Dooley’s departure leaves an immediate vacancy at head coach for FAU’s women’s soccer team.