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Posted: 1/22/2013 3:59:00 PM

Women's soccer coach Brian Dooley has left FAU, accepting a job as an assistant at Missouri.Dooley will be an associate head coach and is in charge of recruiting. Good like to Dooley. There is no immediate word on his replacement. Below is the press release put out by Missouri.


COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou soccer Head Coach Bryan Blitz has announced the addition of Brian Dooley and Katie Ely to the Tiger coaching staff. Dooley will serve as associate head coach, while Ely will be an assistant coach, focusing on the goalkeepers.

"We are excited to have coach Brian Dooley," Blitz said. "His vast head coaching experience over the last 18 years, being in national championship and NCAA scenarios will be a big benefit. Anyone with his experience is going to help us continue to our goal of being the SEC Champion and also the national champion."

"Katie Ely has final four experience at Duke and she's been in the game a long time," Blitz said. "In addition to her fine goalkeeping knowledge, we are excited to use her other strengths in our benefit and ultimately win an SEC championship and national title."

Dooley brings over 24 years of college coaching experience to Mizzou, including the last 14 seasons as head coach at Florida Atlantic. With the Owls, Dooley accumulated a career record of 139-113, including seven 11-plus win seasons. He led the squad to Atlantic Sun Conference regular season titles in 2002, 2003 and 2005 and the 2005 team also claimed the Atlantic Sun Tournament title to earn the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. That season, Dooley was honored as the Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year.

The following year, Florida Atlantic's first in the Sun Belt Conference, the Owls led all Division I teams in shutout percentage (.762), holding opponents scoreless in 16 of 21 matches.



Before his time at FAU, Dooley spent nine seasons at Barry (Fla.) University, as both head coach (1994-99) and assistant coach (1990-94). The Lady Bucs accumulated a record of 53-12-4 in his four seasons as head coach, including a trip to the NCAA Division II national championship game in 1995. While an assistant at Barry, the team earned the 1992 and 1993 Division II national titles.

Dooley played collegiately at Florida International and was a midfielder on FIU's 1982 NCAA Division II national championship team. He began his coaching career as an assistant women's coach at FIU (1986-1990).

Dooley received a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Nova Southeastern University in 1987. He and his wife, Marie, are the parents of three boys: Sean (23), Connor (20) and Ciaran (13).

"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."

Ely comes to Mizzou from Duke, where she served as the goalkeeper coach for the past two seasons. In her two years in Durham, Ely helped the Blue Devils advance to the NCAA College Cup both years. The squad played in the national championship game in 2011 and the final four in 2012. In her two years with the program, Duke compiled a record of 37-10-3, including program records of 22 wins and just four losses in 2011. Under Ely's tutelage, the Blue Devil goalkeepers set single season records in shutouts (16), goals against average (0.48) in 2011. The keepers' save percentage of .857 in 2011 also ranks second on Duke's single-season list.

Before her time at Duke, Ely spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Syracuse. With the Orange, she coached goalkeepers who set the career saves and shutouts records and earned All-BIG EAST Rookie Team honors.

Ely, a 2007 graduate of Fairfield (Conn.) University, helped the Stags to the 2002 MAAC regular season title and the 2005 MAAC Tournament crown. She is still scattered throughout Fairfield's career records list, as she ranks first in saves average, fifth in saves and sixth in wins, shutouts and goals against average.

Ely holds a bachelor's degree in history from Fairfield and a master's degree in public administration from Syracuse. She holds a U.S.S.F. "B" coaching license and an NSCAA National Goalkeeper License.

"I am so excited to be a part of the Mizzou soccer family," Ely said. "With the entrance into the SEC, this is a great time for the program. I look forward to being a part of their success in a new conference and on a national level. It's an honor and privilege to be here."

Posted: 1/22/2013 8:00:00 PM

Writing was on the wall there as well friends! Another sport where FAU has to upgrade the level of Coaching to become competitive, especially now that we are out of the Belt and into CUSA! Woo Hoo!

Posted: 1/30/2013 8:04:00 AM

Congrats to Coach Dooley! Well deserved! Best of luck!

Posted: 2/15/2013 7:48:00 PM

FAU has found its next women's soccer coach. Patrick Baker is a name that many South Florida women's soccer fans will know. Could be a huge hire for FAU.

Posted: 2/20/2013 2:51:00 PM

Faithful readers knew this last week. FAU announced the hiring of Patrick Baker as its new women's soccer coach today. Here is the release:

FAU Athletics Names Patrick Baker
as Head Women’s Soccer Coach

 BOCA RATON, FL (February 20, 2013) – The Florida Atlantic University Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Patrick Baker as its head women’s soccer coach. He was the former head coach at Florida State University, University of Georgia and University of Pennsylvania, and former associate head coach at the University of California-Berkeley.

Baker brings a winning pedigree to FAU as the only women’s soccer coach in NCAA history to take a team to the Division I, II and III postseason tournaments. He was named the 2003 National Coach of the Year by Soccer America, amassed an 80-46-11 record, and had one team advance to the NCAA Division I Final Four. His teams had 18 wins over ranked opponents, including six victories over top 10 teams.

“We are excited to welcome Patrick Baker and his family to Florida Atlantic University,” said Pat Chun, FAU director of athletics. “Patrick is passionate about developing the whole student-athlete. He has made an impact at every place he has coached. Patrick’s track record as a teacher, coach and recruiter is a great fit for our university.” 

Baker’s NCAA Division I coaching career started at Pennsylvania in the Ivy League for four years, then six years at Florida State of the Atlantic Coast Conference and five years at Georgia of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

“I would like to thank Pat Chun and Senior Associate for Administration Melissa Dawson for this opportunity to lead the Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer program,” said Baker. “After speaking with Pat during the interview process, I share his vision for the future of our athletic department and what our women’s soccer program can become. We have a great opportunity to build a nationally recognized team on and off the field. My family and I know the area well and look forward to being back in Florida.”

Five of Baker’s six FSU teams qualified for the NCAA tournament, and the Seminoles made three Sweet 16 appearances and advanced to the 2003 Final Four. He is the only coach in Georgia program history to take three straight teams to the NCAA women’s soccer tournament. His 2007 Bulldogs’ team had the best record in school history (18-4-2) and posted an 8-1-2 mark in SEC play. In 2009, Baker helped guide Georgia to a No. 20 national ranking.

Baker has spent the past two years at California-Berkeley, helping the Bears advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament in both seasons. He was the program’s recruiting coordinator and helped attract PAC-12 Freshman of the Year Ifeoma Onumonu.

“Florida has a number of very talented collegiate women's soccer programs, and we feel Florida Atlantic University can become one of those programs with a presence nationally,” said Baker. “FAU is located in a prosperous soccer area that has unlimited potential and has developed tremendous talent for many years. Boca Raton and the surrounding areas provide an unbelievable
quality of life for our student-athletes. I am really excited about the task of building another successful women's soccer program.”

Before coaching at the NCAA Division I level, Baker was head coach at Rollins College (NCAA Division II) in 2010 and North Carolina Wesleyan College (Division III) from 1989-1994.

“We have been fortunate to turn around programs at several colleges. The process is never easy and requires hard work by the staff and the players,” said Baker. “The blueprint for success will allow our players to excel in the classroom, on the playing field and within the community. Player development and recruiting will be two our top priorities.”

The FAU women’s soccer team had a 5-13 record during the 2012 fall season and suffered a 1-0 loss in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The Owls are preparing to compete against Conference USA opponents for the first time this fall. The league’s 2013-14 membership will include University of Charlotte, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Marshall University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice University, Southern Mississippi, University of Texas-San Antonio, Tulsa, UAB and UTEP.

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