BLACKSBURG, Va.- Virginia Tech head men’s soccer coach, Mike Brizendine, announced the hiring of Patrick McSorley as assistant coach on Monday. McSorley will begin his role with the team immediately.
“I have known Pat for a long time and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with him,” Brizendine said. “I’ve played with him and competed against him and it’s great to have his knowledge, experience and competitive personality on our side. He will fit nicely into our program and be a great addition to our staff.”
McSorley comes to Tech from James Madison University, his alma mater, where he spent five seasons as an assistant coach for the Dukes and one year as the associate head coach. While with the program, he coached three players who were later drafted by the MLS. He also helped lead the Dukes to a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005.
Prior to his time spent at JMU, McSorley spent four years as an assistant coach at the Virginia Military Institute.
While playing at JMU, McSorley scored 42 goals and garnered 103 points, making him the school’s all-time goals and points leader. He is one of only five players in JMU men’s soccer history to earn All-American recognition. In 2000, he was honored by the JMU student newspaper, The Breeze, as one of the school’s Top 50 athletes of all time.
He earned All-South Atlantic Region first team, All-State first team, All-CAA second team honors and was named to the Nike College Challenge Senior All-Star Team in 1995. He also earned a Soccer News All-America honorable mention as they named him one of the Top 10 midfielders in the nation.
McSorley also played professionally after college in the United Soccer League with the Colorado Foxes, and most recently with the USL Roanoke Wrath (1998-2000).
The Springfield, Va., native earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from JMU in 1996 and a master’s degree in exercise science and leadership from JMU in 2007. He is married to the former Bridget Brugger, assistant director of sports medicine at JMU. They have two children, Morgan (3) and Addison (2).
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