Patrick McSorley is in his eighth season as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.
Prior to coming to Blacksburg, McSorley spent six years at his alma mater, James Madison University, where he was an assistant coach and associate head coach. Before JMU, McSorley spent four years as the top assistant coach at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington.
While at JMU, McSorley recruited and coached four players who were later drafted by the MLS, two All-Americans and numerous All-Conference and All-Region players. He also helped lead the Dukes to a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005.
As a player at JMU, McSorley was a third-team All-American as a senior in 1995 and played on four NCAA Tournament teams (quarter-finalist in 1994 and 1995; first round in 1992 and 1993) and three Colonial Athletic Association champion teams (1992, 1993, 1994). In the 1994 NCAA Tournament, McSorley scored the game-winning goal against North Carolina in a 3-0 first round victory and assisted on the game-winner in a 2-1 second round victory over Duke.
McSorley’s 42 goals and 103 points still stand as all-time JMU career records, and he is tied for 15th place on the Dukes’ career assist list with 19. 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 in addition to being voted JMU’s offensive MVP. That year, he was also named one of the Top-10 midfielders in the nation by Soccer News and earned Soccer News All-America honorable mention, making him one of only five players in JMU history at the time to earn All-America recognition.
In 2000, he was named one of the school’s Top-50 athletes of all time by the JMU student newspaper, The Breeze. McSorley was inducted into the JMU Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
McSorley played professional soccer for four years, most recently with the USL Roanoke Wrath (1998-2000).
A native of Springfield, Virginia, McSorley earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from JMU in 1996 and a master’s degree in sports recreation and leadership from JMU in 2007. He is married to the former Bridget Brugger, a director in compliance at Virginia Tech. They have three children, Morgan, Addison and Connor.