Friday, March 15, 2019 – 06:30 PM
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – Marymount California University Athletic Director, Courtney Thomsen, is pleased to announce Joe Flanagan as the new head coach for the Men’s Soccer team. Flanagan is named the third head coach since the inception of men’s soccer as an NAIA sport at MCU.
“Joe brings a wealth of knowledge to our athletic department and men’s soccer program,” Thomsen said. “We are eager to see how he can continue to build upon the continued success with the Mariner men’s soccer team.”
Flanagan will be joining the Mariners from NCAA Division 2, Cal State Dominguez Hills, where he had spent time as the Women’s Soccer coach and had been the Men’s coach from 1994-2017. In his time with the Toro’s, Flanagan won 2 NCAA Nation Championships, 5 NCAA Far West Championships, 9 CCAA Championships, 2-time National Coach of the Year, and 5-time CCAA Coach of the Year. Flanagan had a 336-131-44 in his 24 years and is in the top 10 for NCAA overall victories and winning percentage.
Along with being the Head Coach at CSUDH, Flanagan was a West Region Coach for the Olympic Development Program and was the Club Director at the Beach Futbol Club. Not only did Flanagan coach at CSUDH but he played his four years of college soccer there as well. After graduation, he would also play several years of professional soccer for the Los Angeles Heat, Los Angeles United, and LA Salsa.
With his playing and coaching experience, his ability to build a winning culture, and recruiting capabilities, Flanagan has put 8 different players into the professional soccer world from CSUDH, current players being Kei Kamara (Colorado Rapids), Alejandro Covarrubias (Tulsa Roughnecks), and Tony Alfaro (Chivas de Guadalajara).
Flanagan and his family are familiar to the area and what the south bay has to offer as they also reside in Rancho Palos Verdes. MCU looks forward to the start of the Flanagan Era as he talks the helm of the men’s soccer team. Stay tuned for recruits, schedule release, and all things Marymount Soccer.