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IU alumnus joins men's soccer coaching staff

IU senior midfielder Danny O’Rourke prepares to make a challenge against a University of California at Santa Barbara player during the 2004 NCAA College Cup Final played at the StubHub Center, then known as the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California. O'Rourke was named an assistant coach for the IU soccer team on Wednesday.

On April 23, it was announced IU men's soccer assistant coach Brian Maisonneuve would be the new head coach at Ohio State. After three weeks, he's been replaced by another IU alumnus.

On Wednesday, IU announced former IU and MLS standout Danny O’Rourke will be replacing Maisonneuve on IU Coach Todd Yeagley's staff.

“Danny brings a wealth of experience to our soccer program after playing professionally for 11 years in MLS,” Yeagley said in a press release. “Danny's attention to detail, work ethic, competitive fire, along with strong leadership skills, enabled Danny to win titles at every level during his long and decorated career.”

O’Rourke was captain of the IU teams that won national championships in 2003 and 2004. He also won the MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer's most outstanding player in 2004 as a senior.

“Seventeen years ago, I was fortunate enough to become part of the IU Soccer family," O’Rourke said in a press release. "Bloomington became a second home, coaches became lasting mentors and teammates became lifelong friends. I look forward to implementing the same core values that I learned during my playing career to help guide these talented, young men both on and off the field, as well as to add some more hardware to the unrivaled trophy case in Assembly Hall.”

O’Rourke was drafted fourth overall in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft and went on to play 11 seasons for the San Jose Earthquakes, New York Red Bulls, Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers. He made 186 starts in 200 career matches and won a pair of MLS Cups.

The former All-American previously served as an assistant with IU during the 2016 season, when the Hoosiers recorded a 12-2-7 record and made it to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Auston Matricardi

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