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Brian Dooley
Brian  Dooley

Head Coach



Women's Soccer Earns NSCAA Academic Honor

Second consecutive year the team has been honored


Claire Emslie Earns All-Sun Belt Soccer Postseason Honor

Freshman ranked second in league with 10 goals


Goalkeeper Ashley Lantes Named Sun Belt Conference's Defensive Player of Week

Senior recorded shutout and a record-setting performance in two victories last weekend


Smith's Overtime Goal Gives Women's Soccer 2-1 Win over Louisiana

Lantes breaks school record for career saves with six stops


Late Goal Gives Women's Soccer Shutout Win Over ULM

Emslie scores goal in the 87th minute

Eleven Seasons of Success (1999-2009)

Brian Dooley is one of the nation's most successful collegiate coaches and a longtime fixture on the South Florida soccer scene. He enters his 12th year as Florida Atlantic University's head coach this fall after an outstanding four-year stint as head coach at nearby Barry University.

Teams coached by Dooley boast nearly a 70-percent career winning percentage, ranking in the top 20 in that category among active NCAA Division I coaches. Dooley has a career record of 175-90-20. Seven of his teams have won 14 or more matches during a season.

Those winning ways have featured 122 wins in 10 seasons at FAU, where eight of his teams have posted winning seasons over the course of the past nine years. The Owls made their first appearance in the NCAA College Cup tournament and have been consistent challengers for league championships. Dooley's FAU teams have averaged nearly 11 wins per season and seven league victories per year since 2000.

Dooley's teams captured three Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season titles and enjoyed a seven-year run in which FAU was the only league team to qualify for the postseason tournament. The 2005 squad tied a program record with 16 victories (16-4-1), was a perfect 9-0 in Atlantic Sun play, and captured both the league's regular-season and post-season championships to qualify for the NCAA College Cup tournament. In 2003, team set the standard for success with 16 victories and a 10-1 record in A-Sun matches. The Owls advanced to won four straight conference title matches during 2000-03--a remarkable string of success for a college that had won just eight A-Sun matches in the six seasons prior to Dooley's arrival in 1999.

Dooley and the Owls made the transition into the Sun Belt Conference in 2006. Last fall, FAU successfully hosted the Sun Belt Conference Championships. This was the first conference tournament that the college had hosted since joining the league.

Dooley's teams are recognized for their excellent defensive play. The 2006 team led all Division I teams in shutout percentage (.762), holding opponents scoreless in 16 of its 21 matches. The Owls followed that in 2007 by posting nine shutouts, allowing 6.8 shots per match and surrendering 15 goals.

Dooley has had a remarkable imprint on the FAU women's soccer program and its student-athletes. Three different players earned the Atlantic Sun Conference's Player of the Year Award in seven seasons, and 17 players were honored with first-team all-conference selections, 16 players were second-team honorees and 11 were named to the all-freshmen team. Two players from the 2007 squad were first-team selections in the Sun Belt Conference and the program had the league's Newcomer of the Year Award winner in 2007 and 2008.

Dooley has also had a major influence in FAU's involvement in women's soccer on an international level. The college has hosted practice for several national teams, including the USA National Team. Ten former players have represented their home countries' national teams (Finland, Scotland, Jamaica and Puerto Rico), and four players have gone on to play professionally.

At Barry University, Dooley's teams had a 53-12-4 record in four seasons and advanced to the NCAA Division II national championship match in 1995. The Lady Bucs also qualified for postseason play in 1996, 1997 and 1998, and Dooley coached nine National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American players. His Barry teams were virtually unbeatable at home, going 29-1-2 in Miami Shores.

Dooley played an instrumental role in establishing Barry's success as an assistant coach for five years (1990-94). The college posted a 71-11-2 record during that time, and won NCAA Division II national championships in 1992 and 1993.

Dooley attended Florida International University, where he was a midfielder on FIU's 1982 NCAA Division II national championship team. He started his coaching career as an assistant on the FIU staff for five years. He also coached girls' soccer at Hollywood Hills High School for four seasons and boys' soccer at South Plantation High School. He has been involved in youth soccer for more than a decade, serving as the coaching director for the Weston Soccer Club and currently coaches the Team Boca U-17 White Team. He is also a member of the Florida Youth Soccer Association's state coaching staff.

Dooley received a bachelor's degree from Nova Southeastern University in 1987. He and his wife, Marie, live in Pembroke Pines and are the parents of three boys: Sean, 20, Connor, 17, and Ciaran, 11.

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