- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 20, 2010
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- Barry Gorman
FC Dallas announced this morning that they have named former Penn State head coach Barry Gorman as their new technical director. FC Dallas Investor-Operator and Hunt Sports Group Chairman Clark Hunt will introduce Gorman to the media before the club’s training session today.
Gorman’s duties will include directing the club’s player personnel operations including international and domestic scouting, trades and acquisitions, player contracts, and team administration. Additionally, Gorman will evaluate the development of FC Dallas Juniors prospects for the professional team, and he will work in conjunction with manager Schellas Hyndman to monitor and promote the quality of the professional team. He will also manage FC Dallas’ relationships with its international partner clubs.
Gorman is Penn State’s all-time winningest coach with a 266-158-42 overall record in 22 years as head coach, leading the Nittany Lions to three Big Ten Championships. He earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors in 2005 and was named NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 1992, 1999 and 2005. Under Gorman, Penn State made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing four times to the round of 16 and twice to the national quarterfinals.
“We are very excited to add Barry to the club, and look forward to his leadership as technical director,” Hunt said. “Barry’s proven soccer acumen, coaching experience, and domestic, collegiate and international soccer relationships are a tremendous asset to FC Dallas. We are confident that he will do an outstanding job in his new role while working side-by-side with Coach Hyndman to reach our goal of winning championships.”
I’ve seen Gorman’s teams at Penn State over the years be very good. He was also good at developing his assistant coaches into good head coaches. One of his former assistants Marlon LeBlanc has done very well for himself at West Virginia University (cheap plug for my old school, I know).
Obviously this is a move that has been long coming for FCD. Its another big gamble by the club, first a long-time college coach as the manager now another long-time college coach as technical director. Neither had prior MLS experience.
We’ll see how this move works out for the club but honestly I do like it. While Gorman may have not been my first choice I do think in the long term this could be a very good move for the club. I wouldn’t be shocked to see more FCD Junior players come up through the ranks now with Gorman on board too.