April 13, 2011

Quinnipiac Women's Soccer Former Assistant Coach Mick McDermott Named Assistant Coach of Iranian National Soccer Team

HAMDEN, Conn. - Former Quinnipiac University Women's Soccer Assistant Coach Mick McDermott was recently named an assistant coach of the Iranian national soccer team.

McDermott worked with the Quinnipiac women's soccer program in the 2002 and 2003 seasons as an assistant coach and fitness coach. McDermott also played with Quinnipiac Men's Soccer Head Coach Eric DaCosta, and for Women's Soccer Head Coach Dave Clarke with the Connecticut Wolves.

"Even though it's been a few years since Mick coached at Quinnipiac, seeing a former assistant and strength and conditioning coach reach such a high level, you take pride as a program in the accomplishments of not only your players, but your coaching staff," said Clarke. "It shows how people have used Quinnipiac as a stepping stone and progressed beyond the school."

McDermott was hired as a fitness coach with the Iranian national soccer program and will work with the team's new head coach, Carlos Querioz, one of the world's top coaches and a former coach of Manchester United and Real Madrid. He will also work alongside goalkeeper coach Dan Gaspar, a former men's soccer coach at University of Hartford. The new coaching staff will work through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"Mick was a passionate, excellent player, and to see him move on in his coaching career is gratifying," said DaCosta. "To have somebody like Mick work alongside Coach Clarke says a lot about his program. To see him move on to the very highest level and have that connection with Quinnipiac is great for all of us. We always want to see people move on and promote the University and the game. Mick has done that well and we're proud to say that he had a connection here at Quinnipiac."