When the Lausanne boys soccer team takes the field against Bartlett on March 19, fans will recognize a new face on the Lynx sideline.
Former Memphis 901FC Head Coach Tim Mulqueen was added this off-season as Goalie Coach and Assistant Coach for the Varsity and the Junior Varsity boys soccer teams.
“I’m very excited to join the Lausanne family," Mulqueen said. "I believe in their commitment to developing student-athletes at all levels,”
Adding a decorated coach to a program that has already made a name for itself as one of the city's top programs makes sense. Winners of two state championships (2017, 2018) and four state championship appearances (106, 2017, 2018, 2019), the Lynx soccer team boasts a tradition of excellence at the high school level.
Mulqueen joins the Lynx with an extensive soccer background. In addition to being a former head coach for 901FC (2018-2020), he was also a goalkeeper coach in Major League Soccer (MLS) for both the New York Red Bulls (as the MetroStars) from 1996-1999 and the Sporting Kansas City (as the Wizards) from 2000-2004. Mulqueen also served as goalkeeper coach for the United States National Team at the 2004 Summer Olympics qualifying tournament, the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Lausanne varsity head coach Rogerio Lima said he is excited about working with Coach Mulqueen because of the experience and knowledge of the game that he brings to the sidelines and what he adds to the future success of the soccer program.
“We are extremely happy that Coach Mulqueen will be joining the Lausanne Boys soccer program,” Lima said. “This is definitely a game-changer.”
Tim Mulqueen's story begins in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, where he played soccer at St. Joseph High School. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 1988. Following his graduation, Mulqueen went on to play professionally for the New Jersey Eagles and North Jersey Imperials. During that time, he was also an assistant coach at Rutgers University. While a coach there, the Scarlet Knights went to three Final Fours (1989, 1990, 1994).
Coach Mulqueen has coached keepers of all ages, from youngsters to seasoned pros. He has coached athletes who have achieved worldwide recognition, including England Premier League players Kasey Keller, Marcus Hahnemann, and Brad Guzan. During his time in the MLS, Mulqueen coached Zach Thornton, who went on to win the 1998 Goalkeeper of the Year award. He also coached U.S. international goalkeeper Tony Meola who, in 2000, became the only goalkeeper to win the MLS MVP Award, in addition to being named Goalkeeper of the Year.
In fact, Tim Howard, one of his most recognizable pupils and goalies, calls Memphis home and credits Mulqueen with establishing his career when he was younger. Before he was a professional soccer player, United States Olympian or minority owner and sporting director of a professional soccer team, Howard was at a soccer camp as a 12-year-old and was trained by Mulqueen.
“If you ask me when I really knew I wanted to be a goalkeeper, I trace it to when Tim Mulqueen started training me at a New Jersey soccer camp. He made me feel like I was doing something special,” professional soccer player and United States Olympian Tim Howard said.
After his time with Memphis 901FC ended, Mulqueen said the opportunity to return to coaching youth soccer with Lausanne just made perfect sense.
“Their commitment to excellence throughout all aspects of the school fits with my ideals,” Mulqueen said. “This is a perfect fit for me as I try to give the student-athletes of Lausanne my unique experiences in soccer to better enhance their experience in the game. I am very grateful to Coach Lima and the administration at Lausanne for this amazing opportunity.”