Jan. 22, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou soccer Head Coach Bryan Blitz has announced the addition of Brian Dooley and Katie Ely to the Tiger coaching staff. Dooley will serve as associate head coach, while Ely will be an assistant coach, focusing on the goalkeepers.
"We are excited to have coach Brian Dooley," Blitz said. "His vast head coaching experience over the last 18 years, being in national championship and NCAA scenarios will be a big benefit. Anyone with his experience is going to help us continue to our goal of being the SEC Champion and also the national champion."
"Katie Ely has final four experience at Duke and she's been in the game a long time," Blitz said. "In addition to her fine goalkeeping knowledge, we are excited to use her other strengths in our benefit and ultimately win an SEC championship and national title."
Dooley brings over 24 years of college coaching experience to Mizzou, including the last 14 seasons as head coach at Florida Atlantic. With the Owls, Dooley accumulated a career record of 139-113, including seven 11-plus win seasons. He led the squad to Atlantic Sun Conference regular season titles in 2002, 2003 and 2005 and the 2005 team also claimed the Atlantic Sun Tournament title to earn the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. That season, Dooley was honored as the Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year.
The following year, Florida Atlantic's first in the Sun Belt Conference, the Owls led all Division I teams in shutout percentage (.762), holding opponents scoreless in 16 of 21 matches.
Before his time at FAU, Dooley spent nine seasons at Barry (Fla.) University, as both head coach (1994-99) and assistant coach (1990-94). The Lady Bucs accumulated a record of 53-12-4 in his four seasons as head coach, including a trip to the NCAA Division II national championship game in 1995. While an assistant at Barry, the team earned the 1992 and 1993 Division II national titles.
Dooley played collegiately at Florida International and was a midfielder on FIU's 1982 NCAA Division II national championship team. He began his coaching career as an assistant women's coach at FIU (1986-1990).
Dooley received a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Nova Southeastern University in 1987. He and his wife, Marie, are the parents of three boys: Sean (23), Connor (20) and Ciaran (13).
"I am grateful to Bryan Blitz, Mike Alden, Tim Hickman, Joe Scogin and the staff for giving me this incredible chance to be a part of the Missouri family," Dooley said. "It was apparent to me during this process that Missouri has everything in place for success on the field and in the classroom. I am looking forward to the challenge of competing in the SEC and contributing to our first championship."
Ely comes to Mizzou from Duke, where she served as the goalkeeper coach for the past two seasons. In her two years in Durham, Ely helped the Blue Devils advance to the NCAA College Cup both years. The squad played in the national championship game in 2011 and the final four in 2012. In her two years with the program, Duke compiled a record of 37-10-3, including program records of 22 wins and just four losses in 2011. Under Ely's tutelage, the Blue Devil goalkeepers set single season records in shutouts (16), goals against average (0.48) in 2011. The keepers' save percentage of .857 in 2011 also ranks second on Duke's single-season list.
Before her time at Duke, Ely spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Syracuse. With the Orange, she coached goalkeepers who set the career saves and shutouts records and earned All-BIG EAST Rookie Team honors.
Ely, a 2007 graduate of Fairfield (Conn.) University, helped the Stags to the 2002 MAAC regular season title and the 2005 MAAC Tournament crown. She is still scattered throughout Fairfield's career records list, as she ranks first in saves average, fifth in saves and sixth in wins, shutouts and goals against average.
Ely holds a bachelor's degree in history from Fairfield and a master's degree in public administration from Syracuse. She holds a U.S.S.F. "B" coaching license and an NSCAA National Goalkeeper License.
"I am so excited to be a part of the Mizzou soccer family," Ely said. "With the entrance into the SEC, this is a great time for the program. I look forward to being a part of their success in a new conference and on a national level. It's an honor and privilege to be here."