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June 15, 2012

MCFEELY PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director
 

LOS ANGELES — Occidental women's soccer coach Colm McFeely has been promoted to assistant athletic director, Oxy athletic director Jaime Hoffman announced Friday.

McFeely, who's been coaching soccer at Oxy since 1992, joins the administrative staff overseeing the baseball, golf and soccer programs as well as being the school's liaison to dining services and its coordinator of student-athlete housing.

He will continue in his primary role as the Oxy head women's soccer coach.

"Colm has been an absolute steady for this department and a team player for decades," Hoffman said. "He's the first here in the morning and the last to leave at night. He's a valuable member of our team and I'm happy to have his wisdom involved in more decision making."

McFeely was the head coach of the men's and women's soccer teams from 2002-2007 before passing along the men's head coaching responsibilities. Since then, he's continued as the director of soccer and head women's soccer coach. From 2009-2011, he served on the NCAA Division III West Region Ranking Committee for women's soccer.

"I am honored that I have been trusted with this new responsibility and I'm looking forward to doing all that I can to repay the belief that Hoffman has in my ability to positively represent Oxy athletics," McFeely said.

Prior to coaching, McFeely had a very successful 17-year playing career as a professional soccer player. He played close to 500 games in his native Ireland, as well as Australia and Hong Kong. In 1972, he won an Irish Division I championship medal and competed in the European Cup in 1973. In Hong Kong, he was an All-League selection from 1974-1980.

McFeely, who holds a FIFA coaching license, also coached for more than 10 years in Hong Kong, where he founded the Hong Kong Harps Football Club. As player/coach, he led the Harps from Division 3 to Division I status in three years, the only Hong Kong coach ever to achieve the feat.

McFeely was on the CYSA-S Olympic Development Program coaching staff for almost 10 years and helped coach the 2000 U16 Boys and the 2001 U18 Boys to ODP National Championship victories. A number of these players went on to represent the USA at various national team levels. McFeely also coached the Notre Dame HS boys program for 10 years and was selected NSCAA/UMBRO State Coach of the Year for California in 1993.