Penn State Soccer Coach Barry Gorman Resigns
Barry Gorman, the winningest coach in Penn State soccer history, resigned today after 22 years in charge of the program. In a press release announcing his decision, Gorman said only that it was “time to move on and explore other challenges.” I’m not sure why he’s leaving, but I know he’ll be missed: In more than two decades on the Penn State sideline, Gorman oversaw 266 victories, 13 NCAA tournament appearances, and three Big Ten titles.
I met Gorman as a sophomore newbie reporter for The Daily Collegian, and enjoyed covering him and his team so much I asked for the beat again my junior year. The Belfast native is a great soccer mind, and beyond all those games his teams won, he could be counted on most years to bring in a few kids from Europe or South America to add skill and personality to his squads. I’m not sure who will replace him — the athletic department says a national (or even international?) search is underway — but whoever succeeds him will have some sizable boots to fill.
Ryan Jones, senior editor