Jan. 24, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army men's soccer head coach Russell Payne announced on Tuesday the hiring of Steve McAnulty as an assistant coach for the Black Knights. The former Columbia University standout arrives at West Point following a seven-year stint as an assistant coach at Iona College.
"Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him and we are extremely pleased to have him join our family here at West Point," said Payne. "Having a person and coach of Steve's caliber will be essential as this program takes another step toward reaching its full potential."
McAnulty's highly successful run in New Rochelle, N.Y., culminated last fall when he helped guide Iona to its most successful season in program history as the Gaels finished with a 15-4-1 overall record.
As the chief recruiter on staff, McAnulty played a huge role in assembling last year's team that was ranked among the NSCAA's Top 25 throughout the season. A total of nine Iona players earned All-MAAC honors at the end of the 2011 season, and 14 Gaels were named to the All-MAAC Academic Team.
Iona, which defeated Army 2-1 in overtime last fall, finished fourth nationally in win-loss-tied percentage and topped the NSCAA North Atlantic poll in eight of the 12 weeks it was released. Additionally, the Gaels led the nation with six players earning NSCAA All-Region honors at the end of the season.
In 2010, McAnulty helped Iona reach the MAAC Tournament championship game. He also aided in the development of Iona's first-ever Hermann Trophy candidate, and helped mold the MAAC Rookie of the Year during that 2010 campaign.
The 2009 season saw Iona capture its first MAAC regular-season championship in school history as the Gaels piled up a school-record eight league victories. It was during 2009 that McAnulty recruited and trained MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year Nils Binstock, who currently holds the Iona career record with 25 shutouts.
In addition to serving as Iona's primary recruiter, McAnulty also focused his energy on planning team and individual training sessions, devising strategy, analyzing video and delivering scouting reports.
Prior to his stint at Iona, McAnulty served a six-year term as an assistant coach for the Columbia women's soccer program. During his time with the Lions, he helped develop nine All-Ivy League selections. He trained the most prolific goalkeeper in Columbia history in Ali Ahern. She still holds school records for career shutouts, single-season shutouts, career goals-against average and single-season goals-against average.
McAnulty was a three-year starter at Columbia during his collegiate playing days. The 1995 graduate of led the Lions to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths during his standout career. A two-time All-Ivy League selection, McAnulty helped Columbia win the Ivy League title in 1993.
He went on to play three seasons of professional soccer in the United Soccer Leagues following his graduation, spending one year with the Long Island Rough Riders and playing two years with the North Jersey Imperials.
In addition to his soccer exploits, McAnulty served as a FDNY firefighter from 2001-09, and was decorated for valor on several occasions.