COLUMBUS, Ohio – Head coach John Bluem has added a pair of volunteer assistants to the men’s soccer coaching staff for the upcoming season. Former Buckeye Danny Irizarry will patrol the sidelines as an undergraduate assistant as he finishes his degree at Ohio State, while retired Major League Soccer player Brandon Moss becomes a volunteer assistant after playing two years with the Columbus Crew.
“Danny and Brandon are both great additions to the staff,” Bluem said. “The players respect them as accomplished players in their own rights, and yet still identify with them as individuals. With Brandon’s professional experience and Danny’s affiliation with the Ohio State program as a student-athlete, both bring a new and fresh perspective to the sidelines.”
Irizarry wrapped up his career with the Buckeyes in 2008 as a senior captain and second team All-Big Ten honoree. He played in 85 career games, making 70 starts and tallying 11 total goals and 10 assists. His six goals, including two penalty kicks, and 13 points led the squad in 2008. Irizarry is currently completing his undergraduate degree in sports management at Ohio State.
“It is different to be on the coaching side of things, especially with so many guys that I played with,” Irizarry said. “It is more important to see the larger picture now, instead of concentrating on just one position. I think that this team has a lot of potential and I am looking forward to helping them put the pieces together as we begin the season.”
After two seasons with the Crew, Moss retired from soccer in January 2008. He played in 20 games for Columbus, starting 17 in the midfield, including his MLS debut in the 2006 season opener. He played collegiately at New Mexico in 2002-05, where he started all 83 games in which he appeared, tallying four goals and five assists. Moss was a two-time All-Far West Region selection with the Lobos and a third team Academic All-American.
“I am excited for the opportunity to begin coaching at the college level, especially with a program like Ohio State,” Moss said. “I had the opportunity to work with Coach Bluem through the Crew Juniors program and eventually Ohio State’s camps and am eager to learn from him, as well as the other coaches and players. Everyone has been very receptive thus far.”
Irizarry, Moss and the rest of the Buckeye coaching staff will guide Ohio State vs. Louisville at 7 p.m. Friday in Fort Wayne, Ind. The regular season begins with the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic Sept. 4 with Penn State and Cal State Fullerton taking the field at 5 p.m., followed by the Buckeyes at 7:30 p.m. vs. Gonzaga.