Stinger Sports Athletic Profile: UWS Men’s Soccer Head Coach Joe Mooney

Joe Mooney is in this 6th year as head coach of the UWS Men’s  Soc­cer team. Over the last five sea­sons he has gone on to achieve a 51–31-10 record with the Yel­low­jack­ets. Mooney began coach­ing at Spooner high school as an assis­tant coach for the boy’s team before becom­ing head coach of Spooner’s girl’s soc­cer team. he began his career here at UWS in 2007 when he joined the men’s soc­cer pro­gram as an assis­tant coach. He found him­self lead­ing the charge for the UWS men.

Who has your been your tough­est oppo­nents so far this season?

We have had a few of tough oppo­nents; Oshkosh, Loras and Olaf so quite a few.”

How much has D1 Trans­fer Brian Grand helped the Team?

He has been an enor­mous help. He brings an added ele­ment that we didn’t nec­es­sar­ily have before.”

The chances UWS mak­ing your first NCAA appearance?

Its going to be tough at this point, we put our self in a bit of a dire sit­u­a­tion but if we can win out, I think we have a decent chance of mak­ing the play­offs. We don’t have a pool A (auto­matic qual­i­fier) so we have to get in through a pool B birth. So even if we win our con­fer­ence tour­na­ment we aren’t guar­an­teed a spot into the national tournament.”

What were your expec­ta­tions com­ing into this season?

Expec­ta­tions have con­tin­ued to grow as a pro­gram. We have put our­selves into a posi­tion where we are com­pet­i­tive with every­one in our region. We want to put our­selves where we are one of the top teams in the region and I think we will con­tinue to grow to that goal.”

What are the key roles your senior class has played on the team?

We have a great senior class, we have six starters. Out­side of the out­stand­ing play the guys have brought, I think we have seen a growth in lead­er­ship and all six of them con­tribute to that lead­er­ship core.”

Any Injuries you guys have had?

We have been hit fairly hard with the injuries. Ryan Lins­mayer suf­fered a dis­lo­cated ankle the very first game, so he will be out for the entire sea­son, he is a key player for us. Alex Young missed three games, he is a cen­ter defender for us.”

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