Long Island Native Dunleavy Joins Mississippi State WSOC

Brian Dunleavy

Nearly 20 years ago, Brian Dunleavy played his college ball at Hofstra University and upon graduating, would join Richard Nuttall’s coaching staff as an assistant. 

Now, the Levittown native has joined the women’s soccer team’s coaching staff at Mississippi State where he will serve as an assistant coach. He most recently served as head coach of the women’s soccer team at Georgia Southern.

“We are incredibly excited to add Brian Dunleavy to our staff,” said James Armstrong, Mississippi State’s head coach. “He will bring new ideas to the field as well as extensive expertise to matters off it. His wealth of experience as a head coach at the Division I level will complement our staff and bring valuable guidance to our student-athletes.”

Dunleavy spent six years at the helm at Georgia Southern. Under his leadership, the Eagles won 41 matches, making him the second-winningest head coach in program history. He led the Eagles to the Sun Belt Conference semifinals in 2014 and 2017 and was an assistant when GSU won the Southern Conference tournament in 2012.

His 2014 squad posted the program’s best record and highest conference finish since 2002, going 11-6-2 and finishing third. That season, Dunleavy also guided the Eagles to their highest standing in the final RPI while two players earned first-team all-conference honors and one made the league’s second team.

“This is an incredible opportunity for my family and me to be a part of Mississippi State University,” said Dunleavy. “The athletic department here has an unparalleled atmosphere of positivity, and there is a strong desire for the women’s soccer program to reach the highest levels of success.”

Following a four-year playing career at Hofstra (1999-02), Dunleavy joined the coaching staff at his alma mater as an assistant in 2003. He helped the program win back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association Championships which garnered the team NCAA Tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005.

Dunleavy then spent one season as a head coach for Division III College of Mount Saint Vincent’s men’s program before a two-year stint as an assistant at Division II Saint Leo University, also with the men’s team.

He holds an NSCAA National Coaching Diploma and graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature from Hofstra.