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Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 4:41 p.m.

Ohio State standout joins men’s soccer team coaching roster

Soccer coach Danny Irizarry

Former All-Big Ten Conference performer Danny Irizarry helped guide the Georgia Southern University Eagles to a No. 3 seed in the Southern Conference Tournament last year. Photo courtesy of GW Athletics Communications.

Men’s soccer head coach Craig Jones continued to round out his staff with the hire of former All-Big Ten Conference performer Danny Irizarry.

Irizarry most recently worked as a graduate assistant coach at Georgia Southern University in 2011, where he helped guide the Eagles to a No. 3 seed in the Southern Conference Tournament. He also volunteered as an assistant coach for his alma mater, Ohio State University, aiding the Buckeyes to the 2009 Big Ten Championship.

“As a young, innovative coach, Danny will be bringing some exciting new ideas to the program,” Jones said. “You want a role model for your players and he knows what it takes to be successful at the next level having played in a national championship game and internationally in World Cup qualifiers.”

Prior to coaching, Irizarry was a standout midfielder at Ohio State, earning Big Ten and National All-Freshman Team honors in 2005. A two-time All-Big Ten selection in 2007 and 2008, Irizarry helped the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Championship and an appearance in the NCAA College Cup final as a junior. As a senior, Irizarry captained and led OSU in scoring with six goals and 13 points as a senior and was rated the third-best collegiate midfielder in the country by College Soccer News.

“I am thrilled and very eager to join such a prestigious school as George Washington and to join a program that has achieved great success,” Irizarry said.

The addition follows the Feb. 8 hire of 20-year coaching veteran Jim Felix.