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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.

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Jim Felix, men's soccer

Photo courtesy of GW Athletics Communications.

Jim Felix, a 20-year coaching veteran, will take to the field with the Colonials next season as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer team.

Felix will join first-year head coach Craig Jones’ staff, who was promoted to head coach following former head coach George Lidster’s retirement at the conclusion of the 2011 season. Felix holds a Premier License from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and spent the last five years as the assistant coach of U.S. Youth Soccer’s Region I Boys’ U-15 Olympic Development Program Team.

“I look forward to working with coach Jones in bringing GW to the next level in NCAA soccer. It is truly a privilege to be involved with such a prestigious institution with great student-athletes,” Felix said.

Felix previous served as an assistant at six Division I programs: Cornell from 1986 to 1987, Harvard from 1991 to 1994, Boston University in 1994, South Florida from 2000 to 2003, Georgetown from 2004 to 2906, and Columbia from 2006 to 2007, and was the head coach at Stony Brook from 1987 to 1991.

Felix also holds the National and Advanced National Diplomas from the NSCAA, and ‘A’ and ‘B’ Licenses from the United States Soccer Federation.

“I’m extremely happy to be adding Jim to the coaching staff,” Jones said. “His vast experience and knowledge of the game will have an immediate impact on the program as we move forward and build on our recent successes.”

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