Liam Curran is in his second year on the Tigers' staff after spending three years at The University of Akron. Curran works the Tigers' goalkeepers while assisting with team training, recruiting, scouting, video analysis, and alumni relations.
In his first season with the Tigers, the team finished fourth in the ACC, beat Boston College in the quarterfinal matchup on penalties, and advanced to the ACC semifinals for the first time since 2005. With Curran's guidance, starting goalkeeper Cody Mizell signed his first professional contract with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League.
During his time at Akron, Curran served as goalkeeper coach, coordinated video analysis and assisted with daily team training, equipment, compliance, alumni relations, game-day planning and camps. During Curran's two seasons at Akron, the Zips were 37-5-6 overall, 12-0-0 in Mid American Conference (MAC) play, and won the 2010 NCAA National Championship. In addition, Akron set a pair of records at the 2011 MLS SuperDraft where seven Zips had their name called, including five of the first eight selections overall. Under Curran's direction, Akron goalkeeper David Meves was an All-MAC selection in both seasons, matched the NCAA record for 11 consecutive shutouts, and finished his career as the NCAA all-time leader for shutouts (54) and minutes played (8,608).
Prior to Akron, Curran spent three seasons as assistant coach on the Georgia Southern men's soccer staff. Curran assisted with all aspects of the program, including goalkeeper development, team training, recruiting, scouting, team travel, video analysis and camps. Curran has also served as academy director and elite staff coach for Akron Metro Futbol Club, and spent time on the coaching staff with GK1 Goalkeeper Academy, Ohio Elite Soccer Academy, WAZA FC, and was the assistant director of soccer at Windridge Sport Camps. Over the past several years, Curran has traveled abroad to study the game at the highest level, visiting professional clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool and Fulham.
The Sydney, Australia native began his collegiate soccer career at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. While at Schoolcraft, Curran earned All-State first team, All-Region first team, and National Junior College Athletic Association Region XII Goalkeeper of the Year honors in both years, while his team finished sixth at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2004. In 2005, Curran moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to play at Xavier University. In his senior year with the Musketeers, Curran served as captain and was an All-Ohio second-team selection. Curran is ranked in the top 10 of Xavier's all-time individual career records for saves, goals against average, and save percentage.
While in Australia, Curran played for Parramatta Eagles, Northern Spirit, and Sydney Olympic of the New South Wales (NSW) Premier League. As a youth player, Curran spent time at Manchester United, Celtic, Newcastle United, St. Johnstone, and was a member of the Australian Futsal Team. His Parramatta Eagles squad reached the quarter-finals of the Gothia World Youth Cup in Sweden and was crowned champions of the Rimini Cup in Italy.
Curran earned his Associate of Arts degree from Schoolcraft College in 2005 and placed on the Dean's List. He later received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Xavier University in 2007 and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. In May 2009, Curran completed a M.S. Kinesiology with a Coaching Education emphasis from Georgia Southern University.