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Seamus McFadden
Seamus  McFadden

Assistant Coach (40th Year)



Heartbreaking Finish

Toreros fall at Santa Clara, 1-0, on late goal


Regular Season Concludes at Santa Clara

Toreros continue pursuit of NCAA Tournament berth


Senior Night Against San Francisco

Toreros are unbeaten in eight of past nine games


WCC Play Resumes

Toreros travel to Pacific, Saint Mary’s this weekend


Seamus McFadden Night Success

Toreros defeat UCLA, 3-1, on night dedicated to head coach


Seamus McFadden/Brian Quinn Press Conference

Seamus McFadden Brian Quinn Press Conference 3/15/17


USD Mens Soccer vs Santa Clara

USD Mens Soccer vs Santa Clara (11/11/2016)


USD Men's Soccer vs Pacific

Torero Men's Soccer took on Pacific University on October 16, 2016.


USD Men's Soccer vs San Jose State

USD Men's Soccer beats San Jose State 2-0 (9/20/15)


Men's Soccer vs No. 16 Cal

The USD men's soccer team opened up the 2015 season with a 3-0 win over No. 16 California (8/28/15)


  • 8th most career wins among active D-I coaches
  • Top 25 in career wins among all D-I coaches
  • Top 50 in career wins among all coaches (All divisions)


  • Nine WCC championships (’92, ’94, ’95, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’12, ’14, ’15)
  • 14 NCAA Tournament appearances (’90, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’09, ’12, ’14)
  • WCC Record Nine-Time Coach of the Year (’86, ’92, ’94, ’95, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’12, ’14)
  • NCAA Championship Game Appearance (1992)
  • NCAA Elite Eight Appearance (2012)
  • Coached 21 WCC Players of the Year (11 offense & ten defense)
  • Coached Eight NSCAA All-Americans
  • Coached 28 All-Region honorees
  • Coached five players taken in MLS SuperDraft since 2012
  • Four career wins against No. 1 ranked teams
  • 11 career wins against teams ranked in the top ten

Head Coach Seamus McFadden recently wrapped up his 38th year at USD. He finished the 2016 season with a career record of 377-280-68, which gives him the 8th most career wins amongst active D-I coaches in the nation. He is also in the top 25 all-time for career D-I wins.

With all of the success enjoyed by the Torero soccer teams it is easy to overlook the remarkable job McFadden has done building the program from the ground up. McFadden has been named West Coast Conference Coach of the Year a record nine times (2014, '12, `00, `99, '98, '95, '94, '92, '86); won nine WCC championships (2015, ‘14, '12, '09, '00, '99, '98, '95, '92); has coached eight NSCAA All-Americans, ten WCC Defensive Players of the Year, 11 WCC Offensive Players of the Year and six WCC Freshmen of the Year. He has led USD to 14 NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure, including an NCAA Championship Game appearance in 1992.

McFadden earned his 300th career victory in 2008 joining an elite group of coaches who have achieved such a milestone. McFadden is also a member of an even more prestigious group of coaches who have accumulated that many career wins at the same institution. No. 300 came on October 26, 2008 in front of a home crowd against Loyola Marymount as the Toreros defeated the Lions 3-0.

McFadden won his ninth WCC championship in 2015, and his third in a four year span. Led by WCC Player of the Year Keegan Smith and WCC Defender of the Year Darragh Vieyra, the Toreros went 10-5-3 and 5-1-1 in the WCC.

In 2014, USD won another WCC championship after beginning WCC play with six straight wins. They went on to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The season was highlighted by a 1-0 win over No. 1 UCLA, which was played in front of a record crowd of 4,432 at Torero Stadium. McFadden won his WCC-record ninth Coach of the Year Honor and saw Connor Brandt win WCC Player of the Year, Julian Ringhof take home Defensive Player of the Year Honors, and goalkeeper Thomas Olsen was named WCC Freshman of the Year.

In 2012, McFadden guided the Toreros as they put together an improbable run that started with their first WCC title since 2009 and saw them advance to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament, marking their best postseason finish since the 1992. In the 2012 Tournament, USD knocked off No. 25 Cal State Northridge, No. 6 UCLA and No. 11 Tulsa, all on the road, before eventually falling to No. 3 Georgetown. McFadden was named WCC Coach of the Year for his efforts.

The 2012 season also featured McFadden's first MLS SuperDraft pick since 2007 when midfielder Dan Delgado was selected in the 2nd round by the San Jose Earthquakes. Midfielder Christian Duke was selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft by Sporting KC as well.

McFadden arrived at USD in 1979 and fielded USD's first team in the fall of 1980. That same year he was quoted in the team's yearbook as saying: "I have no doubts that in the near future the University of San Diego will become a force to be reckoned with in Southern California intercollegiate soccer." How prophetic his words turned out to be.

The 1986 Toreros won 19 of 24 games. The 1990 squad, led by the first of McFadden's eight All-Americans, dropped just three games the entire season and advanced to the NCAA Second Round. Those who know McFadden closely could see the writing on the wall many years earlier, when the Irishman led Mesa JC to a 30-4 record over two seasons while at the same time guiding Clairemont High to consecutive CIF-San Diego Section titles and the La Jolla Cup.

The whole puzzle came together in 1992 when McFadden had in place several of San Diego's best local talent. Student-athletes, who in the past had looked outside the city to showcase their talents, were suddenly arriving at Alcala Park. The 1992 Toreros showed remarkable poise under their leader, compiling a 19-5 record and advancing to the NCAA Championship Game.

McFadden seems to save his best coaching for the big games. Twice the Toreros have marched onto UCLA's home turf and walked away with stunning upsets over the heavily-favored Bruins. In 1994, USD shutout No. 6 ranked N.C. State, 3-0, in front of a national cable television audience. In 1998, USD upset Cal State Fullerton, the No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament, at Titan Stadium in first round action. In 1999 the Toreros defeated then No. 1-ranked Santa Clara on the road, 2-1 in overtime. USD is 13-13-1 in NCAA Tournament games under McFadden's direction.

McFadden played collegiately at San Diego State, where he received a B.A. degree in History in 1976. That same summer he was with the San Diego Jaws of the North American Soccer League.

Keeping true to his native roots, McFadden took the 1997 squad on a trip to his homeland, Ireland during the summer for exhibition games against Ireland and Britain's elite. In the summer of 2002 he took his players to England. A native of Donegal, Ireland, Seamus and his wife Davette have two daughters (Hadley & Rorye) and a son (Conor). The McFaddens reside in Rancho Penasquitos.

Video Thumbnail Building a Home in Mexico
One day, seven student-athletes, impact for a lifetime
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Final Series
Toreros end their season against No. 2 Oregon State
Video Thumbnail Celebration of Excellence Recap
Toreros dress to impress for the end of year banquet
Video Thumbnail It's Tricky
San Diego Athletics' staff makes home made version of Run DMC's hit song
Video Thumbnail USD Athletes Lip Sync
12 sports teams show off some skills in a new genre
Video Thumbnail USD Athletics Blooper Reel
What it sometimes takes to get that perfect shot
Video Thumbnail All Sport Highlights 2017-18
17 sports - infinite highlights
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Day in the Life with Jay Schuyler
The real-life baseball experience
Video Thumbnail Golf: WCC's
Inside look at WCC competition
Video Thumbnail Men's Tennis: Sweep
San Diego defeat Pepperdine 4-0
Video Thumbnail Softball: The Win
Toreros defeat Saint Mary's in weekend series
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Tuber
Coach Scholl introduces "Tuber" - the on campus Torero Uber
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Barista Scholl
Coach Scholl gets students ready for class by helping out at Aromas Cafe
Video Thumbnail Football: Pro Day
Toreros submit their resumes to the NFL scouts
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Portland State Win
Toreros move on to next round in CIT
Video Thumbnail Football 2018: Spring Game
Toreros play spring football game for family and friends
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Toreros vs. Aztecs
USD take on cross-town rival SDSU
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Post Season Run
USD vs. Hartford highlights
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Championship Game
Toreros end the 2018 season against Gonzaga in the WCC finals.
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Semifinals
Women's win send them to the championship game
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: WCC Quarterfinals
Toreros close out 2018 season against BYU
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: "Off Day"
Toreros prepare for the WCC quarterfinals against BYU
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Quarterfinal Highlights
USD defeats BYU in quarterfinal of WCC Tournament
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: Day in the Life with Myah Pace
Freshman guard knows how to prep for a win
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: Vegas Bound
Toreros travel to Vegas for the WCC Tournament
Video Thumbnail Baseball: Defeating No. 4 Arkansas
Toreros edge out top five team
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Rock the House
Toreros played No. 6 Gonzaga in a fight to the last minute
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Day in the Life
Guard Olin Carter III knows the games starts long before tip-off
Video Thumbnail Winter Saturday
Rowing, tennis, basketball and baseball, a winning day in the books
Video Thumbnail Baseball: For the Love of the Game
Baseball celebrates 60 years
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: Women in Sports Day
Julie Foudy spoke to student-athletes and guests for National Women in Sports Day
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: At LMU
Men's basketball on the road
Video Thumbnail Women's Rowing: Day in the Life
Senior Lizzie Bader shows how three-a-day practices are done
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: Youth Basketball Clinic
Toreros lead clinic in local community
Video Thumbnail Men's Rowing: Winter Camp 2018
There are plenty perks to being the early bird
Video Thumbnail 60 Years of USD Baseball
Milestones on the road to Omaha
Video Thumbnail USD Honors Local Military Members
Toreros showed their support and hosted local military members at the men's basketball game
Video Thumbnail USD Athletes Sing "Santa's Coming to Town"
Toreros show their talent out of uniform
Video Thumbnail Basketball: City Championship
Toreros play SDSU Thursday night at 8
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Fourteen
Football preps for second round of playoffs at NDSU
Video Thumbnail Football: NAU From the Sidelines
Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Thirteen
Football travels to NAU for the first round of the FCS Playoffs
Video Thumbnail Torero Tuesday
A day to give to Torero Athletics
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Twelve
Toreros gear up for last game of conference play
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Eleven
Toreros prep for game day
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
Video Thumbnail On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Video Thumbnail Halloween Hoopla
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Video Thumbnail Seamus Night
Alumni, staff and the San Diego community gathered to celebrate Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden
Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Video Thumbnail Homecoming
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
Video Thumbnail USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Video Thumbnail Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Video Thumbnail Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Video Thumbnail Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
Video Thumbnail USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Video Thumbnail Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Video Thumbnail Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
Video Thumbnail 2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
Video Thumbnail USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics


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