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Seamus McFadden
Seamus  McFadden

Head Coach (39th Year)



Dass Scores Early to Spark Victory

San Diego dominates in final exhibition game against Point Loma


Torero Athletics Announce Fall Ticket Prices

Fall Season gets underway on August 18th with women's soccer hosting Virginia Tech


McFadden announces 2017 recruiting class

Five of the nine newcomers are international players


Men's Soccer Golf Tournament Set for August 11

The Rancho Bernardo Inn will host the annual tournament


Men's soccer releases 2017 schedule

Toreros will host Seamus McFadden Night against UCLA (Oct.22)


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 2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
Video Thumbnail Celebration of Excellence 2017
Check out the end of the year COE boat cruise with student-athletes, coaches and staff
Video Thumbnail USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics
Video Thumbnail President for a Day
USD President Harris switched places with Track & Cross Country Senior Olivia Gonzalez
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Olivia Sandusky
Walk down the beach with softball senior Olivia Sandusky on a Torero Timeout
Video Thumbnail Jamal Agnew Drafted to the Detroit Lions
Jamal Agnew was drafted in the fifth round as the #165 pick to the Lions


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