Milligan University

Milligan University Buffaloes
P.O. BOX 500 Milligan College, TN 37682
NAIA Tennessee Southeast
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Patrick "Paddy" Sweeney

Began: 2023 | Season: 2023 is his first season

Patrick "Paddy" Sweeney as the Buffs' head men's soccer coach following a national search in February 2023.

Sweeney holds a special place in Milligan men's soccer history as he scored the first-ever in-game goal at Anglin Field in 1999. He tallied 14 goals and eight assists to lead the Buffs in points that season and helped the Milligan men's soccer program to its first-ever conference championship in 1999. After his time at Milligan, Sweeney went on to earn his bachelor's degree in sports management from Columbia Southern University.

Sweeney enjoyed a professional career over the course of 12 years, appearing in over 500 senior-level games. He played in the Irish First Division, Irish Premier League, USL Pro League and USL Pro Select League. In his final professional stint with the Real Maryland Monarchs, Sweeney served as a player and assistant coach under manager Anthony Hudson, the current interim head coach of the United States men's national team.

Sweeney served on the staff of the Bahrain U23 national team when they won their first-ever gold medal in the U23 Gulf Cup of Nations and went on to serve on staff of the Bahrain senior national team from 2012-14. He also served as a trainer and scout for the New Zealand senior national team from 2015-17. Sweeney coached the All Whites against the likes of the United States, Mexico, Portugal and Northern Ireland.

His collegiate coaching experience includes four seasons as an assistant coach of the University of Tampa's women's team, who achieved a national No. 1 ranking in 2008 and made runs to the NCAA round of 16 and national quarterfinals.

Sweeney then spent three seasons as the technical director at Clearwater Christian College. The Cougars achieved a top-five national ranking in 2012 and won regional regular season and tournament titles on their way to a No. 5 final national ranking in 2013.

Over the last decade, Sweeney has been a fixture in club and professional soccer ranks in Florida, serving at Seminole FC and with the St. Pete Raiders and the St. Pete Aztecs. Under his leadership, the St. Pete Aztecs claimed the league title for the United Premier Soccer League in 2020.

Originally from Ireland, Sweeney owns FIFA and USSF A Licenses. He is married to Bethany, a Milligan alumna from the class of 2001, and has one son named Keenan.

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