New Coach Arrives at West Point Following Seven-Year Stint at Iona
Steve McAnulty enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Army men's soccer program in 2014.
After going 4-10-3 during his first season at West Point, Army broke out for one of its best campaigns in program history, finishing with a 12-3-3 overall record. Additionally, the Black Knights placed second in the final Patriot League regular season standings with a 6-2-1 mark and qualified for the conference tournament for the first time since 1996.
A former collegiate goalkeeper, McAnulty helped mentor Army's Winston Boldt to an impressive season in 2013, which included an Academy-record 12 shutouts and a Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year honor. Boldt also became the first Army player to be selected as an All-American and an Academic All-American in the same season.
Prior to his arrival at Army, McAnulty served as an assistant coach at Iona College for seven seasons.
McAnulty's highly successful run in New Rochelle, N.Y., culminated during the 2011 season when he helped guide Iona to its most successful season in program history as the Gaels finished with a 15-4-1 overall record.
As the chief recruiter on staff, McAnulty played a huge role in assembling Iona's 2011 team that was ranked among the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) Top 25 throughout the season. A total of nine Iona players earned All-Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) honors at the end of the 2011 season, and 14 Gaels were named to the All-MAAC Academic Team.
Iona finished fourth nationally in win-loss-tied percentage and topped the NSCAA North Atlantic poll in eight of the 12 weeks it was released. Additionally, the Gaels led the nation with six players earning NSCAA All-Region honors at the end of the season.
In 2010, McAnulty helped Iona reach the MAAC Tournament championship game. He also aided in the development of Iona's first-ever Hermann Trophy candidate, and helped mold the MAAC Rookie of the Year during that 2010 campaign.
The 2009 season saw Iona capture its first MAAC regular-season championship in school history as the Gaels piled up a school-record eight league victories. It was during 2009 that McAnulty recruited and trained MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year Nils Binstock, who currently holds the Iona career record with 25 shutouts.
In addition to serving as Iona's primary recruiter, McAnulty also focused his energy on planning team and individual training sessions, devising strategy, analyzing video and delivering scouting reports.
Prior to his stint at Iona, McAnulty served a six-year term as an assistant coach for the Columbia women's soccer program. During his time with the Lions, he helped develop nine All-Ivy League selections. He trained the most prolific goalkeeper in Columbia history in Ali Ahern. She still holds school records for career shutouts, single-season shutouts, career goals-against average and single-season goals-against average.
McAnulty was a three-year starter at Columbia during his collegiate playing days.
In addition to his soccer exploits, McAnulty served as a FDNY firefighter.