Rutgers Women’s Soccer Head Coach Mike O’Neill announced the elevation of Madison Tiernan to Assistant Coach. Tiernan, who is an alumnus of the program, joined the staff in 2017 as director of player development.
“Madison is one of the best young coaches in the country. She is a Rutgers legend and a Jersey legend. Madison has been successful at every level of her football career. Her knowledge, experience, work ethic and passion for teaching will greatly benefit all of our student-athletes. She made the decision to stay home and represent New Jersey as a player and now she will do the same as a coach,” said said O’Neill.
“Madison had a decorated career at Rutgers followed by a decorated career in the NWSL with Sky Blue FC, her resume speaks for itself. We are thrilled to put Madison on the recruiting track as she will greatly enhance our program using his past experience to connect closely with rookies who have the same aspirations to play at the next level.”
During his time on staff, Tiernan helped guide Rutgers to five Big Ten tournaments, three Big Ten tournament semifinals and five NCAA appearances. With the staff in 2021, Tiernan helped the Scarlet Knights win the first-ever Big Ten Conference title in program history and Rutgers history, going undefeated 10-0 in the league. Coming off of its third Big Ten Tournament championship appearance, RU earned its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid, qualifying for the College Cup for the second time in program history and first since 2015, when Tiernan was a student-athlete. on the team.
“As a former student of Rutgers Women’s Soccer, I knew the second my playing career ended on ‘On the Banks’, my time there was far from over and there was still more to accomplish. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to lead the culture and be a part of the process towards competing and winning the championships Mike and the coaching staff have made me a great player who has been able to compete in the highest level both collegially and professionally,” said Tiernan.
“As I enter this next chapter of my life, I look forward to giving back to the game by helping to develop the next generation of female soccer players. I feel extremely lucky to work alongside the best coaches in women’s soccer. . Thank you to the coaching staff and everyone who has supported me; family, friends and my football community. Forever Rutgers!”
Tiernan competed with the Scarlet Knights from 2013 to 2016, finishing his senior season with a team-high 28 points on 11 goals and six assists. The team captain earned NSCAA second-team All-Great Lakes Region and second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2016, ending her “On the Banks” career ranked second all-time for shots (275), tied for fifth in game winning. goals (nine), sixth all-time in total goals (25) and seventh all-time in points (66).
During his time on the field, Tiernan guided the Scarlet Knights to three conference championship games, including two Big Ten Tournament championships. In 2015, she led Rutgers to the College Cup for the first time, knocking out the nation’s No. 1 ranked team along the way.
Following his college career, Tiernan was drafted 24th overall by local NY/NJ Gotham FC, formerly Sky Blue FC, of the NWSL. At the time, the club played home games at Yurcak Field, home of Rutgers women’s soccer. She announced her retirement from professional football in the summer of 2020.
Tiernan has coached for PDA, one of the top girls’ clubs in the country, for the past four years. Under his leadership, his teams achieved great success on the national scene.
The Voorhees, New Jersey native graduated with a BA in American Studies with a minor in Education as a Social Science. Tiernan resides in Matawan with her fiancé, Ned.
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