Glenn Myernick Named as U.S. MNT Assistant Coach
CHICAGO (Tuesday, January 15, 2002) - Glenn Myernick has been named an assistant coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team, where he will assist U.S. head coach Bruce Arena in the team’s preparation for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan. The 47-year-old Myernick joins assistant coach Dave Sarachan and goalkeeping coach Milutin Soskic on Arena’s full-time staff. Terms of the agreement were not announced.
“Glenn will be an important part of our preparations for Korea,” said Arena. “Certainly he has a vast amount of playing and coaching experience as both a professional and an international, so we will be counting on his expertise as we focus on Portugal, the Korea Republic and Poland in June.”
Arena and Myernick first served on the same coaching staff at the 1996 Olympics, where Myernick assisted Arena as the U.S. finished 1-1-1 at the ’96 Games in Atlanta. Myernick also served as an assistant to Arena during the Men’s National Team’s 1-1 draw with Iran in Pasadena, Calif. on January 16, 2000.
Following the 1996 Olympics, the Colorado Rapids hired Myernick, who coached in Denver for four years from 1997-2000. The Rapids made the playoffs in each of Myernick’s four seasons, and in his first season they made a surprising run to the 1997 MLS Cup. In the final, Colorado lost to Bruce Arena and D.C. United. Myernick also led the Rapids to a franchise-best 20-12 record in 1999.
“It is a privilege and an honor to be a part of this team’s preparations for the World Cup,” said Myernick from the team’s training camp in Claremont, Calif. “The team is obviously coming off a successful World Cup qualifying process, and across the last three years Bruce has put the pieces in place for a successful 2002. The challenge now is to make sure everything comes together for this squad at the right time, and that is in June in Korea.”
Myernick has international experience with the U.S. National Teams as both a player and a coach. He started four times for the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team in qualifying for the 1976 Olympics, captained the U.S. Men’s National Team in 1978 and retired from international play in 1979 with 10 appearances.
Myernick started his international coaching career as an assistant on the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team in 1992, a team that included future professionals Kerry Zavagnin, Gregg Berhalter, Imad Baba, Brandon Pollard and Matt McKeon. Myernick continued to gain international experience while coaching the U.S. Under-17s at the 1995 Under-17 World Championship.
As part of his duties, Myernick oversaw the Under-23 training camp in Claremont, Calif., from Jan. 5-12, and will travel with the team to Europe in February.
Born: December 29, 1954
Coaching Career: U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team (Assistant, 1992-93), U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team (Assistant, 1994; Head Coach, 1995), U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team (1994), U.S. Olympic Team (Assistant, 1996), Colorado Rapids (Head Coach, 1997-2000), U.S. Men’s National Team (Assistant, 2001)
Playing Career: Hartwick College (1974, 1976), U.S. Men’s National Team (1975-1979), U.S. Olympic Team (1975), Dallas Tornado (1977-1979), Wichita Wings (1979), Portland Timbers (1980-1982) and Tampa Bay Rowdies (1983-84).
Glenn Myernick has a soccer background that few U.S.-born coaches can rival. Myernick first shined on the soccer field, before moving to the other side of the touchline and becoming one of the USA’s most respected coaches. He is one of two U.S. coaches to play on and then later coach both the U.S. Men’s National Team and the U.S. Olympic Team. Myernick has also applied his trade in Major League Soccer, where he coached the Colorado Rapids for four seasons from 1997-2000.
Myernick, one of MLS’ all-time winningest coaches with 63 regular-season wins, inherited a Rapids team that failed to the make the playoffs in 1996. In his first season with the Rapids, the team went on a surprising run to the MLS title game, winning all four of their playoff games along the way. In MLS Cup ’97, Colorado fell to Bruce Arena and D.C. United, the Rapids first loss of the 1997 playoffs.
Myernick guided the Rapids to the playoffs in each of his four years with the team. The Rapids best regular season came under Myernick in 1999, when he guided the Rapids to a 20-12 regular season record. At the midpoint of that season the Rapids had the best record in the West, and Myernick was honored as the Western Conference head coach at the All-Star Game, which the West won.
From 1992 until the Rapids hired him in 1997, Myernick worked with U.S. Soccer’s coaching staffs and was positioned as one of two U.S. Soccer National Coaching Coordinators.
Myernick got his first taste of international coaching as an assistant with the 1993 Under-20 Men’s National Team that finished 8th at the 1993 World Youth Championship in Australia, he then coached the U.S. Under-17s at the FIFA Under-17 World Championships in Ecuador in 1995. In 1996, Myernick was named Arena’s assistant for the U.S. Olympic Team in Atlanta where the team went 1-1-1 and just missed advancing to the second round.
Glenn Myernick has played more games for the U.S. National Team than any other U.S. Men's National Team coach. Myernick played for the U.S. from 1975 to 1979 and served as captain of the team in 1978. He also started four games for the U.S. Olympic Team in qualifying for the 1976 Games. After playing his final game for the U.S. on May 2, 1979, he retired from international play with 10 full-team caps.
While Myernick’s National Team career was winding down, his professional career was taking off. Myernick played eight seasons in the NASL, spending time with Dallas (1977-1979), Portland (1980-1982) and Tampa Bay (1983-84). He played in 163 games, recording two goals and 23 assists during the regular season. The Timber fans voted him the team MVP following the 1982 season, when he played in 31 games and tallied five assists. In five career playoff games he recorded one assist.
Before turning professional, Myernick played for then-NCAA soccer power Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. in the 1970s. In his first season with Hartwick, Myernick was named a collegiate All-American and led Hartwick to the NCAA Final Four. He missed much of the following season playing with the U.S. Men’s National Team in qualifying matches for the 1976 Olympics. Myernick returned to Hartwick College and captained the team to the NCAA Final Four while capturing the 1976 Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s outstanding player.
Myernick is affectionately known to many as “Mooch”, a nickname that was given to him years ago by his sister for his antics that reminded her of the Walt Disney character “Moochie” of Mickey Mouse Club fame.
Myernick lives in Denver with his wife, Nancy, their son, Travis, and daughter, Kelly. His hobbies include skiing, hiking, playing golf and woodworking.