Brian Quinn (soccer)

Brian Quinn (born 24 May 1960 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish-American soccer coach and former player. He spent most of his professional career in North America where he played in the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League. He later coached in the Continental Indoor Soccer League and Major League Soccer.[1]

Brian Quinn
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-05-24) 24 May 1960
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 Larne ? (?)
1979–1981 Everton 0 (0)
1981 Los Angeles Aztecs 21 (2)
1982–1983 Montreal Manic 55 (6)
1983–1984 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 32 (25)
1984 San Diego Sockers 20 (3)
1984–1991 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 255 (155)
1987 Hamilton Steelers ? (?)
1991–1994 USSF
1991–1992San Diego Sockers (loan) 16 (5)
National team
1991–1994 United States 48 (1)
Teams managed
1995–1996 San Diego Sockers
1997–1999 San Jose Clash
2001–2004 San Diego Sockers
2008–2017 University of San Diego (assistant)
2018– University of San Diego
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



As a youth, Quinn had preferred Gaelic football and hurling to soccer. It was not until he was fourteen that he began to play the game regularly in the Down & Connor League with Corpus Christi Youth Club and Blessed Oliver Plunkett Youth Club (Now St. Oliver Plunkett FC).[2] In 1978, he began his playing career with Larne F.C. In 1979, he signed with Everton F.C. between 1979 and 1981, but spent his entire time on the reserve squad. In 1981, Quinn moved to the US to join the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League. When the Aztecs folded at the end of the season, he moved to the Montreal Manic for 1982 and 1983 outdoor seasons. The Manic folded at the end of the 1983 season, and Quinn signed with the San Diego Sockers as they prepared for the 1983–1984 NASL indoor season.[2] In 1984, he played the last NASL season with the Sockers. In the fall of 1984, the Sockers jumped to the Major Indoor Soccer League as the NASL collapsed. He also played a season in the Canadian Soccer League in the late '80s with the Hamilton Steelers. Brian played seven MISL seasons Sockers winning six championships. In 1987, he played one outdoor season with the Hamilton Steelers of the Canadian Soccer League. In August 1991, he announced that he was leaving the team to sign with the US national team.[3] In October 1991, the national team sent Quinn on loan back to the Sockers until January 1992.[4]

National team

Quinn earned 48 caps for the US national team between 1991 and 1994 upon becoming an American citizen. A midfielder, he was a final cut for the 1994 World Cup squad. He scored his only international goal in a 3–0 win over Guatemala. He made his debut against the Republic of Ireland in a friendly played at Foxboro Stadium.[5]

Quinn was most recently nominated to US Soccer's National Soccer Hall of Fame Veteran's ballot.[6]


In February 1995, the San Diego Sockers, now playing in the Continental Indoor Soccer League, hired Quinn to replace long-time head coach Ron Newman.[7] In 1997, he became the head coach of the San Jose Clash of Major League Soccer. As the youngest coach in league history, he compiled a 35–41 record over nearly three seasons. He then returned to the San Diego Sockers. He remained with them until the team ceased operations at the end of 2004. He has launched the Brian Quinn School of Soccer. In 2008, he became an assistant coach with the University of San Diego men's team.[8] In addition, he furthers Youth Soccer Development as the Director of Younger Boys Soccer at the San Diego Soccer Club.[9]

He also wrote the foreword to the book, A History of the World Cup: 1930–2006, that was released in August 2007.

Awards and honors

In March 2013, Quinn was one of six men named to the 2013 class of the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame. The other inductees are Gordon Jago, Preki, Kai Haaskivi, Zoltán Tóth, and Mike Stankovic.[10]


  1. Leonard, Tod (22 February 2013). "Quinn tied Sockers' pieces together". U-T San Diego. San Diego. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  2. "Sockers' Quinn draws attention" Evening Tribune (San Diego) – Wednesday, 18 January 1984
  3. Quinn leaves Sockers, joins U.S. national team Evening Tribune (San Diego, California) – Tuesday, 6 August 1991
  4. "Quinn signs on as temp for Sockers" Evening Tribune (San Diego) – Saturday, 26 October 1991
  5. USA – Details of International Matches 1990–1994 Archived 29 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. US Soccer's National Hall of Fame nominees for 2012 Archived 4 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. "Legends of the ball: Sockers bring in Quinn after losing Newman". San Diego Union-Tribune. San Diego. 14 February 1995.
  8. USD Toreros Coaching Profile
  9. San Diego Soccer Club Directors of Coaching
  10. Carrick, Buzz (5 March 2013). "Former Dallas Sidekicks Coach Gordon Jago Named 2013 Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
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