A Bear at the Helm
An Ursinus Bear has been tapped to lead U.S. Soccer at the highest level. B.J. Callaghan ’03 will serve as interim head coach of the Men’s National Team as it gears up for this summer’s CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup tournaments.
Callaghan joined U.S. Soccer in 2019, serving as strategy analyst before being promoted to assistant coach. He is currently the longest-serving member of the USMNT technical staff, and during his tenure, the U.S. team captured the 2021 Nations League and Gold Cup titles and reached the Round of 16 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
At Ursinus, he was a member of the men’s soccer team from 1999 to 2002 and ranks sixth all-time in program history with 250 career saves. Callaghan and his wife, Leigh Maggi Callaghan ’03, have remained active with Ursinus College and Ursinus athletics over the past two decades.
Callaghan is from Ventnor, N.J., and has coached at every level of the game of soccer. He also served as an assistant coach at Villanova University and coached with the Philadelphia Union for seven years. In a USMNT statement, Callaghan said he is “honored to have the opportunity to build upon the progress this group has made the last four years.”
U.S. Soccer sporting director Matt Crocker said, “B.J. has been an integral part of the USMNT staff during the last four years as this young team has grown and developed.”
The U.S. Soccer announcement made national headlines on May 30. Callaghan replaces interim coach Anthony Hudson. For more on Coach Callaghan, visit the USMNT website.