Missouri Military Academy is announcing the appointment of Liam Collins to the position of Head Varsity Soccer Coach, effective immediately.

When he is not on Colonels Field training MMA’s next championship soccer team, Collins will be teaching American History in MMA’s state-of-the-art Barnard Hall.

Collins said that his passion for coaching soccer comes from encouragement he received from other coaches thought the years.

“I've always been drawn to coaching,” he said. “A lot of coaches have told me that I have a good soccer IQ, so I wanted to try and pass that on to others. I would also like to give back and promote the same love of the game that I have had since I was a young.”

His philosophy for the team, Collins said, is a simple one.

“We will work hard, have fun and play as a team for each other,” he said. “I believe that when you get the right mix of those ingredients, wining will happen very naturally.”

His goals for this year will be about improvement and building a program that will stand the test of time, Collins said.

“I want to build a brand program here, and to do that you have to get better each and every year,” he said. “So, every year our goal is to be better than we were the previous year. Achieving that goal will come through hard work, commitment and trusting the process (Assistant Soccer Coach) McGrath and I have outlined for the team.”

Collins has a long history with soccer. He started playing in Ireland at a very young age, and has traveled all over the world for his sport. Collins played Division One soccer at the University of Memphis from 2010-2014, and has played professionally for Cork City FC in Ireland and D.C. United (MLS). He coached college soccer at Cumberland University in Tennessee before coming to MMA. Collins graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Memphis and a Masters of Sports and Exercise Science from Cumberland University.