Andy Wright

Former West Virginia University men’s soccer All-America standout Andy Wright is in his third season as an assistant coach at his alma mater.

Wright, a Mountaineer from 2004-07 and one of the top players in program history, returned to Morgantown after concluding a successful playing career, in which he played for five clubs from 2007-15.

Wright has helped guide WVU to multiple weeks in the national ranking, record-breaking defensive performances and top-10 upset wins in each of his first two seasons back at West Virginia. WVU also has earned numerous national academic honors in Wright’s tenure.

In 2017, the Mountaineers earned a top-25 ranking for five weeks, coming in as high as No. 14, while the team recorded nine shutouts, tied for the fifth-most in a single season in program history. One of the shutouts was a 1-0 victory over No. 5 Michigan State.

As a team, WVU earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the 10th consecutive season. The list of individual award winners were highlighted by junior Stephen Banick and sophomore Ryan Kellogg, who were recognized on the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, and senior Steven James and sophomore Sebastian Garcia-Herreros and Kellogg, who were named Distinguished Scholar-Athletes by the Mid-American Conference.

Wright’s first season back at West Virginia saw the Mountaineers in the top-25 for six consecutive weeks, ranking as high as No. 15, and ranked in all four major polls for two weeks in a row. The season’s second game saw WVU beat No. 7 Georgetown, 1-0, which began a string of seven consecutive shutouts, the longest in program history.

Additionally, senior Jack Elliott capped an impressive career by earning Academic All-America First Team honors and was named to the 2016 All-Great Lakes Region First Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Elliott was selected in the fourth round (77th overall) by the Philadelphia Union in the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

A three-time All-American in 2007, Wright ranks in the top-10 in team history in numerous statistical categories. During his time donning the Old Gold and Blue, he helped lead the Mountaineers to three NCAA Tournaments and was named the Big East Midfielder of the Year in 2007 and a Big East All-Conference selection from 2005-07.