Wizards name John Cone new goalkeeper coach
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Wizards General
Manager Curt Johnson announced today that the Wizards have named John Cone
as the new goalkeeper coach, replacing the recently departed Tim Mulqueen
who stepped down to accept a post with U.S. Soccer as the Director of Youth
Goalkeeping. Cone will join the Wizards staff in Baltimore for Friday's MLS
SuperDraft and will travel to Kansas City later this month.
"John Cone has a solid background as a player and a coach," said Wizards
Head Coach Bob Gansler. "Brian Bliss and I are looking forward to working
with him because we know he is confident and energetic. With John, our
goalkeeping situation will continue to be at a high standard, as we have
been used to in the past. I hated to lose Tim Mulqueen, but we have a very
Cone joins the Wizards from the University of North Carolina where he spent
the last three seasons as the Goalkeeping Trainer for the Tar Heels. During
his tenure at North Carolina, Cone trained goalkeepers Ford Williams and
Justin Hughes, both members of the U.S. U-20 National Team player pool.
Together, Williams and Hughes gave the Tar Heels one of the most talented
goal keeping tandems in the country.
"I'm really excited for this opportunity that has been given to me," said
Cone. "This is something I have been striving for since my playing career
finished and I committed to coaching. It is an opportunity to work with Bob
Gansler, a man who took the U.S. to a World Cup, and I'm excited about that.
I'm looking forward to the chance to work at this level and be in Kansas
Prior to joining the Tar Heels, Cone spent two seasons as an assistant coach
with the University of Tennessee women's soccer program, helping lead them
to a second place finish in the SEC in 2000 and their first-ever NCAA
Tournament bid in 2001. Cone also served as an assistant coach for two years
for the men's team at Metropolitan State College in Denver, CO before
joining the Tennessee coaching staff.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Cone has also served as the Director of
Goalkeeping for the Colorado Rush soccer club, overseeing the progress of
goalkeepers from ages 11-18. From 1993-2002, he was also a director for
former U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Tony DiCicco's Soccer Plus
Cone was a three-year starting goaltender at Butler University, where he
established school records for most saves in a game, season and career. He
later served as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs in 1995 and 1996, as the
team compiled an overall mark of 29-12-3. He began his collegiate playing
career at Avila College in Kansas City before transferring to Butler.
Following his playing career in 1993, Cone was drafted in the third round of
the National Professional Soccer League mid-season draft by the Kansas City
Attack in December of 1993 and later spent a trial period with RFC Seraing,
a first-division club in Belgium in 1994. He also spent time with the
Hampton Roads Mariners of the United Soccer League in 1996.
Mulqueen, 39, departs the Wizards after five seasons in Kansas City. He
joined the Wizards coaching staff prior to the 2000 season and helped guide
the team to the MLS Cup Championship while the Wizards and goalkeepers Tony
Meola and Bo Oshoniyi posted a League-high 0.83 GAA and 22 shutouts through
the regular season and postseason. Mulqueen was also a member of the staff
that led the team to the 2004 U.S. Open Cup Championship and to the 2004 MLS