2008 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Monday, April 14, 2008
Brian Mullan, ARTS'01
They say sports is a passion. But it is also hard work, and no one works harder than Brian Mullan on the soccer field. All his coaches agree … when Brian is on the field, he is there full throttle for 90 minutes on both sides of the ball. Lucky for us, he decided to switch his hockey skates for soccer shoes in high school.
Mullan’s sports aptitude was recognized at an early age. He was a high school All-American and a first-team all-state honoree. He also has had to work through adversity and injuries several times during his sports career. But Brian never gives up. That is apparent when you look at what he accomplished at Creighton. He was second-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American and Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament MVP in 2000, and ranked second all-time in games played at Creighton with 88 matches.
Known as a team player, in 2001, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy. He has also played for several other Major League Soccer teams and currently is a member of Houston’s Dynamo with team mate Richard Mulrooney. During his career, he has won four Major League Soccer championships. He is also an athlete who gives back. He serves as a reading ambassador for underprivileged children in his community.
It is with great pride that Creighton University inducts Brian Mullan into the Athletic Hall of Fame this fourteenth day of April, two thousand and eight.
Don Leahy, MSEdu'58
Athletics are an integral part of Don Leahy’s life. As a child, his family moved a great deal, and he discovered how sports could help you acclimate very quickly to a new community, as well as build character. Don has helped to build the character of thousands of athletes in the Omaha community for more than 50 years.
Leahy served as Creighton’s athletics director from 1985 to 1990. During his tenure, women’s soccer was added as a team sport. It was also a tremendously successful period for Creighton athletics. The men’s basketball team was in post-season play three times, the baseball team and women’s basketball team were in post-season play twice each, and the women’s softball team was in post-season play five times.
But Don’s considerable leadership and coaching talents extend far beyond the Creighton campus. He molded young minds and hearts at Creighton Prep from 1952 to 1972, teaching and serving as the football coach. During that time, he led the Junior Jays to eight state titles. His love of sports also brought him to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he served as athletic director twice, from 1974 to 1985 and again from 1995-1997. Even today, though he says he is retired, he continues to assist UNO with its athletic program.
A nationally recognized collegiate quarterback himself at Marquette University, he has also been recognized for his sports contributions to our community. He is a member of UNO’s, Creighton Prep’s and the Nebraska High School Sports halls of fame.
He received Creighton’s prestigious Alumni Merit Award in 1971 for his leadership both on and off the sports field.
It is with great pride that Creighton University inducts Don Leahy into its Athletic Hall of Fame this fourteenth day of April, two thousand and eight.
Richard Mulrooney, BSBA'05
He is described as someone who always puts it on the line … whether it’s playing soccer or giving back to his community. Richard Mulrooney is also described by others as someone who lifts those around him. It’s that spirit that has led him to be successful on and off the soccer field.
At an early age, Richard displayed sports acumen not only in soccer but as a field goal kicker. During high school, he was named one of “USA Today’s Top 25 Seniors” and received numerous other awards. And, at Creighton, that success continued.
In 1998, while playing at Creighton, he was a National Soccer Association of America first-team All-American, Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the MVC Tournament. He was also a three-time All-Midwest Region first-team member and selected three times for first-team all-MVC in 1996, 1997 and 1998. In 1999, Mulrooney became the first Creighton soccer player selected in the first round of the Major League Soccer draft, when he was taken by the San Jose Earthquakes. That same year, he was an MLS Rookie of the Year finalist. He has played for several Major League Soccer teams and, while at Dallas, was named as the commissioner’s pick to the 2006 Major League Soccer All-Star game. He joined teammate Brian Mullan with the Houston Dynamos in 2007.
One of the most respected players around, Richard is disciplined, dedicated and a fiercely loyal competitor. Never doing anything halfway … he has taken that passion and commitment with him in his service to others. He also volunteers as a reading ambassador and has started a foundation “Shoes Off My Feet,” which auctions off his soccer shoes after each match to benefit the Leukemia Society.
It is with great pride that Creighton University inducts Richard Mulrooney into the Athletic Hall of Fame this fourteenth day of April, two thousand and eight.