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Coaching Aug 24, 2020

VCU men’s soccer tabs MLS veteran Patrick Nyarko as volunteer assistant coach

Richmond, Va.Patrick Nyarko will be joining the VCU Men’s Soccer coaching staff, head coach Dave Giffard announced on Monday.

Nyarko will join the staff as a volunteer assistant coach. No stranger to college soccer, Nyarko was a star forward for Virginia Tech. The Kumasi, Ghana native was a three-time All-ACC selection for the Hokies and played in the 2007 Men’s College Cup where his team fell to Wake Forest in the National Semifinals. The striker scored 31 goals and is considered one of the best players to ever don a Virginia Tech uniform.

After three years at Virginia Tech, Nyarko entered the 2008 MLS Superdraft where he was selected seventh overall by Chicago Fire. He made 196 appearances from 2008-2015 for Chicago Fire, scoring 19 goals. Nyarko was traded to D.C. United in 2016 where he played two seasons and scored five goals. All told, he made 236 MLS appearances and scored 24 goals.

Nyarko has also represented his country when he was called up to the Ghana National Team to face Chile.