Rich Cullen will join the Eastern Washington women's soccer program as goalkeeper coach for the 2014 season, head coach Chad Bodnar announced Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Cullen graduated from Mead High School in Spokane and currently runs the Washington Goalkeeping Academy in the Spokane Valley.
"I've known Rich since we were young kids playing club soccer and spending time together as family friends," Bodnar said. "Both of our fathers were actually athletes at EWU and were always close. I was very excited to hear Rich was in the area and interested in helping our program. He is a fantastic individual and has an incredible playing background. His expertise will definitely add to what we can offer our goalkeepers here and I look forward to having him start with us this spring."
Cullen was a four-year letter winner at Air Force, earning all-conference honors three times. After graduation from Air Force, he was selected by the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer in the 2000 MLS Super Draft, spending a year as a developmental player in the back-up role.
Following his one season in Colorado, Cullen went on to play for the Seattle Sounders, who were members of the United Soccer League First Division at the time. He served as the team's back-up goalkeeper from 2001-02 before starting the 2003 season, leading the Sounders to the league semifinals while earning all-league honors.
Cullen returned to the Air Force Academy in 2003, serving as an assistant coach for the Falcons' men's soccer program. He relocated to Spokane in 2007 and has spent time coaching at the youth, club and collegiate levels since.
He and his wife, Tamara, currently live in Spokane with their four children, Mercedes, Charlotte, Nora and Sylvia.