WAUKESHA, WIS.— Rick Mobley, head men’s soccer coach at Carroll University, was inducted in the Milwaukee Wave Hall of Fame at a ceremony Jan. 12, 2013, at Milwaukee’s U.S. Cellular Arena.
Mobley joined the Carroll staff in 1999. In 2000, he was named director of sports information and, in 2008, assistant athletic director. From 2005-2007, Mobley also coached the men's tennis team. He is also Carroll’s director of athletic communication.
In 13 seasons, Mobley's teams have compiled a record of 130-83-20, including an 80-31-1 mark in the Midwest Conference play. His Carroll soccer teams qualified for the MWC tournament in 2001, 2002, 2004, and each year from 2006-2012.
The Pioneers won their first MWC Championship in 2008, then repeated in 2009. The 2008 team went on to win the league's post-season tournament and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Pioneers qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 after winning the MWC Tournament and earning the league's automatic berth.
“We are extremely proud of Rick and all that he has brought to the Carroll community and to soccer – both for Carroll student-athletes and area youth,” said Joseph Baker, Carroll’s director of intercollegiate athletics. “His personal integrity, high standards and commitment to helping young people achieve are an inspiration to all who know him. We congratulate him on this well-deserved honor and look forward to a long tenure for him at Carroll.”
Prior to Carroll, Mobley played nine seasons of professional soccer – seven with the Wave and two outdoors with the Charlotte Eagles. He was a member of the Wave's first championship team (1997-1998) and was voted the team's defender of the year in 1996 and 1997. He was named second-team All-National Professional Soccer League following the 1996-1997 season, while finishing second in defender of the league voting. Mobley retired from the Wave following the 1998-1999 season as the team's all-time leader in blocked shots.
In addition to coaching and communication duties, Mobley runs a popular youth soccer camp that draws hundreds of boys and girls to Carroll each summer.
Mobley earned a degree in mass communication at Campbell University in 1993. He was a four-year starter on the NCAA Division I squad and was a three-year All-Big South Conference selection and an All-South Region honoree following his senior season.
A Swansboro, N.C., native, Mobley lives in Oak Creek, Wis., with wife Nicole and sons Nolan and Brady. He is pursuing a master's degree from Concordia University (Calif.) in coaching and athletic administration.