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Creighton will Induct Three into the Athletic Hall of Fame

Creighton will Induct Three into the Athletic Hall of Fame

The Creighton University Athletic Hall of Fame will add three alumni to its ranks on April 14 at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Omaha. This year’s inductees are Don Leahy, Brian Mullan and Richard Mulrooney.

Leahy is a 1958 graduate of the University’s Graduate School and former Creighton athletics director, 1985 -1990. During his tenure, women’s soccer was added as a team sport. He is also a 1971 recipient of Creighton University’s Alumni Merit Award.

Active in Omaha sports for more than 50 years, Leahy was a teacher and football coach at Creighton Prep High School, 1952 -1972, and athletic director at University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), 1974 -1985 and 1995-1997. He is also a member of UNO’s and Creighton Prep’s athletic hall of fames. In his retirement, Leahy continues to assist UNO with its athletic program. He and his wife, Carmen, have three children.

Both Mullan and Mulrooney played soccer at Creighton and currently play for the Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer (MLS) team. While at Creighton, Mullan was a second-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American and Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament MVP in 2000, and ranks second all-time in games played at Creighton with 88 matches. He helped lead Creighton to its seventh MVC Tournament title. In 2001, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy. He has won four MLS championships in his career. Mullan also serves as a reading ambassador for underprivileged children. He lives in Pearland, Texas, with his wife, Kersten, and their two children.

Mulrooney is a 2005 graduate of Creighton’s College of Business. In 1998, while playing at Creighton, he was a NSCAA first- team All-American, MVC Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the MVC Tournament. Mulrooney was a three-time All-Midwest Region first-team member and selected three times for first-team all-MVC. In 1999, Mulrooney became the first Creighton soccer player selected in the first round of the MLS draft, when he was taken by the San Jose Earthquakes. That same year, he was a MLS Rookie of the Year finalist. Mulrooney volunteers as a reading ambassador and has also started a foundation “Shoes Off My Feet,” which auctions off his soccer shoes after each match to benefit the Leukemia Society. He lives in Missouri City, Texas, with his wife, Shelley, who attended Creighton and their son.