Mark Pulisic

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Mark Pulisic
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Pulisic coaching Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 2018
Personal information
Full name Mark Pulisic
Date of birth (1968-09-20) September 20, 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth Long Island, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 George Mason Patriots 73 (35)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1999 Harrisburg Heat (indoor) (296)
Teams managed
1993–2005 Lebanon Valley College (men)
1996–2005 Lebanon Valley College (women)
2003–2004 Harrisburg City Islanders (assistant)
2006–2007 Detroit Ignition
2015–2017 Borussia Dortmund (academy)
2017 Rochester Rhinos (assistant)
2018– Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mark Pulisic is a former American soccer forward who now coaches soccer professionally.


Pulisic attended George Mason University where he played soccer from 1986 to 1989. He finished with thirty-five career goals in 73 appearances.[1] In 2012, he was voted into the George Mason Men's Soccer Hall of Fame.[1]

Harrisburg Heat[edit]

In 1991, Pulisic turned professional with the Harrisburg Heat of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). He remained with the Heat throughout his career, retiring from playing professionally in 1999. When he retired, the Heat honored him with a Mark Pulisic Night at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was then inducted into the team's Hall of Fame, joining Bob Lilley, Richard Chinapoo, and Todd Smith.


In 1993, Lebanon Valley College hired Pulisic to begin a new chapter of the men's soccer program, where he coached until 2005. In 1996, Pulisic began coaching a new women's team program at the school as well. While with Lebanon Valley College, Pulisic also served as an assistant coach for the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL in 2003 and 2004.

On April 19, 2006, the expansion Detroit Ignition of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) hired Pulisic as the team's first coach. In April 2007, he was named the MISL Coach of the Year. On November 6, 2007, former Heat teammate Bob Lilley replaced Pulisic as head coach of the Ignition, moving Pulisic to the front office as director of soccer operations.

Pulisic relocated to Germany in 2015 after his son Christian was signed by Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, and was hired as a coach for Dortmund's U10 academy team.[2] In early 2017, Pulisic returned to the United States, joining second division club Rochester Rhinos as an assistant coach under his former teammate and colleague Bob Lilley.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Pulisic's father is originally from the island of Olib in Croatia.

Mark is the father of Borussia Dortmund and US men's national team player Christian Pulisic.[4] His nephew Will Pulisic plays for the Duke Blue Devils men's soccer program.[5]



  1. ^ a b "Men's Soccer Announces 2012 Hall of Fame Class". George Mason Patriots men's soccer. October 18, 2012. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ Ames, Nick (2016-05-31). "Christian Pulisic: the making of a young man ready to step up". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Christian Pulisic's father leaves Dortmund, joins Rochester Rhinos staff". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  4. ^ Bullock, Michael. "Hershey teen Christian Pulisic heading for German soccer club Borussia Dortmund ... as soon as all the paperwork is completed". PennLive. PA Media Group. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Finny, Liz. "Will Pulisic brings international experience to the goal for Duke men's soccer". The Duke Chronicle. Duke Student Publishing Company. Retrieved January 25, 2018. 

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