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Gary Muir
Gary Muir
Personal information
Full name Gary Muir
Date of birth 15 December 1985 (1985-12-15) (age 24)
Place of birth Stirling, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Stirling Albion 4 0(0)
2008–2009 Lisburn Distillery
2009 Clyde 7 0(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:06, 7 December 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Gary Muir (born 15 December 1985 in Stirling) is a Scottish professional footballer currently without a club following his release from Clyde.

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American college career

After playing for various club teams in Europe during his teenage years, Muir had to chose between playing on a 2nd division professional team or coming to America to play for a college team. He chose to come to the United States in hopes of developing his skills further. His poor SAT grades made him ineligible to play at a D-I college.

That changed when Dave Sexton, the head coach at Louisburg College (a junior college in North Carolina) contacted Muir at the last minute. Sexton had seen Muir play for a club team, and liked him enough to offer him a spot on the Louisburg team. Muir thought it was the best opportunity, so he left Europe and moved to North Carolina. "Coming to America at such a young age was very hard. I didn't knowthe people or the culture." The decision definitely paid off.

Muir was the captain of the Louisburg Hurricanes for two seasons. In 2005, he was named a 2nd team All-American in the NJCAA, and to the Division I All-Region 10 team. The list of accomplishments doesn't stop there. He was also named to the Mid-Atlantic district team. As a sophomore he took his team to the semi-finals in the NJCAA Championships and received the Region 10 Player of the Year Award, as well as being named the team MVP.

When his sophomore season at Louisburg concluded, Gary was tempted to head back to Europe and start playing professionally, but he had 36 Division I schools throwing themselves at him. That's when University of Hartford head coach Dan Gaspar came into the picture. Gaspar had been a coach for professional clubs prior to his time at Hartford. Gaspar went to Texas to watch the National Junior College Championships [1]

Muir was the second-leading scorer on the team in 2006. He played in all 17 games, starting all but one and recorded three goals, tied for second most on the team. He also added a pair of assists for eight points total. Muir took a total of 34 shots, most on the team. He was also named most valuable player at the Hartwick College Invitational.[2]

Professional career

Muir featured several times as a trialist for Stirling Albion and signed with the club until the end of the 2007–08 season.[3] He then signed for Lisburn Distillery for the 2008–09 season.[4][5][6] He signed for Clyde in September 2009.[7] He was released from his contract a fortnight early, leaving the club on 13 December. He went on trial at League of Ireland club Cork City F.C. in January 2010.

References

  1. ^ "Great Scot: The Long Journey of Gary Muir". Cedric Quackenbush, Hartford Hawks' Official Website. http://media.www.hartfordinformer.com/media/storage/paper146/news/2007/10/04/Sports/Great.Scot.The.Long.Journey.Of.Gary.Muir-3016007-page2.shtml. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Gary Muir; Player Profile". Hartford Sports Information, Hartford Hawks' Official .Website. https://www.nmnathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=52097&SPID=5372&DB_OEM_ID=12400&ATCLID=593067. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "Latest News, 29th March 2008". Scott McLean, Stirling Albion's Official Website. http://www.stirlingalbionfc.co.uk/LatestNews.htm. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  4. ^ BBC
  5. ^ BBC
  6. ^ BBC
  7. ^ "Muir Makes Bully Wee Switch". clydefc.co.uk. 25 September 2009. http://www.clydefc.co.uk/news/2009/09/25/3294/. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 

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