Neil McGuire Takes Helm of Cal Women's Soccer
May 2, 2007
BERKELEY - Neil McGuire, who has guided the Texas Tech program the past two seasons and also serves as a regional coach for the Under-19 National Team, has agreed to become head coach of the University of California women's soccer team, Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour announced today.
'We are ecstatic to welcome Neil and his family to Cal,' said Barbour. 'From the beginning of our selection process, his was the name that the top people in college soccer kept mentioning. His success at every level and experience coaching national team talent make him a great fit to take our program to the next level.'
McGuire arrives in Berkeley with a proven track record of vast improvement at his two previous Division I stops. He served as head coach at Mississippi State from 2000-03, taking over a program that was just 4-16 the year before his arrival and, within two years, improving the Bulldogs' record by eight-and-a-half games.
While at Mississippi State, McGuire established school records for overall wins and conference victories during the 2001 season. He was tabbed as the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year when he guided the Bulldogs to the first-ever women's conference title in Mississippi State athletics, leading his team to a share of the 2001 SEC Western Division championship.
McGuire then spent the 2004 season as an assistant at Texas, during which the Longhorns finished with a 15-7-2 overall record, placed third in the Big 12 Conference and notched a No. 16 national ranking.
In 2005, McGuire moved to Texas Tech as head coach and quickly proved his rebuilding skills again. The Red Raiders went from one-game winners in his first season to seven wins in 2006 - most for the program in seven years. Texas Tech finished 7-11-2 last year.
In addition to his collegiate experience, McGuire has served as head coach of the Region 3 Under-19 National Team since 2004. He has led the U.S. squad to a 6-2-2 mark, including a win over the Mexican National team.
'It is simply a privilege to become part of the University of California, an outstanding institution and Athletic Department.' McGuire said. 'It is humbling to know Sandy Barbour feels I am the right person to lead the Cal women's soccer program to the heights she envisions. I, along with my staff, will do all we can to guide our student-athletes to achieve in all aspects of their lives.'
After his efforts at Mississippi State and Texas Tech, McGuire's head coaching record stands at 68-76-9 (.444), which includes a stint at Iowa Central Community College, where he was head coach from 1996-97. He also served as an assistant at Iowa State (1998) and Arizona State (1999).
A native of Scotland, McGuire received his bachelor's degree from Augusta State in Georgia and was selected first-team all-conference four times. A three-time NSCAA All-Region choice, he later earned his master's degree in 2003 from Mississippi State.
McGuire inherits a California squad that put together a 12-5-5 mark in 2006, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finishing the season ranked No. 21 in the nation.
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