March 23, 2010
ST. LOUIS - Mike McGinty was introduced to the media this morning in a press conference at Chaifetz Arena. McGinty, who officially began his duties at Saint Louis University yesterday, is the sixth head coach in Billiken soccer history. He came to SLU from the University of Virginia, where he won a national championship last season as an associate head coach.
"I am excited to be here today," McGinty said. "I am passionate about what I do, I have a clear idea of what I want out of my players and I know what it will take to move the program forward. I am inheriting a team that just won an Atlantic 10 Conference championship, and the players should feel good about that. My job is to build upon that and help us move forward nationally.
"It all starts with teaching my players discipline and character. I believe in kids doing things the right way. When I started researching Saint Louis University, several things stood out. I believe in the mission statement of the school, the mentality of the professors and the attitude of Father Biondi and the rest of the University leadership. I know as a coach I can impact 25 young men in a positive way and build upon some of the things the University is trying to instill in these players."
"This process does not happen without a lot of support," SLU director of athletics Chris May said as he introduced McGinty. "First and foremost, we received support from the University that our soccer program hasn't had before. That starts with our president, Father Lawrence Biondi. There was support at the top of the University to help make this happen. I also want to thank the soccer community, particularly our alumni and search committee.
"We have a very successful program to date, and our goal now is to work to become more nationally prominent," May said. "When we went through the hiring process, we examined four core values as to what it will take. First, it's who understands the educational mission of Saint Louis University. Secondly, it was our athletics vision, which is how do we educate young men and women, how do we compete at the highest level and how do we build community around those. Next, we were looking for someone who had championship experience, because at the end of the day it's going to be who can help us get that 11th national title here at Saint Louis University. Finally, it was who is passionate about teaching our players, who is going to connect with our players and recruits who want to play for our University.
"As we talked to people nationally, the one name that kept resonating was Mike McGinty," May continued. "It is clear that Mike has a vision for what it is going to take to be successful. He is very passionate, very disciplined and has the sales acumen to recruit the best players to come here. He understands the history and legacy of Saint Louis University soccer."
McGinty administered his first training session Monday, and he is in the process of finalizing the spring exhibition schedule. That schedule will be released this week.
McGinty spent a total of 11 years at Virginia, the final two as associate head coach. During his tenure, the Cavaliers won a national title (2009) and played in the NCAA Men's College Cup at Hermann Stadium in 2006 while winning four ACC crowns. Prior to his stint in Charlottesville, McGinty served as the goalkeeper director for the FC Richmond club team from 1997 to 1998. He also was the goalkeeper director for the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville at the onset of his tenure at Virginia.
McGinty began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Wake Forest University, in 1995. He spent two seasons coaching the Demon Deacons, then was the goalkeeper coach with the Virginia Commonwealth University men's and women's soccer squads for one season.
McGinty also has experience as a goalkeeper staff coach with U.S. Soccer. He served as an assistant with the U17 National Team in 2001 and worked with the U18 National Team in 2002. This past season, he was assigned as a scout in Virginia by U.S. Soccer.
An accomplished goalkeeper, McGinty played four seasons at Wake Forest beginning in 1991. An All-ACC selection in 1992, McGinty is among the WFU career leaders in saves and save percentage. Following his collegiate career, he enjoyed an eight-year professional career beginning with the Greensboro Dynamo (1995-96). McGinty then played five seasons (1997-2001) with the Richmond Kickers. He wrapped up his professional career with DC United in Major League Soccer in 2002 before entering full-time coaching status at Virginia.
McGinty graduated cum laude from Wake Forest in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He and his wife, Jasmin, have a son, Sean, and a daughter, Arin.
The Mike McGinty File
Collegiate Coaching History
2010 - Head Coach, Saint Louis University
2008-09 - Associate Head Coach, University of Virginia
1999-2007 - Assistant Coach, University of Virginia
1997 - Goalkeeper Coach, Virginia Commonwealth University (men's and women's soccer)
1995-96 - Assistant Coach, Wake Forest University
Club Team Coaching History
1999-2001 - Goalkeeper Director for the Soccer Organization of Charlottesville
1997-98 - Goalkeeper Director for FC Richmond
U.S. Soccer Coaching History
2002 - Staff Assistant Coach with the U18 National Team
2001 - Staff Assistant Coach with the U17 National Team
2002 - DC United
1997-2001 - Richmond Kickers
1995-96 - Greensboro Dynamo
1991-94 - Wake Forest University