In four seasons as head coach of Saint Louis University men’s soccer, Mike McGinty has constructed a program that has carried on SLU’s storied soccer tradition.
Named the sixth head coach of the Saint Louis University men's soccer program on March 10, 2010, and entering his fifth season with the Billikens in 2014, McGinty has the program in a position to be a national player this year and beyond.
The reigning two-time Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year, McGinty led the 2013 Billikens to an A-10 regular-season championship. The Billikens were the runner-up in the A-10 Tournament.
In three years with the Billikens, McGinty has a 45-27-6 record. In his first season in 2010, the Billikens advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship. SLU missed the conference tournament in 2011 while playing with a starting XI that featured seven underclassmen, including five freshmen.
That season led in to a 2012 campaign that would be one of the best seasons in recent history. McGinty led the 2012 Billikens to an Atlantic 10 Conference title and the No. 8 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. It was the Billikens' 47th appearance in the NCAA tourney and the first under McGinty. SLU won 16 games in 2012, the most since 2001. For his effort, McGinty was named the A-10 Coach of the Year and claimed National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Regional Coach of the Year honors.
Under McGinty’s tutelage, forward Robert Kristo has earned back-to-back All-America plaudits from the NSCAA. In addition, two recent Billiken graduates – Adnan Gabeljic (Sporting Kansas City) and Alex Sweetin (Philadelphia Union) – were selected in the 2014 MLS draft.
Academics are a key area for the men's soccer program. McGinty initiated a program where Billiken teammates, as academic captains, challenge each other academically and hold each other accountable. As a result, two Billikens (Adnan Gabeljic and Nick Maglasang) were named to the Academic All-District team in 2012. Gabeljic repeated that feat in 2013. Additionally, the Billikens are well above the NCAA average in the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR).
Another one of McGinty's goals is to create a quality soccer atmosphere at Robert R. Hermann Stadium. McGinty helped spearhead a promotion by America SCORES St. Louis, which set a Guiness World Record for number of soccer dribblers prior to a soccer match. In addition, in 2011 he worked with the department of athletics to honor local heroes, which also drew a big crowd to Hermann Stadium.
McGinty came to SLU after 11 seasons as an assistant at the University of Virginia, including the final two as associate head coach. During his tenure at UVA, he helped the Cavaliers to the 2009 NCAA Championship and four Atlantic Coast Conference crowns.
McGinty began his stint at Virginia in 1999 under head coach George Gelnovatch. A chief recruiter for the Cavaliers, McGinty helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament every year. The Cavs claimed ACC championships in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2009. In 2006, McGinty was an assistant coach when Virginia participated in the NCAA Men's College Cup at Robert R. Hermann Stadium in St. Louis.
In 2009, McGinty's second as associate head coach, Virginia rolled to a 19-3-3 record and entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Cavaliers advanced to the College Cup and knocked off previously unbeaten Akron to claim their first NCAA title since 1994.
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. In 2009, 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 three children.
The Mike McGinty File
Collegiate Coaching History
2010-present - 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