Mike McGinty, who was named head coach of the Saint Louis University men's soccer program on March 10, 2010, is in his third season at the helm of the Billikens.
In two years, McGinty has a 15-17-4 record. In his first season, the Billikens advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.
Last year, SLU had a pair of victories against ranked foes while playing with one of the youngest squads in recent history. The Bills regularly started seven underclassman, including five freshmen, and upended No. 10 Notre Dame and No. 17 South Florida throughout the season.
One of McGinty's goals is to create a quality soccer atmosphere at Robert R. Hermann Stadium, and that is exactly what he did during the 2011 season. 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, he worked with the department of athletics to honor local heroes, which also drew a big crowd to Hermann Stadium. His efforts paid off, as the Billikens ranked No. 12 nationally in attendance last year.
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, the sixth head coach in Billiken soccer history, 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