Megan Kinneman was hired as the assistant women's soccer coach May 2, 2016. Kinneman has a vast knowledge of soccer and has competed at the collegiate and professional levels.
Kinneman joins the Spartans after playing a season with the Arna Bjornar Professional Football Club in Bergen, Norway. Arna Bjornar is part of the highest level of professional soccer in Norway. Prior to her stint overseas, Kinneman was a reserve for the Houston Dash in Houston, Texas. She was called up the several first team matches in the National Women’s Soccer League during her year 16 months with the Dash.
A four-year letter winner at Louisiana State University, Kinneman was the team captain for two years and was a representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She started three years in Southeastern Conference play for the Tigers and earned 2010 SEC All-Tournament Team and All-Freshman Team honors.
Kinneman excelled both on and off the field during her time at LSU. She was named to the SEC All-Academic Honor Roll twice and collected multiple weekly honors during her time in Baton Rouge. Brian Lee, who Kinneman played for at Louisiana State University, believes she will have a positive impact on the program at UNCG. “Megan is going to be an outstanding addition to UNCG soccer,” said Lee. “She has a sharp soccer mind and a tireless work ethic. Her leadership skills are as strong as any player I have coached and her positive personality is infectious.”
She helped the Tigers to a 2011 SEC West Division Championship and a year prior was named to the LSWA Honorable Mention All-Louisiana Team. “The current team, future recruits and overall campus community will all benefit as Megan begins what I am sure is going to be a long and productive career in coaching,” Lee added.
All throughout her professional career she gained experience coaching through representing her club at youth clubs and clinics. While in Bergen, Kinneman coached the 8-12 year olds in the Arna Bjornar club’s academy program.
While playing in Houston, Kinneman also spent time as a personal coach in the Huston Dynamo/Dash Academy Goalkeeper Program. Randy Waldrum, the head coach of the Dash, believes Kinneman has what it takes to coach such a storied program at UNCG. “I am extremely excited for both Megan and the UNCG women’s soccer program,” said Waldrum. “Megan first and foremost is an amazing young lady with outstanding character, an extremely high work ethic and is very loyal. I know the history of UNCG women’s soccer and the high standards of UNCG will only be reinforced by adding Megan to the staff.”
Kinneman got her start in coaching at the Dynasty Goalkeeping Camp in Raleigh, N.C., where she has been a staff coach since 2011. At Dynasty, she has coached elite goalkeepers ages 14-21 and educated them on the physical, technical, tactical and psychological dimensions of goalkeeping.
She was the boy’s soccer goalkeeper coach at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge and served a summer internship wit the Baton Rouge Soccer Club where she developed skills in management, communications as well as assisting in the tryout process and evaluations.
Kinneman will serve primarily as the goalkeeper coach at UNCG but will assist in all facets of the program under Coll and assistant coach Jeff Gross. “Megan is very familiar with North Carolina and she’ll be fully involved in all aspects of UNCG soccer,” added Coll.