Michael Coll was named the head women’s soccer coach at UNCG on March 11, 2014. Coll’s 2014 team at UNCG achieved a 9-8-3 record. Under Coll’s guidance, four Spartans made All-Conference honors in Chesney White (first team), Georgia Brown (second team), Rebecca Burrows (second team) and Chloe Buehler (freshman team) during the 2014 season. Academically, six UNCG players were named to the SoCon All-Academic team in Coll’s first season.
He brings 18 total years of Division I soccer coaching experience including previous experience at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), Penn State University and Saint Francis University of Pennsylvania.
Coll came to Greensboro from Las Vegas where he spent the previous two years as the head coach at UNLV posting a 22-12-7 overall record. In his first season at the helm of the team, Coll simply guided the Rebels to a school-record 12-4-4 season, as the .700 winning percentage is the highest in UNLV soccer history. The 12 wins accomplished by the squad is also tied for the second-highest in school history, and the four losses were the fewest in a season ever at UNLV. After a slow 1-2-1 start to begin the 2012 season, Coll's coaching began to take effect on the squad, leading to a school-record seven-game win streak, which started with one of the highlight victories of the year, a double-overtime victory over Oklahoma. The streak also led into a nine-game unbeaten streak, also a UNLV record, which was only snapped in a one-goal loss to nationally 7th ranked San Diego State. The Rebels would reach the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament for the third straight year before falling to San Diego State on its home field. At the end of the 2012 season a school-record three Rebels were named all west region, while four players earned first team All-Mountain West conference honors, also a program best.
During his second season at UNLV (2013) Coll helped lead UNLV to its second-straight 10-win season, despite starting between 5 and 7 freshmen in most games.
When hired by UNCG Coll said “I am honored and excited to be the next head coach of women's soccer at UNCG. I would like to thank Athletic Director Kim Record and Senior Women's Administrator Jody Smith for trusting me with this tremendous opportunity. I am impressed by the support and pride in the program from everyone throughout this process and I am excited to get to UNCG to start working with the players. Spartans soccer has a rich history and tradition and I am humbled to be given the reins to lead this team as we compete for championships and NCAA play.”
Prior to Las Vegas, Coll spent the previous eight years at Penn State, where he was an assistant coach for the women's soccer program. During his tenure on the Nittany Lions' staff, he helped guide the squad to five appearances in the NCAA Sweet 16, as well as a trip to the national semifinals in 2005. Penn State claimed eight straight Big Ten championship titles during Coll's tenure in Happy Valley.
While at Penn State, Coll was the recruiting coordinator for the Nittany Lions, as well as handling other aspects of the team, including individual and team training, scouting and game preparation, video analysis, alumni relations, and running the camp and clinic programs for PSU. Coll served under head coach Erica Walsh for the past five years at Penn State, and took on added responsibilities during the past few years when Walsh was named as assistant coach for the U.S. National Team in 2008.
Prior to joining the PSU staff, Coll was the head coach for the women's soccer program at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa., during the 2001-03 seasons. Coll began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the men's program at Penn State, where he was on the staff from 1997-2000.
A four-year starter for Penn State, Coll was a two-time all-Big Ten conference selection and an All-American for the Nittany Lions. A native of Derry, Ireland, he represented his country at the World University Games in 1993 (USA), 1995 (Japan) and in 1997 (Italy).
Coll received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport science from Penn State and a master's degree in Education/Leadership from Saint Francis University. He holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) premier diploma, advanced national and national diplomas from the NSCAA, and an Irish Football Associate "C" License.
Coll and his wife, Katie, were married in 2010 and currently reside in Greensboro.
What they're saying about Michael Coll:
'I'm thrilled for Michael and Katie and believe his coaching and teaching philosophy are a great fit for the UNCG athletic department. He is extremely hard working and the players genuinely enjoy playing for him. As a student of the game, he is always working to improve as a coach and is one of the best motivators I have had the good fortune to work with in my career." – Erica Walsh, Penn State women’s soccer head coach
"In my twenty years of collegiate coaching, I have not worked with a better coach or person. Michael has a true passion and knowledge for the game of soccer, but more importantly he is a great mentor and leader. I am truly excited for Michael and the UNCG women's soccer program." – Paula Wilkins, Wisconsin women’s soccer head coach