Michael Coll has been named the head women’s soccer coach at UNCG, Director of Athletics Kim Record announced on March 11, 2014. Coll, brings 17 total years of collegiate soccer coaching experience, including the last two seasons as the head coach at UNLV, is the fourth head coach in program history.
"We are excited to welcome Michael Coll to the UNCG family," Record said. "He brings 17 years of collegiate coaching experience to our program along with proven success as an assistant and head coach at the Division I level. The UNCG women's soccer program has had a strong history of success and we are confident that success will continue under Michael's leadership."
Coll has spent the previous two years as the head coach at UNLV posting a 22-12-7 mark. During the 2013 campaign, Coll helped lead UNLV to its second-straight 10-win season, which included a stellar 6-1 home record. The Rebels finished the season 5-5 in the Mountain West Conference and senior forward Jenn Wolfe made first team all-conference.
“I am honored and excited to be the next head coach of women's soccer at UNCG,” Coll Said. “I would like to thank Athletic Director Kim Record and Senior Women's Administrator Jody Smith for trusting me with this tremendous opportunity. I was 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.”
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 was the highest in UNLV history. The 12 wins accomplished by the squad was also tied for the second-highest in school history, depite playing only 20 games, while the four losses were the fewest in a season ever at UNLV.
After a 1-2-1 start to begin the 2012 season, Coll's coaching began to take affect 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 new UNLV mark, which was only snapped in a one-goal loss to seventh-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.
Under Coll, a school-record three Rebels were named all-region, while four players earned first team All-Mountain West honors, also a program best.
Coll came to Las Vegas from Penn State, where he was an assistant coach for the women's soccer program for eight years. 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-conference selection and earned all-region honors 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 in 1997, and a master's degree in education from Saint Francis in 2004. 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