The Blinn College District has named former NCAA Division I coach Michael McBride the head coach of its men's and women's soccer teams. McBride spent the last three seasons as the head women's soccer coach at Nicholls State University.
"I am ecstatic that Michael McBride is coming on board to coach our soccer teams," said Scott Schumacher, athletic director. "He brings enormous experience as a head soccer coach at the collegiate level and his enthusiasm for Blinn College soccer is extremely contagious."
McBride brings 16 years of experience as a head men's soccer coach and eight years as an Assistant Director for Community Engagement at Notre Dame College.
"I would like to thank Chancellor Mary Hensley and Athletic Director Scott Schumacher for the opportunity to lead the Blinn College soccer programs," McBride said. "Soccer is my passion and I look forward to getting on the field to share that passion with others. Blinn has a rich tradition, strong academics, and storied athletic programs, so I am really looking forward to achieving my professional goals here."
McBride comes to Blinn from Nicholls State University, where he was the head women's soccer coach for three seasons. Under McBride's direction, the Colonels earned the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award in 2016, 2017, and 2018; earned the highest grade-point average in the 21-year history of the program; and clocked the highest annual community engagement hours in program history.
Prior to Nicholls State, McBride spent 16 seasons (2001-2016) as the head men's soccer coach for Notre Dame College. For eight years (2009-2016), he also served as the College's Assistant Athletic Director for Community Engagement.
McBride started the men's soccer program at Notre Dame College in 2001 and helped it transition from the NAIA level to the NCAA Division II ranks. Under his direction, the Falcons posted a 213-76-16 overall record (.737), the highest winning percentage in program history.
McBride's team won the American Mideast North Division championship in its second season (2002), then won four more division championships (2004-07), three conference titles (2008, 2009, and 2010), and made four NAIA National Championship appearances (2005, 2008, 2009, and 2010). In 2010, McBride guided Notre Dame to a 23-1-0 record and the program's first National Championship Final.
McBride has coached 25 All-Americans, 14 Academic All-Americans, two AMC (American Midwest Conference) North Players of the Year, an AMC Freshman of the Year, an AMC Player of the Year, two MEC (Mountain East Conference) Players of the Year, an NAIA National Player of the Year (2010), and an ICAA National Player of the Year (2011).
Before entering the college coaching ranks, McBride was a Professional Footballers Association Community Coach from 1992-94.
McBride was an assistant coach at Walsh University from 1997-2000. Prior to his coaching career with Walsh, he was a scholarship athlete for the Cavaliers from 1995-1998. During his playing career, he earned All-AMC and All-Region honors and was an NAIA All-American nominee. Off the field, McBride was an NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete.
McBride earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and a Master's in Education from Walsh. He earned a second master's degree in education from Notre Dame College in Spring 2013.
McBride's wife, Becky, is Blinn's Dean of Student Engagement. They have two daughters: Roisin and Alannah.
Men's and women's tryouts for the 2019-20 season will be held Saturday, June 29, at Hohlt Park. For more information, visit http://buccaneersports.com/sports/wsoc/2019_Soccer_Tryouts.pdf.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 41 NJCAA national championships since 1987.