MOUNT PLEASANT - After conducting a national search, Central Michigan University Director of Athletics Dave Heeke has announced the hiring of Peter McGahey as head coach of the women's soccer program.
Extended coverage of McGahey's hiring can be found here on cmuchippewas.com following a press conference to introduce the fifth head coach in program history Thursday afternoon at 1:30. A link to the live press conference will be available just prior to the event.
"We have a championship coach to lead our championship program," Heeke said. "We are proud to welcome Peter and his family to the Mount Pleasant and CMU communities. He will be a great asset to our department and community and, with a proven track record, is in a great position to keep our program moving forward in all areas."
McGahey, the 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Coach of the Year, has had unprecedented success at the helm of Minnesota State over the last five seasons, compiling a record of 74-21-13 (.755 winning percentage) while leading the Mavericks to four appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament. His squad finished with a program-best 17-1-5 record last season, going 14-0-1 to capture its first NSIC regular season championship and become the first team to finish unbeaten in NSIC play since 2008.
The Mavericks also claimed their first-ever Central Regional Championship last season, advancing further in the NCAA Tournament than any other team in program history.
His tutelage helped 30 players earn All-NSIC honors, while five Mavericks earned nine separate All-American honors athletically and academically.
Both Central Michigan and McGahey have built programs with proven success on and off the field. McGahey displayed true leadership qualities at Minnesota State as 59 student-athletes earned Academic All-NSIC accolades during his tenure and three were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in 2012. Each of his five teams also earned the National Soccer Coaches Association Academic Award, an award that the Central Michigan program has earned each of the last 13 seasons.
McGahey's defenses have been some of the best in the country, ranking in the top 25 nationally in goals-against average in four of his five seasons. The Mavericks have had a goals-against average of just 0.46 each of the last two seasons, ranking fourth and ninth in the country, respectively.
The Mavericks' offenses have been just as impressive, leading the NSIC in goals scored each of the last two seasons - 58 in 2012 and 56 in 2011 - while never ranking lower than third in his five years. Minnesota State ranked 15th in the country in 2012 with 2.52 goals per contest.
Prior to his time at Minnesota State, McGahey, 37, spent a year as an assistant coach for South Dakota State (2007) and was an assistant coach at Central Oklahoma during the 2004 season in which the Bronchos claimed a Lone Star Conference regular season title.
From May 2005 to April 2007, McGahey served as the Technical Director for the Colorado Fusion Soccer Club, playing a leading role in the merger of the Denver Soccer Club and the Colorado Sting FC, which resulted in the club's increase from 2,400 to 5,000 youth players.
He served as the State Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Oklahoma Soccer Association from August 2001 to August 2005, leading the technical programs for approximately 40,000 youth players. His work with the youth gained him the knowledge to a write "The Soccer Coach's Guide to Working with Players and Parents" with Dr. Peter Pierror, which was published in January 2004.
McGahey played four seasons for the University of Denver from 1992-96, where he received his bachelor's degree in communications. He later earned his master's in physical education at Ball State, in 2005, and is currently pursuing his doctorate from Minnesota State in Educational Leadership with an interest on experiential learning, self-efficacy and coaching efficacy.
A native of Denver, Colo., McGahey and his wife Dawn, have two children - Ella and Will.
The McGahey File
1993-2001: Denver Soccer Club and Club Denver
2001-05: Oklahoma Soccer Association (State Director of Coaching and Player Development)
2004-05: Central Oklahoma University (Assistant Coach)
2005-07: Colorado Fusion Soccer Club (Technical Director)
2007: South Dakota State University (Assistant Coach)
2008-12: Minnesota State University (Head Coach) - 74-21-13 overall record