Gavin McKinney begins his fifth season as the women’s soccer coach at Cumberland University, taking the Bulldog program to previously unforeseen heights during his brief tenure.
Cumberland has posted a 54-22-2 overall during his four seasons as head coach, including a 19-3-0 mark in 2012 and 16-4-1 in 2013. The squad finished second during the 2012 regular season in the Mid-South Conference and claimed the program’s first-ever conference championship by winning the conference tournament, knocking off eventual national champion Lindsey Wilson in the tourney final.
The club received an automatic berth into the NAIA National Tournament, the program’s first-ever trip to the national tourney, and then won 1-0 in the NAIA Championship Opening Round at Martin Methodist, advancing to the Round of 16 in Orange Beach, Ala. The squad set program records for wins, goals scored (91) and goals against (12).
In addition the Bulldogs Cumberland scored 91 total goals as a team, the top mark in the NAIA for the season, and averaged 4.14 goals per match, which ranked second in the country. The club also handed out 65 assists, fourth most in the nation, and ranked fourth nationally with 13 shutouts. Freshman Kelsey Langille led the nation in points (82), goals (37), shots per game (7.18) and shots on goal per game (4.18) and ranked second in the country in game-winning goals (8). Freshman Taylor Nay tied for the national lead with 18 assists while ranking third in assists per game (0.82). Sophomore keeper Lindsay Kitson tied for fifth nationally in goals-against-average (0.52), racking up 18 victories in net and making 78 saves.
Kitson and Langille were named Second and Third Team All-Americans, respectively, the first-ever All-Americans in program history, and McKinney was voted Mid-South Conference Co-Coach of the Year. Langille, Kitson, Nay, Shauna Gilpin, Reneé LaRose and Mackenzie Keele were all voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference and Rhianne Parsons and Simone Quinn both earned Second Team accolades, and Langille was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week three times and garnered NAIA National Player of the Week accolades twice.
Five student-athletes – Beth Morgan, Kaitlin Phillips, Michelle Ward, Stephanie Twardowski and Quinn – were all named Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athletes, and Quinn and Ward also earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Last season the Bulldogs claimed their first-ever regular season conference title, going undefeated in Mid-South Conference play, before falling in overtime in the conference tournament finals. The club defeated No. 22 Brenau University early in the season and then toppled No. 1-ranked Lindsey Wilson at home in October.
CU received an at-large berth into the national tournament and won a home match against Ottawa University in the NAIA Championship Opening Round, reaching Orange Beach for the second straight year. The Bulldogs lost in overtime in the Round of 16 to 11th-ranked Davenport University.
Nay was voted Mid-South Conference Player of the Year, Olivia Chu earned Freshman of the Year honors and McGinney garnered Coach of the Year accolades for the second straight season. In addition, Kitson, Gilpin, Parsons, Kaitlin Phillips, Mackenzie Keele and Ward were all voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference and Kristen Anstey and Reneé LaRose garnered Second Team accolades. Chu and Kitson were named Second and Third Team All-Americans, respectively, while Parsons, Gilpin, Nay and Ward all earned Honorable Mention All-American nods.
Parsons garnered NAIA National Offensive Player of the Week honors once during the 2013 season and was named Mid-South Conference Offensive Player of the Week twice during the campaign. Gilpin also earned MSC Offensive POW honors once while Anstey, Ward and Kitson were all recognized as MSC Defensive Players of the Week.
Kitson, LaRose, Morgan, Nay, Phillips and Ward each were named Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athletes and Morgan, Phillips and Ward all garnered Daktronica-NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition. Nay was also voted Capital One Academic All-District 2 by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
During McKinney’s first season, the Bulldogs finished 9-7-1 overall after winning just three matches the season before. LaRose was voted TranSouth Conference Freshman of the Year, LaRose and Helena Dimantas Farias both earned First Team All-TranSouth accolades and Morgan Shaffer and Ward garnered Second Team honors.
Dimantas Farias was twice named TranSouth Offensive Player of the Week while Hanna Sparks earned Defensive POW accolades once. Angela Cortes, Mandie Crispin, Quinn and Dimantas Farias were all named TranSouth Scholar-Athletes and Dimantas Farias earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.
In 2011 Cumberland battled injuries almost the entire year yet finished the season 10-8-0 overall. Dimantas Farias was voted First Team All-TranSouth and Mackenzie Keele earned Second Team accolades while Siobhan Morales, Dimantas Farias, Candice Ray, Quinn, Shaffer and Ward were all named TranSouth Scholar-Athletes and Dimantas Farias and Quinn earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors. Quinn was also voted Capital One Academic All-District IV by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Elizabeth Surdam earned TranSouth Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors three times and Dimantas Farias was named Offensive Player of the Week three times as well. Ray also garnered Offensive accolades once.
McKinney played four seasons at Lambuth University, earning All-Mid-South Conference honors as a junior and senior in 2003 and 2004. He was a member of the Dean’s List during the Fall of 2004 and earned the Eagle Award in 2004 as well.
McKinney graduated with a bachelor’s in Recreation and Sports Management from Lambuth in 2005 and received his master’s in Education from UT Martin in 2006.
The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native started his coaching career with the West Tennessee Select Soccer Club and the U18 boys team in 2005. McKinney was then the boys and girls soccer coach at Madison Academic High School in Jackson, Tenn., for the 2006-07 academic year before becoming a full-time assistant at Bethel University during the summer of 2007.
During his three seasons as an assistant coach at Bethel, McKinney served as the recruiting coordinator, running daily training sessions with the team and assisting in match management, travel preparation and scheduling. The Wildcats posted a 30-18-7 record during his three seasons, finishing runner-up in the TranSouth regular season twice and appearing in the conference tournament championship game all three years.
McKinney served as a club coach with the Jackson Soccer Club from 2006-10 and as part of the State of Tennessee Olympic Development Training Program for two years. He holds a “B” coaching license with the US Soccer Federation, completed in February 2012.
McKinney was a member of the Sherwood Park Rangers Soccer Club from 1995-00, serving as captain. Sherwood won provincial championships from 1998-00.
|2013||Head Coach||Cumberland||16-4-1||NAIA National Tournament - Final 16|
|2012||Head Coach||Cumberland||19-3-0||NAIA National Tournament - Final 16|
|2009||Assistant Coach||Bethel Univ.||6-6-5|
|2008||Assistant Coach||Bethel Univ.||9-7-2|
|2007||Assistant Coach||Bethel Univ.||15-5-0|