FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Fairmont State University has hired Patrick McGinnis as the first head coach of the women’s soccer program that will begin competition in the Mountain East Conference in the fall of 2014. McGinnis comes to Fairmont after spending the last six seasons as the head women’s soccer coach at Alderson & Broaddus.
“We are very excited to welcome Patrick to Fairmont State as the first women’s soccer coach,” said Director of Athletics Tim McNeely. “Patrick did a tremendous job building the A-B program over its six years and we are very confident that he can have the same success at Fairmont State.”
McGinnis has been the head coach at A-B since the program started in 2008. The Alderson Broaddus women’s soccer program had a record of 58-45-11 under McGinnis, including a WVIAC tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2011. The Battlers also completed a 13-5-1 season in 2012 to win the WVIAC Regular Season Championship.
“I am very excited for another opportunity to build a soccer program from the ground up here at Fairmont State,” said McGinnis. “I would like to thank President Rose, Tim McNeely and Fairmont State University for giving me this opportunity and I can’t wait to get to work.”
After going just 3-13 in the programs inaugural year, McGinnis led the Battlers to a nine win improvement in his second year by going 12-5-4. The turnaround was the seventh-largest in NCAA Division II history.
In his six years leading the A-B program, his players received WVIAC honors 32 times and were named player of the week seven times. McGinnis has also coached 15 NSCAA All-Atlantic Region athletes and 10 Daktronics All-Region award winners. The Battlers have also maintained above a 3.0 in each of the last seven semesters under McGinnis.
Prior to arriving in Philippi, McGinnis served as an administrator at Glenville State College. McGinnis also served as head coach at Salem International before arriving in Glenville and has been on staff with the West Virginia Olympic Development Program since 2005. He also serves as Director of Coaching at WV United/Mountaineer United Soccer Club.