As Neil McGuire enters his third year at the helm of the Texas Tech soccer program, he looks to make some drastic changes that he hopes will incite improvements in the record column. He has brought in one of the most highly recognized recruiting classes to campus and has made steps to instill an atmosphere of team unity and pride.
And if history predicts the future, the Red Raiders are on their way up, as Coach McGuire has proven his ability to lead several distinguished teams to success. McGuire took over the reigns of the soccer squad in 2005, coming to Tech from the University of Texas, where he served as an assistant for one season. In that season, the Longhorns finished with a 15-7-2 overall record, came in at third place in the Big 12, and notched a #16 national ranking.
Prior to his stint at Texas, McGuire was the head coach at Mississippi State during the 2000-2003 seasons. While at Mississippi State, McGuire averaged nine wins per season and established single-season school records for overall wins and conference victories during the 2001 season. McGuire was also tabbed as the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year as he led the Bulldogs to the first-ever women's conference title in Mississippi State Athletics when his team earned a share of the 2001 SEC Western Division Championship.
McGuire has tallied a head coaching mark of 61-65-7 (.484), which includes his time at Mississippi State and at Iowa Central Community College, where he was head coach for one season. McGuire also spent time at Iowa State and Arizona State, where he served as an assistant coach.
In addition to his college coaching career, McGuire is also active in the United States Soccer Olympic Development Program. He has served as the Region Three U-19 ODP team in 2002, 2004 and 2005. A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, McGuire earned his associates degree in physical education with an emphasis on coaching from Telford College in Edinburgh before relocating to the United States. Upon his arrival, McGuire attended Augusta State University (Ga.) where, while earning a bachelor's degree in psychology, he was named first-team All-Peach Belt Athletic Conference for four consecutive years. He was also a three-time NSCAA All-Region selection and was also honored with an NSCAA All-America nomination in 1992. McGuire earned his masters of education degree with an emphasis in sports administration in 2003.
McGuire's professional career includes time with the Falkirk Football Club in Scotland, the Des Moines Menace Professional Soccer Club and the Arizona Sahauros Professional Soccer Club.
"I am excited about the prospect of working here at Texas Tech, and am thankful for the opportunity afforded to me by Mr. Myers," said head coach Neil McGuire. "It is an honor to be part of this institution and Big 12 conference and I look forward to building this program into one of the premier teams in the country."
McGuire holds a United States Soccer Federation Class A licence. He resides in Lubbock with his wife Jesica and five-year-old daughter Kelyn.