MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year Peter McGahey was introduced Thursday afternoon by Central Michigan University Athletics Director Dave Heeke as the new head women's soccer coach.
McGahey looks to be a perfect fit for the championship culture that CMU Athletics stresses in each of its programs. He is excited to start the season with the team and get them on the right track for success.
"I am looking forward to the opportunity ahead of us," McGahey said. "The tradition is rich and I appreciate the opportunity to be the care taker of that tradition. I am proud to be joining the championship culture because I really believe in the mission and core values that we stand for here at Central Michigan. Success here is both on and off the field and in the growth of the student athlete."
McGahey admires the culture at Central Michigan and will bring to the team a stimulating and attacking style of play both offensively and defensively. He sees the potential in the Chippewas and the shared value of championship culture within the team.
"Attacking style is on both sides of the ball. Offensively we need to attack when we have the ball and score goals, which we are able to do," said McGahey. "When they have it, you need to get it back. We want to make sure we play an aggressive and assertive style both when we have the ball and when we don't."
Prior to Central Michigan, McGahey's teams at Minnesota State had 30 players earn All-NSIC honors, and five players earn nine separate All-American honors athletically and academically. He plans on continuing the women's soccer academic accomplishments next season. McGahey intends to make sure all the student-athletes on the team are embracing the open learning opportunities that Central Michigan has to offer.
"We are going to strive to be the premier Division I soccer program in the country," said McGahey. "We are going to do it focusing on three things: the wholistic development of our student-athletes, academic achievement and absolutely athletic excellence. I look forward to working with the staff, the student-athletes and getting started as soon as we can."
McGahey has five seasons of Division II head coaching experience at Minnesota State University. He held a record of 74-21-13, a .775 winning percentage, and led the team to four postseason NCAA Tournament appearances. The Mavericks also earned the Central Regional Championship title last season, advancing further in the NCAA Tournament than any other team in program history.