Peter McGahey was named the fifth head coach in Central Michigan women's soccer history on Jan. 9, 2013.
McGahey has built a solid program during his three years at the helm, leading the Chippewas to a combined 17-14-2 Mid-American Conference record over that span as they have hung their hat on defense. The Chippewas have ranked in the top five in the MAC in goals allowed, goals against average, saves and shutouts in each of McGahey's three years at the helm.
That the Chippewas have been highly competitive in the MAC during McGahey's reign is due in part to the rugged non-conference schedule CMU annually faces as a lead-in to the conference campaign.
In 2016, the Chippewas will again face a non-league slate loaded with tough competition, including dates with representatives of the Big Ten (Michigan State) and the Big 12 (Kansas State) as well as two programs that won their respective league tournaments last season -- Oakland (Horizon League) and Duquesne (Atlantic 10) -- and reached the College Cup.
During McGahey's tenure, 11 of his student-athletes have earned All-MAC honors including defender Estee Outcalt, who earned a spot on the first team in 2013. In 2015, five Chippewas were named to the league honor squads, including four -- Mary Carlson, Lexi Pelafas, Madison Pogarch and Zoie Reed -- who earned a spot on the Freshman All-MAC team.
In his first season, McGahey's Chippewas showed the mettle and heart of a champion by battling through adversity before and during the season. The rigorous non-conference schedule was made even more difficult as the Chippewas faced a rash of season-ending injuries to key players. Four teams on CMU's early schedule would go on to earn a berth in the College Cup. CMU posted a stellar 8-3-0 record in MAC competition.
McGahey, the 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Coach of the Year, had unprecedented success at the helm of Minnesota State over five seasons (2008-12), 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 in 2012, 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 direction helped 30 players earn All-NSIC honors, while five Mavericks earned nine separate All-American honors athletically and academically.
McGahey's defenses were among the best in the country, ranking in the top 25 nationally in goals-against average in four of his five seasons. The Mavericks had a goals-against average of just 0.46 in 2012 and 2011, ranking fourth and ninth in the country, respectively.
The Mavericks' offenses were just as impressive, leading the NSIC in goals scored each in his final 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 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 Broncos 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 earned his master's in physical education at Ball State University in 2005 and is 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.