HAMMOND, La. – Christopher McBride had all the attributes Southeastern Louisiana Director of Athletics Jay Artigues was looking for in a head coach for the Lady Lions soccer program.
“We’re really excited about our new hire,” Artigues said. “Coach McBride brings a sense of energy and enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge. I can’t wait for him to get started with our young ladies.”
McBride was officially named the fourth head coach in the program’s history on Monday and was scheduled to meet with the team that afternoon.
McBride follows Kim Stewart (1995-97), Blake Hornbuckle (1998-2016) and Matt Muia (interim, 2016) as head coaches of the Lady Lions.
McBride will be taking over a program that went 7-11-2 overall and finished fifth in the Southland Conference at 4-6-1 in 2016. The Lady Lions advanced to their league-best 19th Southland Tournament before losing to eventual tournament champion Houston Baptist 2-1 in the first round.
Southeastern has won four conference tournament titles in its history and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2009, ’13 and ’15. It is one of two programs in Louisiana to have won 200 games.
McBride comes to Southeastern from the University of South Alabama where he served one season as an assistant coach under head coach Graham Winkworth. The Jaguars captured their fourth straight Sun Belt Conference Tournament title this past season after finishing with a 7-3 conference mark during the season. USA advanced to the NCAA Tournament, losing to 11th-ranked Auburn, 4-0, in the first round to finish the season at 15-6-1 overall.
McBride previously was at North Alabama for four seasons, helping lead the Lions to a 50-21-6 record and three NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. In 2015, he worked with UNA goalkeepers who recorded eight shutouts and a 0.75 goals against average as the Lions won both the Gulf Coast Conference regular season and conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a 15-3-2 record.
UNA had a 0.57 GAA, posting 11 shutouts — including a streak of seven straight — in going 14-4-1 with a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014. In his first season, McBride helped the Lions record a 13-6-1 mark that included a 1-0 victory over Valdosta State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. UNA tied for second in the GSC that year with a league record of 6-2-1, finishing third in the conference with seven shutouts.
McBride is a 2011 graduate of Martin Methodist, serving as team captain twice in a four-year career during which time the RedHawks won one TranSouth Conference regular-season championship and one league tournament title in addition to advancing the quarterfinals of the 2009 NAIA Tournament. As a senior in 2010, McBride — who was selected a TranSouth scholar athlete on three occasions — was named an Academic All-American while receiving both the Tom Read Academic Award for the highest grade-point average by a male student-athlete and the Royce Hughes Physical Education Non-Licensure Award.
Serving as an assistant coach in 2011, he helped MMC to a 14-2-2 overall record as the RedHawks would claim the TranSouth regular-season championship while advancing to the final 16 of the NAIA Tournament.
A native of Prestwick, Scotland, McBride earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in biology, graduating with magna cum laude honors. He holds a Scottish Youth F.A. level “E” and “D” License as well as Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Licenses in Goalkeeping from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, in addition to an NSCAA National Diploma and has also helped coach the Alabama Olympic Development Program.
McBride and his wife, Sally, have a son, Aidan