Peter McGahey announced as new head coach of women's soccer

Women’s soccer team has found a new head coach in Peter McGahey to step into the role vacated in November by Neil Stafford who left for the same position at Cincinnati.

On Wednesday, Director of Athletics Dave Heeke has announced McGahey had been hired as the new head coach of the program.

“We have a championship coach to lead our championship program,” Heeke told CMU Athletics. "We are proud to welcome Peter and his family to the Mount Pleasant and CMU communities. He will be a great asset to our department and community and, with a proven track record, is in a great position to keep our program moving forward in all areas."

McGahey, the 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Coach of the Year, comes to CMU after being the head coach of the Minnesota State women’s soccer program for the last five seasons.

In his career with Minnesota State, McGahey led his team to four appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament and leaves the program with a 74-21-13 record while he was at the helm.

Last season his squad finished with a program-best 17-1-5 record, 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 team also earned its first-ever Central Regional Championship last season, advancing further in the NCAA Tournament than any other team in program history.

McGahey’s defenses have ranked in the top 25 nationally in goals-against average in four-of-five seasons with the Mavericks.

Prior to his time at Minnesota State, McGahey, was an assistant coach for South Dakota State in 2007 and was an assistant coach at Central Oklahoma during the 2004 season, with the Bronchos claiming a Lone Star Conference regular season title.

McGahey, a Colorado native, played four seasons for the University of Denver from 1992-96, where he received his bachelor's degree in Communications. In 2005, he earned his master's in Physical Education at Ball State is now pursuing his Doctorate from Minnesota State in Educational Leadership with an interest on experiential learning, self-efficacy and coaching efficacy.

A press conference to introduce McGahey as new head coach will be held in the media room of the CMU Events Center Thursday afternoon at 1:30.