ELKINS — The Davis & Elkins College Department of Athletics and Director of Athletics Jamie Joss have announced the hiring of D&E Alumnus Declan McGill as the next Head Women’s Soccer Coach, effective Jan. 28.
McGill served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Men’s Soccer program this past fall, returning to Elkins after a three-year stint at Frostburg State, where he was the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach. While at Frostburg, McGill assisted in all facets of the program, including game planning, recruiting, practice planning, ensuring academic success, and organizing travel. During his time in Frostburg, McGill coached the team to three conference tournament appearances, and an overall record of 20-15-3. This fall, in his role as Volunteer Assistant Coach, McGill primarily assisted in tactical development and training.
“We are elated to select Declan for this new role. He is a great fit for our athletic program and we believe he will lead our women’s soccer program back to prominence,” said Director of Athletics Jamie Joss.
“As an alumni of the College, he understands the strengths of our College and our outstanding soccer history, which will serve him well as he carries on the recruiting process in place. Declan brings not only his strong playing and coaching experience, but a contagious enthusiasm and knowledge for the game, which I strongly believe our current women’s team and future Senators will be drawn to,” said Joss.
In addition to his experience on the collegiate level, McGill adds coaching experience at clubs such as FC33, Seneca Soccer Club, and Allegheny Soccer Alliance, as well as overseas experience in his native England. While at Frostburg, McGill served as a Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports, and has recently worked at the South Preston School as a Health and Physical Education Teacher.
During his career as a Senator (2011-2014), McGill was a captain and four-year impact player, leading the team to a 47-22-6 record during his time in Elkins. McGill was named to both the WVIAC and GMAC All-Academic Teams, and made GMAC 1st Team All-Conference during his senior season in 2014. McGill was also given the Joe Carroll ’69 Leadership Award in 2015, and helped the team to an NCAA Tournament Appearance in 2012.
“I want to share my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Jamie Joss and the Department of Athletics at Davis & Elkins College for believing in me and allowing me the opportunity to lead this program into its next chapter. I look forward to building on the recent success of the program, and working with our student-athletes for success on the field and in the classroom,” said McGill.
McGill graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education in Health from Davis & Elkins College in May 2015. McGill also holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Frostburg State.