Paul McGinlay is in his 27th season as head coach of the Trinity Tigers men’s soccer team.
Since his appointment in 1991, Coach McGinlay has amassed a record of 459-74-29 (.843). He is ranked fourth in winning percentage among active NCAA Division III coaches and fifth on the all-time list of soccer coaches.
Coach McGinlay led the Tigers to the 2003 NCAA Division III National Championship with a flawless 24-0-0 record. The feat marked the first NCAA Championship - for any division - for a soccer team in the state of Texas. That 2003 team was inducted into the Trinity University Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2013. Trinity was also national runner-up in 2007.
The 2016 Tiger team finished with a 22-2-0 record and a #12 final ranking. Trinity advanced to its 20th NCAA Division III Tournament, qualifying for the 15th consecutive time. It marked the longest active streak in DIII soccer. The Tigers won a 19th Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship (SCAC), secured the automatic bid to the NCAA postseason and advanced to the round of 16 for the fifth year in a row.
Coach McGinlay has been elected SCAC Coach of the Year 14 times, including 2016. Respected by all of his peers, Coach McGinlay has also been tabbed as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Regional Coach of the Year, including the 2014 campaign. The NSCAA has been renamed United Soccer Coaches.
The Tigers have entered the postseason as the top-ranked team in the nation seven times. Trinity has advanced to the NCAA semifinals three times and to the quarterfinals on 10 occasions, including the 2015 season.
Thirty-one players have earned All-America kudos during Coach McGinlay’s tenure. Seven players have received Academic All-America honors, along with two NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship accolades. Twenty-five Tigers have been named either SCAC Player of the Year, Offensive or Defensive Player of the Year, or Newcomer of the Year.
Josh Smith was selected as the NSCAA Division III National Player of the Year in 2003 and went on to a pro career. He will be inducted into the Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2017. Former Tiger women’s soccer Coach Lance Key played for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. He was inducted to the Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015, along with former All-America teammate Scott Mury. Two former players, Matt Cardone and Victor Araujo, are members of the United Soccer League franchise team San Antonio FC.
Trinity’s soccer field was renovated and renamed the Paul McGinlay Soccer Field in Coach McGinlay’s honor. A dedication ceremony was held in September 2011. The playing surface was enhanced with new turf and the grandstands were expanded to accommodate 1,500 fans. The Isom Memorial was named after the late Tiger men’s standout, Timothy (Tito) Isom, who graduated in 1998. The 14-foot red-brick facility is used for announcing, scorekeeping, video recording, and live streaming of Trinity men’s and women’s soccer games. Covered bench areas are also located in the facility.
Prior to joining the Trinity staff, Coach McGinlay was an assistant men’s soccer coach at the College of Wooster (OH). He holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” License and an Advanced Diploma from the NSCAA.
A native of Corby, England, Coach McGinlay is married to a 1992 Trinity graduate, the former Whitney Newman. The couple has a daughter and son, Claire and Dylan, respectively.