HEAD COACH MAC MCBRIDE
Michael “Mac” McBride, who spent 15 seasons at the helm of Notre Dame College men’s soccer, was tabbed as the next head coach of the Nicholls State University women’s soccer program in July 2016.
McBride took charge of Notre Dame men’s soccer at its inception in 2001 and helped guide the program through a transition from the NAIA level to the NCAA Division II ranks. Under his leadership the Falcons posted a 213-76-16 overall record (.737), the highest winning percentage among Notre Dame’s 24 athletic programs.
McBride’s squad was successful from the outset, going 8-10-0 in its inaugural season and earning an outright American Mideast North Division championship in its second season (2002). The Falcons added on four more division championships (2004-07), three conference titles (2008, 2009, and 2010) and made four NAIA National Championship appearances (2005, 2008, 2009, and 2010). In 2010 the McBride helped Notre Dame to a 23-1-0 record and the program’s first ever National Championship Final.
The Falcons competed for one year (2012-13) as an NCAA Div. II institution in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), before joining the Mountain East Conference in 2013-14.
Notre Dame defeated Drury (MO), on Nov. 9, 2012, in the first round of the NCAA Div. II National Championship Tournament, making the squad the first program in Falcon history to both participate in, and win a postseason contest at the NCAA Div. II level.
In 2013, Notre Dame’s first season competing in the Mountain East Conference, McBride coached the Falcons to their first MEC Regular Season Championship. Over Notre Dame’s first four seasons (2012-15) competing as an NCAA Div. II Institution, the Falcons made it to the National Tournament each year.
At the NCAA Div. II level, McBride coached seven All-Americans, including one First Team All-American, nine First Team All-Region performers, four Second Team All-Region performers, 11 First Team All-Conference performers, 10 Second Team All-Conference performers, five Honorable Mention All-Conference performers, three All-MEC Freshman Team performers, five Academic All-Region honorees, 1 MEC Offensive Player of the Year, 1 MEC Defensive Player of the Year and one Academic All-American honorable mention honoree. McBride was also named the MEC Coach of the Year in 2013.
At the NAIA level, McBride made four National Championship Tournament appearances (2005, 2008, 2009, 2010), one Final Four appearance (2010) and one National Championship Final appearance (2010). He coached 15 All-Americans, one National Player of the Year, 12 Scholar-Athletes, 28 First Team All-AMC performers, four AMC-North Players of the Year, two AMC Players of the year, one AMC Freshman of the Year, two OCSA All-Ohio First Team selections and two OCSA All-Ohio Second Team selections. McBride was named the NAIA/NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2010. He was named the AMC-North Coach of the Year in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007 as well as AMC Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2010.
Before entering the college coaching ranks, McBride is was a Professional Footballers Association Community Coach from 1992-94.
McBride recently completed his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "B" License. McBride has the National Diploma (distinguished pass), Advanced National Diploma (distinguished pass), Premier Diploma (distinguished pass) Level One, Level Two and Level Three Goalkeeping Diplomas and a Director of Coaching Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. In addition, McBride also earned both a Preliminary and Preparatory Badge from the English Football Association.
Before his arrival at College Road, McBride was an assistant coach at, Walsh University from 1997-2000. Prior to his coaching career with Walsh, he was a scholarship athlete for the Cavaliers from 1995-1998. During his playing career, he earned All-AMC and All-Region honors and was an NAIA All-American nominee. Off the field, McBride was an NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete.
McBride earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and a Master’s in Education from Walsh. He earned a second Masters Degree in Education from Notre Dame College in the spring of 2013.
Originally from Birmingham, England, and a lifelong supporter of Birmingham City F.C., McBride currently resides in Houma with his wife Becky and their two daughters, Roisin and Alannah.