Beloit, WI – Following a national search, Connor McKee has been named the 11th head coach in the history of Beloit College Women’s Soccer. The announcement was made by Director of Athletics & Recreation Tim Schmiechen today.
”We are very excited to have Connor join our department and coach our women's soccer team,” said Schmiechen. “His success with recruiting, ability to teach and coach the game of soccer at a high level, and his commitment to mentor and push his students to be successful in the classroom and throughout campus is why we think he'll be an outstanding addition to Beloit College.”
McKee, who replaces Nick Chapman, comes to Beloit from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, where he was the Associate Head Women’s Soccer Coach last season after serving as the Huskies’ Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach from 2012-2016.
McKee was also the Girls Director of Coaching for the Northern Illinois Football Club for three seasons, coaching U10-U18 teams, and was a graduate assistant for the University of Sioux Falls Men’s Soccer team for one season.
"I couldn’t be more thrilled for this opportunity to be the head women’s soccer coach at Beloit College,” said McKee. “I want to thank Tim Schmiechen and the rest of the search committee for entrusting this program to me. From the moment I stepped on campus, I could tell that Beloit is a special school that has big plans for its academic and athletic programs. I very much look forward to the opportunity to support the student athletes in their endeavor to become the best versions of themselves in the classroom, in competition and in life."
A 2012 graduate of the University of Sioux Falls, graduating with high honors in Business and a native of Rapid City, South Dakota, McKee was a defender for Elmhurst College from 2007-08 and helped the Bluejays reach as high as Number 16 nationally. He returned home to conclude his collegiate career at Sioux Falls, where he was a team captain his senior season and an All-Great Plains Athletic Conference selection. He also earned the Daktronics NAIA Men's Scholar Athlete Award while playing for the Cougars.
McKee will begin his duties on August 11. The Bucs open their 2017 season on September 1 at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.