The New Mexico State athletic department announced this morning that they will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. to announce the new women's soccer head coach. Our sources have informed us that Blair Quinn, assistant coach at Arizona State, will be introduced as the Aggies' head coach. Quinn will become the second head coach in the program's history as he replaces Michael Needham who departed after the season to take over at his alma mater, Rhode Island.
The Sun Devils have reached the NCAA Tournament each of the past two seasons.
From Quinn's Arizona State Bio:
Former professional soccer player Blair Quinn joined the Arizona State women's soccer program as assistant coach in July, 2007 after serving in a similar position at Loyola Marymount University. In his role Quinn works with all facets of the ASU program with special concentration on tutoring the Sun Devils' goalkeepers.
Quinn's expertise and ability to teach became evident very quickly in Tempe as Sun Devil goalkeeper Briana Silvestri set a single-season school mark for GAA (.085) in 2007, her first season as a full-time starter. In 2008 Silvestri would break her own record with a 0.77 GAA, recording six shutouts along the way and recording NSCAA National Player of the Week honors following her back back-to-back shutouts at Baylor and at Texas.
"Blair is evolving into an outstanding coach who has contributed a lot not only on the field, but also to the overall direction of the program," said ASU head coach Kevin Boyd. "He played professionally for several years, including one year here in Phoenix and so he brings not only a great understanding of the goalkeeper position but also a lot of professionalism. He has a great perspective of the game and is a real asset to our team."
Before his appointment at Loyola Marymount, Quinn served as volunteer assistant and goalkeepers coach at the University of Kansas where the Jayhawks finished with an 11-7-1 record in 2006. Under Quinn's tutelage, Kansas sophomore goalkeeper Julie Hanley recorded a goals against average of 0.98 while recording seven shutouts.
In addition to his duties with the Jayhawks women's soccer program, Quinn also coached with the Blue Valley Soccer Club in Overland Park, Kan., for three seasons. Prior to joining the staff at Kansas, Quinn was an assistant women's coach at Johnson County Community and a graduate assistant with the men's program at his alma mater, Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.
Quinn played at Rockhurst from 1994 through 1996, earning NAIA 1st Team All-America and NSCAA 2nd Team All-America honors in 1996. During his senior season, he set and still holds the NAIA record for shutouts with 19, earning an invitation to the NSCAA/UMBRO All-America Game.
Following his college career, Quinn, who currently has a USSF `A' License, played professionally with four teams over a six-year period. He began his career with the Tallahassee Scorpions of the EISL before moving to the Sacramento Knights of the WISL. He then played for the Arizona Thunder (WISL) before concluding his career with the Kansas City Comets (MISL).