Paul McGinlay is in his 28th season as head coach of the Trinity Tigers men’s soccer team.
Coach McGinlay is one of the winningest coaches in the NCAA. Since his appointment in 1991, Coach McGinlay has chalked up a record of 480-76-26 (.845). He is ranked first in winning percentage among all-time NCAA Division III coaches and third in the category of active DIII coaches. Coach McGinlay holds a fourth-place ranking in winning percentage of all coaches in all of the NCAA Divisions.
He 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. Coach McGinlay’s 2007 Tiger team finished as runner-up at the national championship.
The 2017 Trinity team completed the season with a 21-2-0 record and advanced to the NCAA Playoffs for the 21st time in school history. The Tigers 16th consecutive trip to the NCAA postseason is the longest active streak in DIII soccer. Prior to the NCAA Tournament, Trinity captured its 20th Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship.
Coach McGinlay has been elected SCAC Coach of the Year 14 times, including in 2016. Respected by 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 was renamed United Soccer Coaches prior to the 2017 season.
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.
Thirty-two players have earned All-America kudos during Coach McGinlay’s tenure. Seven players have received Academic All-America honors, along with three NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship accolades. Twenty-six 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 was inducted into the Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2017. Former Tiger women’s soccer coach and men’s All-American Lance Key played for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. Key was inducted into the Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015, along with former All-America teammate Scott Mury. Former Tiger goalkeeper Matt Cardone is a member 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 United Soccer Coaches.
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.