Christopher McBride was officially named the fourth head coach in the history of the Southeastern women's soccer program on Nov. 28, 2016.
McBride follows Kim Stewart (1995-97), Blake Hornbuckle (1998-2016) and Matt Muia (interim, 2016) as head coaches of the Lady Lions.
McBride comes to Southeastern from the University of South Alabama where he served one season as an assistant coach under head coach Graham Winkworth. The Jaguars captured their fourth straight Sun Belt Conference Tournament title this past season after finishing with a 7-3 conference mark during the season. USA advanced to the NCAA Tournament, losing to 11th-ranked Auburn, 4-0, in the first round to finish the season at 15-6-1 overall.
McBride previously was at North Alabama for four seasons, helping lead the Lions to a 50-21-6 record and three NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. In 2015, he worked with UNA goalkeepers who recorded eight shutouts and a 0.75 goals against average as the Lions won both the Gulf Coast Conference regular season and conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a 15-3-2 record.
UNA had a 0.57 GAA, posting 11 shutouts — including a streak of seven straight — in going 14-4-1 with a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014. In his first season, McBride helped the Lions record a 13-6-1 mark that included a 1-0 victory over Valdosta State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. UNA tied for second in the GSC that year with a league record of 6-2-1, finishing third in the conference with seven shutouts.
McBride is a 2011 graduate of Martin Methodist, serving as team captain twice in a four-year career during which time the RedHawks won one TranSouth Conference regular-season championship and one league tournament title in addition to advancing the quarterfinals of the 2009 NAIA Tournament. As a senior in 2010, McBride — who was selected a TranSouth scholar athlete on three occasions — was named an Academic All-American while receiving both the Tom Read Academic Award for the highest grade-point average by a male student-athlete and the Royce Hughes Physical Education Non-Licensure Award.
Serving as an assistant coach in 2011, he helped MMC to a 14-2-2 overall record as the RedHawks would claim the TranSouth regular-season championship while advancing to the final 16 of the NAIA Tournament.
A native of Prestwick, Scotland, McBride earned his master’s degree in health and human performance from the University of North Alabama in 2013. He received a bachelor’s degree from Martin Methodist in physical education with a minor in biology, graduating with magna cum laude honors. He holds coaching certificates and diplomas from the Scottish Youth F.A, USSF, and NSCAA."
McBride and his wife, Sally, have a son, Aidan.