Chris McNaughton resigns as MSSU head soccer coach


Joplin, Mo. — Missouri Southern State University women’s soccer coach Chris McNaughton has announced his resignation effective immediately in order to pursue other coaching opportunities. A national search for McNaughton’s replacement is underway.

McNaughton compiled a 16-28-9 overall record for the Lions coaching the team from 2016-2018. He led the team to the second-most wins in the decade with seven in his final season.

He started this past season 6-2-2 which included a 2-2 draw on the road at defending National Champion and 8th-ranked Central Missouri.

In 2017, the Lions placed fifth in the MIAA standings and had the program’s first postseason appearance since 2012 where the team battled Fort Hays State to a scoreless draw in the first round of the MIAA tournament.


In three seasons, he coached 11 All-MIAA selections as well as 34 MIAA Academic Honor Roll picks. He had one All-Region player in Ronise Miller, as well as an All-Region Scholar Team member this past season in Alex McCord.

“We wish coach McNaughton the best in his future endeavors,” said Athletic Director Jared Bruggeman. “He helped steer the program in the direction it needed to be and has recruited outstanding players that can be successful in a highly-competitive MIAA.”


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