Mounce Named New Women's Soccer Coach
URBANA, Ohio (January 22, 2014) – Urbana University Athletic Director Doug Young recently announced the hiring of Kevin Mounce as the new Head Coach of the Blue Knight women’s soccer team.
“We are thrilled to add a coach of Kevin’s quality to lead our women’s soccer program,” said Young upon the announcement. “Kevin has spent the past 15 seasons at NCAA Division I Gardner-Webb University. We are confident that Kevin can take this young program to new heights with his wealth of experience coaching on a big stage.”
Coach Mounce comes to Urbana with 172 career wins under his belt, including a program-best 125 at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. His Runnin’ Bulldogs advanced to the conference tournament in 13 of his 15 seasons. Mounce’s squads earned back-to-back Big South Conference runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2010, and he was named the 2003 Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year. His 2001 team won an NCCAA national title, earning Mounce NCCAA National Coach of the Year honors.
Off the field, Mounce’s teams enjoyed even more success. This past fall, Mounce’s team posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.3. Following the 2004, 2005, 2012 and 2013 seasons, Mounce’s Bulldogs earned the NSCAA Team Ethics Award. Mounce also coached the only NCAA D-I Academic All-American in GWU history (A-Sun Player of the Year Leanna Woodworth).
Before his 15 seasons at Gardner-Webb, Mounce was the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky. In his four-year stop at Cumberland, Mounce won a pair of conference championships, including an undefeated season in 1998, and he was twice named Mid South Conference Coach of the Year.
“I am happy to be a part of Urbana University, the Blue Knight Athletic Department and the community,” announced Mounce upon his hiring. “I want to thank the President, Dr. Kirk Peterson and Athletic Director, Mr. Doug Young, for allowing me the chance to further the women’s soccer program here at Urbana University.”
Mounce added, “I want to get the program to the forefront of the Mountain East Conference. Our goal is to win and to win the correct way, with quality student-athletes from all around the state of Ohio. It is such a soccer-rich state with so many quality programs. My family and I are excited about the chance to get engrained into the community and become a part of the Blue Knight Family.”
Mounce and his wife, Amanda, have two children, a daughter, Peyton (7) and a son, Riley (4). Originally from Somerset, Kentucky, Mounce earned his degree in Business Administration from Sue Bennett College in 1994. He was a three-year starter and team captain for the men’s soccer team. Mounce’s first coaching job was as an assistant at his alma mater during the 1995 season. Sue Bennett College won the NSCAA National Championship that season.
Next season will be Mounce’s 20th as a collegiate head women’s soccer coach. The UU women’s soccer team is coming off a disappointing finish in the first year of the Mountain East Conference. The Blue Knights faded down the stretch, winning just once in the final ten games of the season and posting a 3-13-2 mark. The three wins were the worst since the program’s inaugural season in 1999. Mounce will become the fifth head coach in the program’s 16 seasons.