(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – Thomas More College president David A. Armstrong, J.D. and athletic director Terry Connor have named Kim McGowan the new head women's soccer coach at Thomas More.
McGowan comes to Thomas More after serving as the head women's soccer coach at Olivet College the past two seasons. In her first season, she helped the Comets post an 11-6-3 overall record and advance to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament semifinals with an 8-5-3 league record. The 11 wins were the most in school history for a season since 2010 and the fifth-most in school history for a season and the eight MIAA wins tied the school record for conference wins in a season. McGowan guided the team to an 8-10-1 record and finished sixth in the MIAA with a 6-9-1 mark in conference play. In her two seasons at Olivet, she had four players earn All-MIAA honors, including three first teamers. In 2016, McGowan was selected as a 30-under-30 honoree by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The 30-under-30 recognizes a group of up and coming young coaches in college soccer.
"We are very excited that Kim is joining the Thomas More community as our new women's soccer coach", stated Connor. "Her playing and coaching experience at the NCAA Division III level will help take a very successful program to the next level in the coming seasons."
"I would like to thank President Armstrong and athletic director Terry Connor for the opportunity to take over a nationally successful women's soccer program," said McGowan. "I'm excited where the program is currently at and will work hard to keep it on the national stage."
McGowan spent the 2014 season at Hiram College as an assistant Coach. She was involved in all aspects of the program and helped the team earn five all-conference honorees, the most in school history.
Prior to Hiram, McGowan spent two season at Agnes Scott College as an assistant coach. During her time there, she helped the Scotties advance to two Great South Athletic Conference Tournament Championship games. Agnes Scott won the tournament in 2012 to advance to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. This was the first time in school history any team sport had made the national tournament. She also served as the assistant women's lacrosse coach in 2013.
Coach McGowan played collegiately for four seasons at Ohio Northern University. During her time at Ohio Northern, the Polar Bears finished second in the conference regular season standings and second in the conference tournament three years in a row and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. During her senior year, ONU went undefeated in regular season conference play and earned another at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. A first round win advanced the Polar Bears to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, another first for the women's soccer program. Overall in her four years at ONU, the Polar Bears amassed a 58-20-6 overall record, with a 31-3-2 conference regular-season record.
McGowan, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and an Oak Hills High School graduate, earned a bachelor of art's degree in sport management from Ohio Northern, and a master's degree in sports administration from Georgia State University. She currently holds a NSCAA Premier Level Diploma, National "C" license for coaching and a Goalkeeper Level 3 license.