Brian McMahon Named New Head Coach for PBA Men's Soccer
February 11, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Brian McMahon has been named the new head coach of the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s soccer program as announced on Tuesday by Carolyn Stone, PBA’s Director of Athletics. Most recently the head coach at Belhaven (Miss.) University where he led his team to the 2012 NAIA National Championship and a 2013 Elite 8 appearance, McMahon will officially begin his duties at Palm Beach Atlantic in the next few weeks.
Coach McMahon will inherit a Sailfish men’s soccer program that has produced seven straight winning seasons while being a nationally-ranked NCAA Division II program during different parts of the last two years under former head coach Jose Gomez.
“We are very excited to welcome Brian and his family as new members of our Sailfish family,” said Stone. “His background and success as a collegiate head coach were obvious during the interview process but it was his passion and specific vision for our program’s future on and off the field that set him apart and made him the right person for this position.”
McMahon has spent the past two seasons leading Belhaven to back-to-back appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, reaching at least the Elite 8 in both campaigns. His first season was a memorable one as he helped guide the Blazers to their second-ever NAIA National Championship as his team finished 19-4-1 and defeated the University of Mobile 2-0 in the title match. His good work led him to being named the NSCAA and the NAIA National Coach of the Year.
This past season saw the McMahon-led Blazers reach the round of eight at the NAIA National Tournament before losing to the eventual national champions, Martin Methodist College, by a 2-1 score in double overtime. The team finished 16-7-1 while extending their program’s streak of 49 straight polls of being ranked in the NAIA top-25 coaches poll.
“I’m thrilled to be afforded the chance to coach at Palm Beach Atlantic and I want to thank President Fleming, Carolyn Stone and the search committee for this amazing opportunity to lead the young men in this program,” said McMahon. “I’ve been a long-time admirer of this University and its mission and I’m extremely excited to be a part of the vision that the administration has cast for athletics as a component for spiritual development of student-athletes.”
“My family and I were drawn to PBA for many reasons but the opportunity to be in a faith-based environment that puts an emphasis on the all-around student-athlete experience is something we really look forward to being a part of,” continued McMahon.
Coach McMahon brings 20 years of collegiate coaching and playing experience to the Sailfish program following coaching stints at Belhaven and a 12-year run as head coach at Greenville College in Illinois. His tenure leading both the Panthers men’s and women’s soccer programs (2000-11) resulted in him becoming the all-time wins leader for both programs while his men’s team became the first sport at Greeneville to reach the NCAA National Tournament, which he accomplished on three different occasions. His final five seasons leading the Panthers men’s program resulted in a record of 128-58-24 while his final three seasons in charge of the women’s team saw him tally a 72-30 record on his way to 276 collegiate wins.
Before starting his career in coaching, McMahon played four years at Indiana Wesleyan University where he helped lead his team to a pair of Mid-Central Conference Championships, two NAIA regional appearances and two appearances at the NCCAA National Tournament.
He would go on to earn his bachelor’s degree in psychology at IWU before obtaining his master’s degree in kinesiology with a concentration in sport behavior and psychology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. In addition, McMahon also holds a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Licensure at the one level. (CCDC I)
Brian and his wife, Jennifer, have four children: Mackenzie, twins Abby and Keegan, and Ally Parker.