Brian McMahon was named the new head coach of the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s soccer program on February 11, 2014.
In his second season at the helm of the blue and white, McMahon smashed all expectations leading the Sailfish to a program-best 17 wins, a NCAA Division II South Region Championship, and led the Sailfish to an NCAA Elite Eight appearance. He had seven players named NCAA All-Americans, as four were named to the 2015 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-American team, and three were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America Team. Coach McMahon was also named the 2015 NSCAA South-Region Coach of the Year.
In his first season on the sideline for Palm Beach Atlantic, McMahon exceeded expectation and lead the Sailfish to 12 wins, a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Region championship, and a trip to the NCCAA Final Four. He had three individuals honored to the NCCAA All-American team, and saw junior Jermaine Metz named to the Daktronics All-Region second-team. Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of all, however, was PBA earning the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA) Sportsmanship Award.
In addition to his success on the sidelines, McMahon is respected by his peers as he was elected to serve a three-year term as the National Chair of the NSCAA/NCAA DII committee. In this role he will be a liaison between the NCAA and the coaches. He will also run the annual business meeting.
Coach McMahon has over 20 years of collegiate coaching and playing experience with a resume that includes coaching stints at Belhaven (Miss.) University and Greenville (Ill.) College.
McMahon spent 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.
The 2013 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.
Prior to leading the Blazers he spent 12 years as head coach of both the men’s and women’s programs at Greenville College. 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.