By Sonny Sachdeva, November 27 2014 —
The University of Calgary Dinos men’s soccer team will have a new look on the sidelines next season as head coach Brian McDonnell has resigned. McDonnell has decided to focus on his family and his career as a full-time teacher.
During McDonnell’s five-year tenure, he guided the team to a 35–25–9 record, putting together one of the best winning percentages (.572) in Dinos men’s soccer history. The coach will leave on a high note as this past season served as his most successful with the Dinos, seeing them post a 9–3 record.
His coaching pedigree extends past Canadian InterUniversity Sport competition. Prior to taking over the Dinos coaching staff in 2010, McDonnell won league and provincial championships as head coach of the Alberta Major Soccer League’s Calgary Dinosaurs Soccer Club.
McDonnell’s playing experience served him well during his coaching tenure. He suited up as the Dinos goaltender from 2002–2007, posting four shutouts over his career, and being named captain for his final season with the team.
“My time as a Dino, both as a player and a coach, have been among the most significant in my life,” McDonnell said. “I am very proud of the steps the program has taken in the past five years and would like to thank the players, assistant coaches, managers and alumni for their support.”
The Dinos are currently searching for McDonnell’s replacement.