Steve McKenna
North Carolina State University
Steve McKenna
Assistant Coach
sjmckenn@ncsu.edu
North Carolina State University

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Steve McKenna recently wrapped up his first season as an assistant coach with the NC State women's soccer team in 2017, as he assisted in the team building upon its success after a breakthrough 2016 season.

NC State finished with a 15-5-2 record to finish with the most overall wins since 1995 as well as earn trips to the ACC Championship semifinals and the NCAA Second Round. In ACC play the team finished third with a 6-3-1 record, tying the most conference wins and best finish in program history.

McKenna also helped with NC State's success of finishing in the top 25 of all three final polls, ranking 16th on Top Drawer Soccer, 21st on United Soccer Coaches and 23rd on Soccer America. The accomplishment marks the second consecutive season NC State has finished in the top 25 of the final rankings and the first back-to-back top 25 finishes since 1991-92. NC State also recorded a final RPI of 23, the best in program history.
 
Prior to NC State McKenna served as assistant coach at Loyola University (MD) from 2014-16. Prior to Loyola, McKenna spent 2013 as an assistant coach at Georgetown, where the Hoyas went 16-3-2 and made a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
 
"Steve is a great fit for this position and for this program," Santoro said. "I was very patient with this search but after the time spent together and the sharing of ideas, I quickly realized that Steve is the experienced person we need. He will hit the ground running in all facets of our program and make an immediate impact at NC State."
 
The Northern Ireland native, who holds his United States Soccer Federation "A" license, brings a wealth of knowledge from his international experience before arriving in the U.S., having worked for the Irish Football Association. McKenna led the Centre for Excellence's Grassroots and Primary School programs and served as the director of player development for the U9-U12 MSI Academy.
 
McKenna and his wife, Tori, have one son, Declan.