In only his first season, Cissell led UMKC to its best finish at 8-8-4 (6-2-1 SL) in only its third year of existence, including a six-game winning streak, Summit League Tournament berth and a league coach of the year honor. Against No. 2 seed North Dakota State in the semifinal round of the league championships, the Kangaroos fell 2-1 after a goal by the Bison with under two minutes to play. Before coming to UMKC, Cissell spent a combined 20 seasons at William Jewell as the head coach for the men’s and women ‘s soccer programs, he also served as the director of the soccer programs for the past 11 seasons. While at William Jewell, Cissell compiled a 279-92-21 overall record in his 20 seasons as head coach. In that time, he has achieved top-10 national rankings with both the men’s and women’s soccer programs and compiled three Final Four appearances, two with the men and one with the women. Cissell has had eight squads make NAIA National Tournament appearances. Cissell was named the NSCAA/adidas NAIA Men’s National Coach of the Year in 2006 and was a 2010 National Coach of the Year finalist. He has coached 37 all-Americans and mentored 45 Academic all-Americans.