The four men's soccer staff members are predicting four different nations to win the World Cup.
Cincinnati-area high school All-Americans Jack Clark and Christian Hay joined by Norwegian Vebjorn Krovel and junior college All-American Alejandro Garcia.
Dan McNally will be in his third season as assistant men's soccer coach at the University of Cincinnati in 2015, following a successful stint as head coach at Montana State-Billings.
During his time at Cincinnati, part of McNally’s coaching responsibilities have included leading UC's international recruiting efforts. His products have paid immediate dividends on the field, highlighted by Norwegian Vebjorn Krovel earning American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Honors and a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Top 100 Freshmen list in 2014 after starting every match on the back line for the Bearcats.
As a head coach at Montana State-Billings (NCAA Division-II), McNally had an overall record of 71-63-10 in eight years at the helm of the Yellowjacket program and led the team to five winning seasons. He completed his tenure in Billings as the all-time leader in coaching wins and the only men's soccer coach to record a winning season in the 19-year history of the program. During his tenure as the head coach at Montana State – Billings, McNally recruited the 2009 NCAA D-II Daktronics National Player of the Year and the 2007 and 2009 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Conference Player of the Year. Under his direction, the Yellowjackets also received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award five consecutive years (2007-11). He also served as chair of the MSUB Soccer Facility Steering Committee, which raised over $450,000 for the school's soccer facility.
Prior to his stint at Montana State-Billings, McNally spent four years as an assistant coach at NCAA D-II Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where his responsibilities included recruiting, fundraising, coordinating travel and coaching. During his time in Ft. Lauderdale, McNally helped Nova Southeastern to an overall record of 54-17-8 which stands as the most successful period in the program’s recent history.
McNally's playing career initially started in England, where he was a youth academy player for the English Premier League's Blackburn Rovers from 1990-93. From 1993-94, he played for the England Independent Schoolboys National U-16 team, taking the pitch alongside Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard. He then signed as an apprentice professional player with Bury FC (League 2) where he played in the reserves (2nd team) as a 17 year old.
McNally then came to the United States to play collegiately at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. With Embry-Riddle, he earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-America Honors, while also twice earning first team All-Florida Sun Conference honors and earning a pair of team most valuable player awards. In 1999, as a senior, he captained the Eagles to the Florida Sun Conference regular season championship. Before the start of his coaching career McNally played for 2 seasons in the Professional Development League (PDL). In 1999 he played for the Orlando Nighthawks and in 2000 he played for the Palm Beach Pumas.
He has been an active member of the NSCAA. McNally served as the NSCAA technical director of soccer coaching for Montana (2008-12). He received the NSCAA Premier License (2010), NSCAA Advanced National Diploma in (2005) and NSCAA National Diploma in (2003). He passed both his National and Advanced National Diplomas with distinction. In addition, McNally coached for the Magic City Soccer Club (2006-12) in Billings. During this time, his club teams won five Montana state championships.
McNally received his bachelor's degree in communications from Embry-Riddle in 2000 and his master's of education in school counseling from Montana State-Billings in 2012. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Liam and Kellan.