Gary Curneen
Gary  Curneen

Omagh, Northern Ireland

Asst. Coach/Camp and Clinic Coordinator

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Stafford Adds Lie, Curneen to Coaching Staff

Duo brings more than 19 years of coaching experience to women's soccer program


Gary Curneen joined the University of Cincinnati women's soccer coaching staff in January 2013 after serving the past nine seasons as the head coach for the Wingate University women's soccer program, where he compiled an overall record of 95-48-8.

Curneen led the 2012 Bulldogs to a 14-3-1 overall record and their first NCAA tournament at-large bid. The Bulldogs went 13-1-1 in the regular season, going 8-1 in conference play for the second straight year and advancing to the South Atlantic Conference championship match for the third straight season.

Twenty of Curneen's student-athletes earned All-SAC honors during his Wingate tenure, including: 2012 SAC Player of the Year Jade Montgomery, who led the nation in goals; 2011 All-America Kelly Adams, who led the nation in assists; and defender Heather Schlick, who was named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team. One of Curneen's former student-athletes, Kerstin Williams, has gone on to the next level of soccer and signed a professional contract with Finnish team GBK.

The 2011 season was a historic year for Wingate, winning a program-record 16 matches. The Bulldogs went 16-4 on the year and defeated fifth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne in the SAC championship match to earn their first SAC tournament title and, subsequently, their first NCAA Tournament bid. Curneen held the previous program-record mark of 14 wins set in 2008.

In 2010, Curneen led the Bulldogs to a 13-3-3 overall record, and 7-1-1 in the SAC, which was good for a third-place finish in the conference, and their first appearance in the SAC tournament championship game.

Curneen served two seasons as assistant men's soccer coach at Wingate prior to taking over the reins of the women's soccer program. He assisted in all aspects of recruiting, practice and game management.

In addition to his coaching ledger at Wingate, Curneen has served the Union County Soccer Association as a team trainer for various age groups (U-9 to U-16). He has been an assistant director in the Olympic Development Program for the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA), directing all aspects of training for U-11 girls.

Curneen possesses an "A" coaching license from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). He holds the premier diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Curneen was a marketing intern for the Boston Bulldogs of the A League and the Boston Renegades of the W-League for two summers.

As a Bulldog student-athlete, Curneen earned four letters in men's soccer for head coach Gary Hamill. Curneen helped Wingate earn its first NCAA Division II playoff berth in 1999. Curneen earned his bachelor's and master's degree (MBA) at Wingate University.