Looking to extend Johnson U success, McNally new girls soccer head coach

Mason McNally has been announced as new head coach of Knoxville Catholic High School girls’ soccer program, according to a press release from KCHS athletic director Jason Surlas.

“We are excited to add someone of Coach McNally’s exceptional character and experience coaching in the soccer arena, more specifically on the girls’ side of the game,” Surlas stated.

Success at Johnson University

McNally most recently coached the women’s soccer program at Johnson University in Knoxville (his alma mater), where he spent time as an assistant before being promoted to head coach.

The team during his seven seasons secured four consecutive regional championship appearances, while five of his players earned All-American honors in six years.

As head coach, McNally led Johnson to two of its best rankings in university’s history, finishing the season ranked No. 6 nationally in 2017 and No. 4 in 2018 (national ranked by NSCAA and USC polls).

Focus on the Lady Irish

“I am honored for this opportunity to lead such a storied program” McNally said. “The caliber of individuals and athletes present at Knoxville Catholic is outstanding, and I consider it a privilege to continue the facilitation of a program that breeds such excellence.

“I look forward to seeing what the Lady Irish will bring to the field this season,” he added.

Standout player, family man

A Joplin, Missouri native, McNally enjoyed a stellar playing career at Johnson, where he was a First-Team All-Conference selection three consecutive years.

Moreover, he was “an integral part of the first two regional championships in school history to advance to the national tournament,” the KCHS press release stated.

He and wife, Amy McNally, have a 10-month old daughter, Finley.