Danny McBride has assumed the role of assistant coach for the Tornado soccer team, effective June 1, 2012. Previously he was a volunteer assistant with the team under Head Coach Simon Duffy and enters his third year with the women’s program and sixth year at the College.
McBride helped guide the Tornado to their second straight Conference Carolinas Tournament appearance in 2012. King finished with an overall record of 4-10-2, including a 3-6-2 mark in league play. Heidi Steger was named second team All-Conference Carolinas while Caroline Gentry and Lauren Kist earned academic all-conference honors.
McBride, a former student-athlete on the King men’s soccer team, is regarded as one of the area’s up-and-coming coaches at the youth and collegiate levels. His versatility as both a midfielder and defenseman during his playing days at King fostered a wide range of skills and helped develop talent up and down last year’s squad, including twice named All-Region selection Morgan Shelton who led the team with 14 goals and five assists. He also helped goalkeeper Abbey Kitts and defenseman Heidi Steger earn third team all-conference honors.
The Dundee, Scotland native involved himself at the youth level as a coach and area coordinator for multiple clubs in the Tri-Cities area. Since 2009 McBride has served as a coach for the Fusion U11 and U12 Futbol Club in Bristol (Tenn.) and is also the Junior Academy site coordinator for the Fusion Futbol Club in Kingsport. Three current Fusion players are also members of U.S. National teams. He is also an active participant in the annual and well-respected Tornado Soccer Camp held at King College as well as Vanderbilt University and Samford University’s soccer camps.
McBride played for the Tornado men’s soccer team from 2007-2010 as a midfielder and defenseman. He was a part of two Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament champion teams after the Tornado won titles in 2007 and 2008 and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in 2008. In 2009, McBride was named an NCCAA Scholar-Athlete and won the 2010-11 Team Hardcore Award and in the same offseason was named Region Athlete of the Year, presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Prior to coming to King, McBride played in the academies of two Scottish premier leagues for seven years. From 2001-2004, he played with the Dundee United F.C. and then moved to the Dundee F.C. where he played until 2007. He went on to play one season with Arboath F.C. in the Scottish Second Division where he represented Tayside Region Select Team and the Scottish Schoolboys U18 National Team.
McBride is a 2011 graduate of King College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in education from King and resides in Bristol (Tenn.).