Michael McBride comes to Blinn College after coaching at the collegiate level for 19 years. He spent the last three seasons as the head women's soccer coach at Nicholls State University.
Under McBride's direction, the Colonels earned the Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award in 2016, 2017, and 2018; earned the highest grade-point average in the 21-year history of the program; and clocked the highest annual community engagement hours in program history.
Prior to Nicholls State, McBride spent 16 seasons (2001-2016) as the head men's soccer coach for Notre Dame College. For eight years (2009-2016), he also served as the College's Assistant Athletic Director for Community Engagement.
McBride started the men's soccer program at Notre Dame College in 2001 and helped it transition from the NAIA level to the NCAA Division II ranks. Under his direction, the Falcons posted a 213-76-16 overall record (.737), the highest winning percentage in program history.
McBride's team won the American Mideast North Division championship in its second season (2002), then won four more division championships (2004-07), three conference titles (2008, 2009, and 2010), and made four NAIA National Championship appearances (2005, 2008, 2009, and 2010). In 2010, McBride guided Notre Dame to a 23-1-0 record and the program's first National Championship Final.
He has coached 25 All-Americans, 14 Academic All-Americans, two AMC (American Midwest Conference) North Players of the Year, an AMC Freshman of the Year, an AMC Player of the Year, two MEC (Mountain East Conference) Players of the Year, an NAIA National Player of the Year (2010), and an ICAA National Player of the Year (2011).
At the NCAA Division II level, McBride coached seven All-Americans, including one first-team All-American, nine first-team all-region performers, four second-team all-region performers, 11 first-team all-conference performers, 10 second-team all-conference performers, five honorable mention all-conference performers, three All-MEC (Mountain East Conference) freshman team performers, five academic all-region honorees, 1 MEC Offensive Player of the Year, 1 MEC Defensive Player of the Year and one Academic All-American honorable mention honoree. McBride was also named the MEC Coach of the Year in 2013.
In the Falcons first year as an NCAA Division II institution, Notre Dame defeated Drury (MO), on Nov. 9, 2012, in the first round of the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament, making the squad the first program in Falcon history to both participate in, and win a postseason contest at the NCAA Division II level. In 2013, Notre Dame's first season competing in the MEC, McBride coached the Falcons to their first MEC regular season championship. Over Notre Dame's first four seasons (2012-15) competing as an NCAA Division II Institution, the Falcons made it to the national tournament every season.
Before entering the college coaching ranks, McBride was a Professional Footballers Association Community Coach from 1992-94.
In addition, he was an assistant coach at Walsh University from 1997-2000. Prior to his coaching career with Walsh, he was a scholarship athlete for the Cavaliers from 1995-1998. During his playing career, he earned All-AMC and All-Region honors and was an NAIA All-American nominee. Off the field, McBride was an NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete.
McBride holds his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Senior "A" License, the United Soccer Coaches of America (USC) Premier Diploma (distinguished pass), Level 1, 2 & 3 Goalkeeping Diplomas and Director of Coaching Diploma. In addition, McBride also earned both a Preliminary and Preparatory Badge from the English Football Association.
He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and a Master's in Education from Walsh. He earned a second master's degree in education from Notre Dame College in Spring 2013.
McBride's wife, Becky, is Blinn's Dean of Student Engagement. They have two daughters, Roisin and Alannah.