Kia McNeill | Head Coach
Kia McNeill completed her first season as the head women’s soccer coach at Brown University in 2016-17, leading the Bears to their highest finish in the league standings since 1994 in her inaugural season.
McNeill led Brown to a second-place finish in the Ivy League standings in 2016, marking its highest finish in the league table since winning the conference title in 1994. The Bears earned points in 14 of their 16 matches on the season and finished in the top half of the league standings in back-to-back years for the first time since 1993-94. Brown closed the year with its highest winning percentages both overall (.719) and in conference play (.714) since the year 2000.
She guided Christine Etzel ’19, the unanimous 2016 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, to a season in which the goalkeeper ranked second in the NCAA in save percentage (0.921), fourth in goals-against average (0.361) and 13th in shutouts (10) at the end of the regular season. McNeill also coached Carly Gould ’17 and Maclaine Lehan ’18 to First Team All-Ivy honors.
A former assistant coach at Northeastern University and Boston College, where she was also a standout student-athlete, McNeill was named Brown’s head women’s soccer coach on December 30, 2015.
An assistant coach at Northeastern in the 2014 and 2015 seasons and at Boston College in 2009 and the 2011-13 seasons, McNeill helped those two programs make five NCAA tournament appearances in six seasons, including an Elite Eight and three Sweet 16 appearances at BC.
McNeill became the third head coach in the 41-year history of the Brown women’s soccer program and took over from Phil Pincince, who retired from coaching at the end of the 2015 season after leading the Bears for 39 years.
At Northeastern, McNeill helped lead the Huskies to their most successful season in program history in 2014 as the team won the Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament titles before advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship. In the classroom, the team posted the highest cumulative GPA in NU’s athletic department.
While an assistant at Boston College, the team achieved a national ranking of No. 7, and McNeill coached five NSCAA All-Americans, including three-time Hermann Trophy semifinalist Kristie Mewis. Off the field, she organized the most successful charitable fundraiser in team history in support of ALS research.
McNeill played professional women’s soccer for six seasons (2008-14) both internationally and in the United States. She played a season in both Sweden and Russia and four seasons in the Women’s Professional Soccer League and the National Women’s Soccer League in the US. She was the No. 9 pick in the inaugural WPS draft in 2009 and finished her career with the Boston Breakers of the NWSL in 2013-14.
She has also coached with US Women’s Soccer Region I and was the Director of Girls Programs at Valeo Futbol Club in Newton, Mass.
As a collegiate student-athlete, McNeill played at BC from 2004-07, earning Big East Rookie of the Year accolades in 2004 and Third Team All-America honors as a senior. She made four straight appearances in the NCAA tournament, advancing as far as the Sweet 16, and garnered the ACC’s prestigious post-graduate scholarship, the James-Weaver-Corrigan Award.
A native of Avon, Conn., McNeill was the National Gatorade Player of the Year in 2004 and a two-time NSCAA High School All-American at Avon High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human development from Boston College in 2008 and an MBA in general management from BC in 2015.