POSTED: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 2:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 5:36pm
New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston has hired Blair Quinn as the women’s soccer head coach. Quinn becomes the second head coach in Aggie school history.
“I’m very excited that coach Blair Quinn is joining the Aggie family as our next women’s soccer coach,” Boston said. “His coaching and playing experience is a great fit for New Mexico State. I believe he has the energy and enthusiasm to continue the success we’ve had the past two seasons.”
Quinn spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at Arizona State. He helped guide the Sun Devils to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010 for only the second time in school history.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity,” Quinn said. “New Mexico State is a great place. I think they have done a great job starting the program. I think it was built the right way, and it is set up to be successful. I’m looking forward to many, many successful years.”
After arriving in Tempe, Ariz., in June 2007, Quinn helped Arizona State post a 36-32-12 record. Quinn assisted with all aspects of the teams while focusing on the development of the goalkeepers.
In his first season at ASU, Quinn helped goalkeeper Briana Silvestri set a single-season school mark for goals against average (.085) in 2007, her first season as a full-time starter. The following season, Silvestri would break her own record with a 0.77 GAA, recording six shutouts along the way and recording NSCAA National Player of the Week honors following her back back-to-back shutouts at Baylor and at Texas.
Prior to working with the Sun Devils, Quinn was an assistant coach Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, Calif. In 2006, he was a volunteer assistant coach at Kansas. The Jayhawks finished with an 11-7-1 record. With Quinn’s guidance, sophomore goalkeeper Julie Hanley recorded a 0.98 goals against average with seven shutouts.
Quinn spent the 2005-06 season as an assistant coach/goalkeeper at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. He returned to his alma mater, Rockhurst in Kansas City, Mo., to work as a men’s graduate assistant during the 2004-05 season.
Quinn began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan. He worked with both the men’s and women’s programs for two seasons from 2000-02.
As a third-year starter at goalkeeper at Rockhurst from 1994-96, Quinn garnered first team NAIA All-America and second team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America honors in 1996. In his senior campaign, he anchored the Hawks to the NAIA Final Four. He holds the record for career (37) and season (15) shutouts at Rockhurst.
After his collegiate career, Quinn played professionally from 1997-2003. He started his professional career with the Tallahassee Scorpions of the Eastern Indoor Soccer League before playing with the Sacramento Knights of the Western Indoor Soccer League. Quinn was with the Kansas City Brass of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues and Arizona Thunder (WISL), before he ended his playing career with the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League.