Knoxville Catholic High School names new girls soccer head coach

Mason McNally has been announced as the new head coach of the Knoxville Catholic High School girls soccer program, according to athletics director Jason Surlas.

The spot was vacated when previous coach Vahan Janoyan resigned this past winter.

“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,” Mr. Surlas said.

Mr. 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, and five players earned All-American honors in six years. As head coach, Mr. McNally led the team to two of its best rankings in the university’s history, finishing the season ranked No. 6 in 2017 and No. 4 in 2018.

“I am honored for this opportunity to lead such a storied program” Mr. McNally said. “The caliber of individual and athlete 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.”

A Joplin, Mo., native, Mr. McNally enjoyed a stellar playing career at Johnson, where he was a first team all-conference selection three consecutive years and an integral part of the first two regional-championship teams in school history that advanced to the national tournament.

He and his wife, Amy, and 10-month-old daughter, Finley, live in Knoxville with their two German Shepherds.

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