Debbie Yow continues to impressively transform the dormant, underachieving wreck of an Athletics Department left behind by her ineffective, lazy and incompetent predecessor.
Today’s example is the immediate impact Yow has had on the once proud, NC State Men’s Soccer program.
After disposing of George Tarantini, Yow has hired a young, successful coach from Butler. (No…it’s not Brad Stevens…yet) Link
Kelly Findley, a three-time All-American, a former professional soccer player, and the all-time winningest coach at Butler University, has been named the head men’s soccer coach at NC State, Director of Athletics Debbie Yow announced on Wednesday. Findley developed Butler soccer into an elite program nationally.
He comes to NC State following his fourth straight winning season at Butler. More specifically, his 2010 Butler squad entered the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 5 nationally and was one of only two unbeaten teams in the nation. He led Butler to the national stage with top 25 rankings, league championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. His overall record as head coach at Butler was an impressive 59-25-15, and the club’s 16 wins this season ranked among the best in team history.
Additionally, Findley is no stranger to this area; which should bode well for key connections and recruiting.
Prior to coaching at Butler, Findley served at UNC Charlotte for three seasons as an assistant coach and for two seasons as associate head coach. During his tenure at Charlotte, the 49ers compiled a 42-40-14 record, including an 11-7-1 mark in 2004…
Findley served as head coach at Mars Hill College for two seasons, 1999-2000. He also spent one season as an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) University, two seasons as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Eagles professional soccer team, and one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Judson College of Elgin, Ill. During his tenure with the Charlotte Eagles, the professional club won two South Atlantic Division championships, made two playoff appearances and posted a national runner-up finish.
Following his collegiate career, Findley played professional soccer with the Charlotte Eagles for six seasons. He helped the Eagles to three South Atlantic Division championships, five divisional playoff appearances and two trips to the national finals.
Findley, a former North Carolina ODP State Team coach, holds a USSF “A” license and a NSCAA Premier Diploma. He and his wife, Joanne, have five children, Gabriel, Elysia, Corinne, Stephen and Keane.