Mississippi State fired head coach Neil Macdonald after nine seasons with the program. Photo by: MSU athletics
October 30, 2012 4:04:39 PM
STARKVILLE - For the first time in nearly a decade, Mississippi State University is without a head soccer coach.
Neil Macdonald was relieved of his duties after nine seasons at the helm of the Bulldogs soccer program Monday following a meeting with Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin and other MSU athletics department personnel. Macdonald will be reassigned within MSU's athletic department for the remaining duration of his contract.
"We appreciate the nine years Neil has given Mississippi State as head of our soccer program," Stricklin said in a university release. "Neil was a tireless worker and gave soccer everything he had both as an assistant on our staff and then as head coach. We just felt a change in leadership was needed to guide our program to the ultimate goal we have for all of our student-athletes -- to win consistently in the Southeastern Conference and compete for championships."
Messages left to Macdonald requesting comment by The Dispatch were not immediately returned.
Macdonald leaves MSU with a overall record of 58-103-14 with his only appearance in the Southeastern Conference Tournament being his first season of 2004. Macdonald took over the MSU program as its third-ever head coach just weeks before the Bulldogs would report for preseason camp and open the 2004 season with a home match against Middle Tennessee State University.
Stricklin told The Dispatch that the two people along with him leading the search for a new coach will be MSU Executive Associate Athletics Director Duncan McKenzie and Senior Associate Athletics Director in charge of women's sports Ann Carr.
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