Welcome back to 5v5. This week our panelists debate the best new coaching hires in both men’s and women’s college soccer.
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Who is the best new hire in women’s college soccer?
Jon Spencer, Orange County Blue Star head coach: Angela Kelly at Texas. The biggest part of this new hire, other than it is at a school with unlimited resources, is that the contract is for five-and-a-half years. Clearly, that’s enough time to build a program into a title contender. This is a big pick up for Texas.
Nick Fredrickson, Freelance Soccer Writer: Texas did well in getting Angela Kelly. She did some great things at Tennessee that prepared her well for the Big 12.
Charlie Nobile, United States Football Club: Are we only talking Division I? How about Hawaii Hilo’s Unity Beddingfield? She’s young, energetic, and she has a great name.
Jahmal Corner, The 91st Minute: I’ll go with Sarah Barnes at George Washington. She’s been around winning her entire career and that could be infectious.
Mike Rimus, Freelance Soccer Writer: Angela Kelly, Texas.
Who was the best new hire in men’s college soccer?
Spencer: Jeremy Gunn at Stanford. Coming off a College Cup run is impressive in itself. Jeremy Gunn will have more resources and prestige to work with and he also has a more competitive academic standard to uphold – but all aspects of this hire look good for the Stanford program.
Fredrickson: Jeremy Gunn leaving for Stanford was kind of shocker, but Charlotte recovered well with a good internal hire in Kevin Langan who was the associate head coach.
Nobile: Kenny Arena, of Florida International, was one of the more highly regarded assistant coaches in the country and now has a chance to strut his stuff as the head man.
Corner: Michigan’s Chaka Daley is an up-and-comer who could build on what Steve Burns established while injecting his own identity into the program.
Rimus: Jeremy Gunn, Stanford.