SAN ANTONIO – UTSA head soccer coach Derek Pittman announced that the Roadrunners have hired Rob McGann as their new assistant coach. McGann arrives in San Antonio to join the Roadrunners right before UTSA opens up spring practices.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce Rob McGann as the newest member of our coaching staff here at UTSA Soccer,” Pittman said. Rob is a highly respected, quality coach with tremendous recruiting connections locally, regionally and internationally. Rob is fantastic at building strong relationships, is familiar with our team and knows what we need to do to continue closing the gap in the AAC. It’s never easy losing a top-quality assistant coach, but we are extremely thankful for all Ben Williams did for our program and we wish him all the best in his first head coaching job at SFA. He helped move our program forward in our first year in the AAC and the addition of Rob to our staff will continue moving our team in a positive direction as we prepare for the 2024 season.”
Originally hailing from Sheffield, England, McGann comes to UTSA with over 10 years of coaching experience, most recently spending more than two years as the ECNL Director at the Albion Hurricanes Soccer Club in Houston, with a key role in not only team and staff selection, but also player development. During his time, he was integral in the placement of numerous athletes to Division I programs that continued through the professional ranks and youth national system. He was the head coach of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) AHFC Royals team during the summers. McGann helped guide the team to a Red River Championship, Texas Triangle Championship, and two-time Franchise of the Year awards.
“I am honored and excited to join the UTSA women's soccer program and to work with Derek Pittman,” McGann said. “I am eager to contribute to the team's success and help each player on their collegiate journey. It is a fantastic opportunity for me to work for such a great program and I cannot wait to get started.”
Initially taking his career to the military in the British Army, McGann used the opportunity to learn from organizing Battalion communications and schedule planning with British Army Generals during his tour of duty in Afghanistan. In addition, McGann also represented the British Army Football Team before moving on to Sheffield Hallam University to study Sport Development with Coaching – where he went on to graduate top of his class.
In his youth, he played for Leicester City Youth Academy and went on to play semi-professionally in the English Northern and Southern Premier Leagues. On the coaching side, McGann joined the coaching ranks while in college, working with Sheffield United Football Club as a Professional Talent Identification Scout, Performance Analyst, and U18 Professional Development Assistant, helping the club to two Youth Premier League Championships.
McGann’s first career move after graduation was to Texas, taking over as the Academy Director at Sting Austin Soccer Club. The following year, McGann also added the role of coaching the Sting’s ECNL team, spending three years working with the renowned club.
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