WESSON, Miss. – The Copiah-Lincoln Community College athletic department is proud to announce Tom Cosgrave as the new head coach of the men and women's soccer programs, which are returning in the fall of 2020. Cosgrave, a Manchester, England native, has already begun hitting the recruiting trail for the Wolves and Lady Wolves and is eager to build a quality team from the ground up.
"I'm excited to bring back a professional and competitive soccer program that can compete with any team in the state and that has a mixture of local, state, and out of state talent moving forward," said Cosgrave.
Cosgrave is no stranger to the game as he played at both the academy and club levels in England before accepting a scholarship to Belhaven University to play center back. During his senior season at Belhaven, Cosgrave helped lead the Blazers to their second NAIA National Championship as a team captain and by scoring an insurance goal in the 2012 national championship match against the University of Mobile. His efforts landed him SSAC All-Conference and NAIA Honorable Mention All-American nods.
Upon graduating with a degree in sports science in 2012, Cosgrave began coaching. He has helped lead the Mississippi Rush travel select club for six years. The team, based in Brandon, plays throughout the southeast and has made trips to Spain and England. He also has coaching experience with Park Place Christian Academy where he has served as the head coach of both the men and women's programs.
"We are very excited to get such a talented coach as Tom to lead our teams," said Co-Lin Athletic Director Bryan Nobile. "His experience playing, coaching, and knowing the area are all going to be very valuable assets to the college, and we cannot wait to see where he takes our programs."
Co-Lin will field both men's and women's teams in the 2020 season which will kickoff in August. Matches will be held in H.L. Stone Stadium on the new state-of-the-art turf that was added this summer.
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By: Lucas Calvert
Co-Lin Sports Information