Maggie Kuhn hired as Point Park women's soccer head coach
May 1, 2012
Maggie Kuhn (right) with Point Park Director of Athletics Dan Swalga.
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University hired Maggie Kuhn as its women’s soccer head coach, announced Director of Athletics Dan Swalga on Tuesday. Kuhn comes to Point Park after serving as an assistant coach at NCAA Division III Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va., for the last seven years
Kuhn is a native of Finleyville, Pa., and is a 2004 graduate of Bethany College. She is also a 2000 graduate of Ringgold High School.
Kuhn is the third head coach of the Pioneers’ women’s soccer program since it gained varsity status in 2005. She replaces Mark Platts, who took another job within NAIA women’s soccer after coaching Point Park the last two years.
“Maggie Kuhn comes highly recommended, and she is a rising star in the soccer-coaching world,” said Swalga. “She has worked hard to make herself ready for the next step in her career, which is to become a head coach on the college level. She has great potential, and I think that will bear fruit here at Point Park. We have high hopes for the Pioneers’ women’s soccer program and feel that Maggie can get the job done.”
“I am truly honored and excited about this tremendous opportunity to be a part of the women’s soccer program and university community at Point Park, said Kuhn. “I want to thank Mr. Swalga, (assistant) Coach (Amanda) Munsch, the women on the soccer team, the hiring committee, and everyone I have had the opportunity to learn from and who has believed in me for providing me with this chance.
“I am really looking forward to getting started and working with Coach Munsch, who has to be credited for the amazing job she has done in between coaches, and the team. Their positive attitude and enthusiasm is exciting.”
Kuhn comes highly recommended after being a big part of the Bethany coaching staff during her time there. She worked her way up from volunteer assistant to graduate assistant coach. She worked under three head coaches from 2005-2011 with main responsibilities being coaching the goalkeepers and recruiting.
Other duties at Bethany included assisting in all aspects of the program, serving as an academic liaison for the women’s soccer players, coordinating travel arrangements and administrative duties.
During Kuhn’s time at Bethany, the Bison went from being a team that won only a few games a year to one that was around .500. Bethany was 32-24-9 the last four years, which included 8-8-1 in 2011. The Bison were 8-8-2 in 2010 and 9-8-2 in 2009.
With her primary responsibility being the goalkeepers, Kuhn helped the Bison post a school-record six shutouts in three consecutive seasons from 2008 to 2010. Although the number of shutouts dipped to three in 2011, the Bethany keepers gave up two goals or less in 14 of 19 games.
Kuhn worked under Bethany head coaches Peter Parikakis for one year (2011), Barry Christmas for four years (2007-10) and Melissa Hudson for two years (2005-06).
Kuhn was a four-year starter at goalkeeper for Bethany from 2000-03. She was named All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference First Team and Team MVP as a senior in 2003.
Kuhn’s coaching resume also includes serving as the head coach of the U13 Victory Express Soccer Club in Washington, Pa., in the PaWest Classic Division from 2009 to 2012. In 2012, she became an assistant coach for the West Virginia Olympic Development Program. From 2006-10, she was a coach for the FC Wheeling United Soccer Club in Wheeling, W.Va.
Kuhn holds a National Soccer Coaches of America Advanced Regional Certificate and a National Soccer Coaches of America Goalkeeping State Certificate.
After being hired, Kuhn offered some quotes about her goals and vision of Point Park women’s soccer:
“An obvious goal and vision for the program is to be more competitive and win on a consistent basis, which will help build a strong reputation within the KIAC.
“I am driven to make PPU’s women’s soccer team successful, both on the field and in the classroom, and looked upon as a great women’s soccer program, not only in the new conference, but also in the greater Pittsburgh community. This won’t happen overnight, and is going to demand a lot of hard work and commitment from the players. But I am confident with the attitude, hard work and determination that have been demonstrated already that we will make great strides in the fall.
“Taking positive steps forward will help lay the foundation for greater respect for our program, which is also a goal of mine and the team’s. I am truly excited about what the future holds for Point Park women’s soccer, and I am proud to be a part of this program.”
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