Chris McLain Named Associate Head Coach

Chris McLain
Chris McLain
May 20, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Coaching veteran Chris McLain has been named Ohio State women's soccer associate head coach and recruiting coordinator, head coach Lori Walker announced Wednesday. McLain comes to Ohio State after spending 11 seasons as associate head coach at Colgate.

"I am extremely excited and humbled to be named the associate head coach at Ohio State," McLain said. "I knew it would have to take something extremely special for me to leave a place like Colgate University. Opportunities come and opportunities go. This wasn't one I was going to let slip away. When Lori called me and offered the opportunity to represent the Ohio State, I knew it felt right. I knew I wanted to be a part of the Buckeye family."

In his time on head coach Kathy Brawn's staff at Colgate, the Raiders recorded more than 100 wins and earned five Patriot League regular season championships, three Patriot League tournament titles. In addition, McLain helped guide the Raiders to three berths in the NCAA tournament.



McLain helped recruit three Patriot League Offensive Players of the year, one Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, three conference tournament Most Valuable Players and six Patriot League Freshmen of the Year.

"My family and I are extremely excited to be a part of something as special as what Lori and Nick Flohre have created here," McLain added. "The history and tradition is something to be extremely proud of. I have to thank Gene Smith, Shaun Richard and Lori Walker for affording me this amazing opportunity. I can't wait to work along side these people and along with the amazing staff that surrounds these student-athletes on a daily basis."

In his first seasons at Colgate in 2004, McLain helped the Raiders to a 13-7-2 record, Patriot League regular season and tournament championships a win over No. 17 and Pac-10 champion Arizona in the first round of the NCAA tournament, marking the first tournament win in Patriot League and program history. The Raiders went on to win Patriot League regular season championships again in 2005, 2009 and 2011 along with Patriot League tournament championships in 2009 and 2012. In all, the Colgate compiled a 118-77-20 record with McLain on the staff.

"I am thrilled to add Chris to our staff as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator," Walker said. "After spending quality time with Chris and his wife, Claire, my decision was a no brainer! Chris is a classy, seasoned professional who has shown a deep level of loyalty and commitment to Colgate for 11 years. His high standards, integrity, personal character and values match our program perfectly. Chris has proven success recruiting the most talented on the field and in the classroom. He has been an integral part of the winning tradition at Colgate and I look forward to blending his on field talents with the rest of my staff.  Chris' enthusiasm to step up to this new challenge as a Buckeye is infectious."

In addition to his duties at Colgate, McLain has been a strong promoter of youth soccer and has been active in the Olympic Development Program. He has served stints on the Antigua National Team staff in 2012 and the U-18 U.S. National Team staff in 2008.

Before his time at Colgate, McLain served two seasons as head coach of the women's soccer team at his alma mater, Eastern Nazarene. McLain, who has a bachelor's degree in general sciences, holds an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaching Association of America (NSCAA) and a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" Coaching License.

McLain and his wife, Claire, are parents of three children: Maeghan, Gavin and Caitlin.