Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Traquair Named Wesleyan Soccer Coach

Macon, Ga. - Wesleyan College has hired Ciaran Traquair to be the next head coach of its soccer program.

Traquair joins the Pioneers athletic department after spending the last two seasons as the assistant men's soccer coach at Young Harris College.  Prior to that, he spent two seasons as a men's assistant at his alma mater, Shorter College, and one season as a women's assistant coach at Young Harris.

A native of Coatbridge, Scotland, Traquair played on scholarship at Shorter from 2003-2007, where he earned team MVP accolades three times as well as twice being named an SSAC All-Conference team member.  He still holds the single season assists record (17) as well as the career assists record (28) for the Hawks.  After graduating, he spent three seasons playing semi-pro soccer for the Mississippi Brilla FC and the Chattanooga FC.

Prior to coming to the States, Traquair played his high school soccer at St. Ambrose High School, where he led his team to the National Finals in back to back years.

"I would like to extend my appreciation to Patty Gibbs and the entire Wesleyan community for bringing me on board and giving me the opportunity to become the head coach of this program," remarked Traquair.  "This job was very appealing to me because I now have the opportunity to develop the program over time and get it headed in the right direction.  It is my goal above all to have a positive influence on the lives of my players both on and off the field, and in doing so, bringing success to the program and making it competitive and relevant once again."

The Wesleyan administration believes Traquair owns the skills necessary to accomplish those goals.

"Ciaran's experience as a player and coach will really bring our team to a new level of play," stated Wesleyan Athletic Director Patty Gibbs.  "His experience with recruitment will be an asset to the continued development of our team.  His enthusiasm for the sport will be contagious with our players and in the Wesleyan community.  Our GSAC competitors will see a different team on the field this fall."

Wesleyan opens the season on Saturday, September 1 against Johnson University at the Mathews Athletic Complex.