Women’s Soccer Head Coach Will Not Finish Season


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McLain was absent from the sideline in the most recent women’s soccer game against Butler. 

Colin Beazley, Co-Sports Editor

Villanova women’s soccer head coach Chris McLain did not coach in Sunday’s Senior Day game against Butler and will not coach the team throughout the remainder of the season.

In a statement to The Villanovan, Senior Associate AD/Communications Dean Kenefick wrote, “We can confirm that Chris did not coach Sunday’s game against Butler nor will he be coaching in the season finale against St. John’s on Thursday. Details regarding his status will be forthcoming.”

Associate head coach Daniel Clitnovici stepped in during McLain’s absence in the game against Butler, and delivered the halftime team talk.

Villanova has a 7-10 record this season, and the team has lost nine of its last 10 games. The program started the season with a 6-1 record but has fallen off since, only winning once in Big East play. McLain was last on the sidelines on Oct. 17, as his team lost, 1-0, in double overtime to UConn.

McLain is in his fifth year as head coach of the program, after two seasons as Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Ohio State. McLain has compiled a record of 35-48-3 at Villanova and led the program in 2019 to its first winning record since 2009. 

This is a developing story, and will be updated as more details become available.