While the school year is winding down, several high school Mustang Athletic Programs will start the season with new varsity coaches. The school is excited to announce Evan McGee as the new varsity boys soccer coach, Keith O’Neal as the varsity cross country coach and Amber Spragg as the varsity girls soccer coach.
“One of the greatest factors of success in any athletic program is finding the right coaches to lead student athletes,” said athletic director Dr. Mike Roller.” Evan, Keith and Amber bring a tremendous mix of both life, playing and coaching experiences to our program, and I look forward to seeing the success of their players both in competition and in the classroom”
McGee takes over the varsity boys’ soccer program after serving as middle school girls’ head coach and working as the high school boys’ assistant coach for the past two seasons. Prior to joining Lipscomb Academy, McGee was a four-year player for the Lipscomb Bisons soccer team (08-12). During his high school career, he was part of two state championship teams for the River Valley Soccer Club in Parkersburg, WV. He and his fiancée, Brittanie Barbero, will be married this summer. The couple met as assistant coaches for the Lipscomb Academy soccer program. McGee is currently a teacher in the high school.
“I am looking forward to carrying on the great work the Coach Proffitt has done for the program,” said McGee. “I have been fortunate to build relationships with the current players and I am most excited to see them continue to grow and develop into men of character. God has blessed me through His gift of soccer and I am eager to see how He chooses to bless the players at Lipscomb Academy.”
O’Neal is a seasoned cross country athlete and coach, bringing more than 22 seasons of coaching experience to the cross country program. His experience includes coaching cross country and track for Grandview Heights High School (Ohio), Reynoldsburg High School (Ohio) and Reynoldsburg Junior High (Ohio). During his collegiate career, he ran Cross County for the Lipscomb Bisons (99-02). He and his wife Tara have been married for 15 years and have three children – Amelia (14), Grant (12) and Ethan (8). O’Neal is an Instructional Designer for Lipscomb University’s Center for Teaching and Learning
“Cross Country is a sport of many miles,” said O’Neal. “The countless miles are crucial in teaching perseverance and determination in leading young people to their running, life and spiritual goals.”
Spragg takes over the girls’ soccer program after serving as the team’s assistant coach last season. As an athlete, she was a four-year goalkeeper for St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati, earning a Division I scholarship to Brown University. During her three-year career at Brown, Spragg earned academic All-Ivy and All-Ivy Honorable Mention. She was also a participant in the 2013 NEWISA Senior Bowl. Spragg’s twin sister plays professionally for the Orlando Pride and her brother plays professionally for Louisville FC.
“Coach Proffitt has been an excellent ambassador of Lipscomb Soccer and taught me countless lessons during my time as assistant coach,” said Spragg. “I look forward to shaping these young women to be fierce competitors whose first priority is serving God.”