Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth, Minn. native Morgan MacLean has been hired as the new women's soccer coach at UW-Superior, he confirmed to NNCNOW.com on Thursday afternoon.
MacLean comes to the Yellowjackets from area rival St. Scholastica, where he had been an assistant coach for both the men's and women's programs since 2005. He was involved with the travel plans and recruiting for both teams, and he also coached the goalkeepers and junior varsity teams on both sides.
"He has a tremendous track record and we feel that he is one of the top young, up-and-coming coaches in NCAA Division III," athletics director Steve Nelson said. "He is also very connected locally, which will be a great asset for him when it comes to recruiting."
His experience with St. Scholastica's conference, too, will translate into experience with UW-Superior's conference when the school become a member of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) starting in the fall of 2015.
"It's the next step, and it's a good challenge for me," MacLean said. "With them going into the UMAC, a conference I know pretty well, it makes sense. I see the potential there in the girls that are in the squad already and the potential within the school."
MacLean also has coaching experience at the high school level with the Duluth East girls and Duluth Marshall boys, and he's also been the technical director for the Gitchi Gummi youth program since 2008.
He takes over for Melissa Hanson, who left the school this summer after six seasons with the program. His first practice with his new team is scheduled for Saturday morning.