Bobby McColl was named the fifth head coach in program history in November 2018, after serving three seasons as head coach of the men’s program at NCAA Division II Daemen College.
“I am very pleased and excited to have Coach McColl assume the leadership of the men’s soccer program,” said Webb upon McColl’s appointment. “I have known Coach McColl for a few years now, and have been very impressed in how he coaches and develops his athletes. He is a tactically aware coach, has demonstrated his ability to recruit strong student-athletes, has a passion for investing in young men, has a background in sports ministry, and is an excellent addition to our coaching staff at Houghton. We are excited to have the McColl family join our team, and are looking forward to seeing the men’s soccer program excel in the Empire 8 and on the national stage.”
Prior to his stint at Daemen, McColl served as the head women’s coach at Roberts Wesleyan College, leading that program to a 35-20-5 overall record in three seasons during the program’s move to NCAA Division II. In his final season with the Redhawks, McColl led the team to the championship game of the East Coast Conference Tournament and an at-large berth in the NCAA Division II National Championships while achieving an overall record of 12-5-3. His team also qualified for the NCCAA National Tournament, and he was named NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year.
“It is a huge honor to become the fifth men’s soccer coach at Houghton College. I would like to thank President Mullen, Dr. Matt Webb and the rest of the search committee for this opportunity,” said McColl. “The draw of working at a Christian college again and the opportunity to work under Coach Webb were two big factors in my decision to take the position.
“The community on campus and within the athletic department are very strong and I am excited to be a part of both. I have always had a huge amount of respect for the soccer programs at Houghton. The men’s soccer program has a strong tradition of excellence both on and off the field and I look forward to building on that success.”
A native of Glasgow, Scotland, McColl earned his first head coaching opportunity with the men’s team at Greenville College (Ill.) in 2012, leading that NCAA Division III program to an overall mark of 10-6-3 and a second-place finish in the Saint Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a league record of 5-0-3. He was named the NCCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year following the campaign. In addition to his duties with the men’s team at Greenville, he also served as the top assistant with the Panthers’ women’s team that season.
Prior to his three head coaching stints, McColl cut his teeth as an assistant coach with both the men’s and women’s programs at Roberts Wesleyan from 2010-11. He’s also worked as an assistant coach with the Rochester Ravens of the United Soccer Leagues’ W-League, a North American women’s soccer developmental organization, as well as with the Western New York Olympic Development program.
McColl brings to Houghton a passion for player development and sports ministry. He has led short-term missions trips to El Salvador and Nicaragua as a coach and served as a student intern and player with the Chicago Eagles of Missionary Athletes International while a college student-athlete.
McColl holds a bachelor’s degree in sports and wellness management from Trinity International University (Ill.), which he attained in 2009. He later added a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Roberts Wesleyan.
McColl competed for three seasons at Union University (Tenn.) before finishing his collegiate career at Trinity International. He holds additional playing experience with the Scotland under-19 national team, as well as with Motherwell F.C. in the Scottish Premier League.