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Cincinnati United Soccer Club Says Farewell to John McGinlay

CUP Boys Director of Coaching Heading Back Home

Six years ago Cincinnati United Premier (CUP) was honored and excited to bring former Scottish International and Bolton Wanderer’s star John McGinlay into the club as a coach.  He would soon go on to become the Boys Director of Coaching. During that time, John has made CUP the most successful boys soccer program in the entire Cincinnati area. His passion, leadership, and acute attention to the complete individual, helped develop hundreds of players during his time with the club.

While everyone at the Cincinnati United Soccer Club may lament John’s leaving, his reason for choosing to do so is very easy to understand; it’s his family. Over the past couple of years, his children have one by one headed back to England and each time it has gotten tougher to see them go.  This past summer after graduating from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA), CUP Alum Craig McGinlay, John’s youngest son, returned to England to pursue his own professional playing career.  Craig is currently training with the Bolton Wanderers Youth Academy and has seen ample time with the Bolton Reserves of late. Now having his four sons in England and him here with his wife, Lee, and daughter, Amie, separated from them; it has become a very difficult choice that simply had to be made.  “My family and only my family is why I am heading back to England,” says John McGinlay. “I have loved my time in Cincinnati and I am so proud of the work we have done in building such a wonderful club.”

Scott Rodgers, Cincinnati United Executive Director, stated, “It has been an honor and a privilege to work with and to get to know John. He is a class act in everything he does and I will personally miss his friendship and input in our club.  As a father of two, I fully understand his need to be with his family.  I thank him for his time with us and I wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

Ever dedicated to the club’s success and to help ease the transition, McGinlay has agreed to stay on with the club for the next few weeks to help finish the Fall season and start the High School age season. Please watch our website for a more formal farewell to Coach McGinlay.  He will be truly missed.

Cincinnati United Soccer Club will immediately begin a National search for a new CUP Boys Director of Coaching.  Details will be posted shortly.