Mississippi State University

Mississippi State Women's Soccer
P.O. Box 5327 Mississippi State, MS 39762
Division 1 Mississippi Southeast
Public Large National competitor

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Tom Anagnost

Mississippi State University Director of Athletics John Cohen announced on Dec. 8, 2016 the hiring of Tom Anagnost as the soccer program’s new head coach. Anagnost (uh-Nag-Nist) came to MSU from North Carolina State, where he spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach, aiding the Wolfpack to a NCAA Sweet 16 berth.


Anagnost is one of the top Division I head coaches in the country and has shown success everywhere he has been. Prior to MSU, he led both Miami and Central Michigan to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, and twice to the second round, once with each program. He spent five years in the classroom as a teacher and educator and has shown a major commitment to academics, increasing his team’s GPA each year in charge.


In his inaugural year at the helm of the MSU Soccer program in 2017, the Bulldogs saw immediate and dramatic improvement both on and off the field. On the field, Anagnost led State to its best win percentage in 16 seasons (.611) and had the team on the cusp of reaching its first-ever NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs finished with its highest RPI in program history at No. 39, which was also the very first time MSU had finished in the top 50. Not only that, the Bulldogs had a chance to win every match and never lost by more than one goal. It capped off the best season by a first-year head coach in the program’s history. His first season also produced the program’s first All-American in standout goalkeeper Catalina Perez. Under his guidance, the Bulldogs also landed three players to the postseason All-SEC lists for the first time. Mallory Eubanks also became the program’s highest player ever selected in the NWSL Draft, going 16th overall to the Washington Spirit. On the offensive side, MSU found the back of the net 32 times—the most in 16 seasons. Its 1.78 goals per game was also the fourth-most in school history. On defense, Anagnost led the Maroon and White to its second-lowest goals allowed total in school history (19, 1.00/game).


In the classroom, his dedication to academics paid off as the Bulldog soccer team shattered its previous team-best GPA with a 3.69 mark in the fall 2017 term. In addition, Eubanks also became the team’s first-ever SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


Anagnost has also shown a great ability to turn around soccer programs in just a short period of time, as he has showcased this talent in each of his head coaching stops. In his first head-coaching gig at Central Michigan, Anagnost’s club earned a second place finish in the Mid-American Conference despite finishing 10th a season before he took over the reins. Anagnost followed up the runner-up showing with back-to-back MAC titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances to cap his time with the Chippewas. At his next stop, Anagnost took Atlantic Coast Conference basement dweller Miami to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths as he led the squad to the second round in his first season with the club in 2011.


Anagnost spent the prior two seasons as an assistant coach, first with the Michigan Wolverines in 2015 before joining NC State. In Raleigh, Anagnost aided the Wolfpack to a Sweet 16 appearance in his one season at NC State as the squad turned in a 11-9-2 record (4-5-1 ACC) in 2016.


With Michigan, the Wolverines posted a 12-7-2 record (6-3-2 Big Ten) and advanced to the second round of the conference tournament in 2015. Anagnost worked under head coach and former United State Women’s National Team coach Greg Ryan. During his time with the Wolverines, Anagnost helped improve the team’s NCAA Tournament resume and increased its RPI from the previous year. He played a major part in raising the quality and brand of soccer.


Prior to his assistant coaching jobs, Anagnost was the head coach of the University of Miami (Fla.) women’s soccer program for two seasons from 2011-12. He led the Hurricanes to a combined 19-15-5 record on the pitch and two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program’s first trip to the NCAA second round in 2011. The Hurricanes also qualified for the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in 2012, while earning two wins over top-10 teams for the first time in school history.


Before his time in Coral Gables, Fla., Anagnost was the head coach of the Central Michigan program from 2009-10 after earning the job as an interim head coach in 2008 following his successful stint as an assistant with the club in 2007. He guided teams to a combined 45-12-7 record in his three seasons with the Chippewas and earned a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. Anagnost was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons in 2008 and 2009. Inside the MAC, Anagnost’s clubs turned in a 31-4-6 record in league play.


Anagnost has perfected the art of turning around a program in a short period as he’s displayed that at his last two head coaching stops. With CMU, the Chippewas finished 10th overall in the MAC before Anagnost took over the helm as the squad finished 8-10-0 in 2007. Over his three-year span with the club, the Chippewas finished with one runner-up and two first place finishes in the MAC as the club won an impressive 45 matches under Anagnost. At Miami, Anagnost led the Hurricane’s to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths and the program’s first and only second round appearance. Since Anagnost’s departure from Miami, the Hurricanes have not advanced to the postseason.


Anagnost has also spent five years in the classroom as a teacher and educator and has shown a major commitment to academics, increasing his team’s GPA each year in charge. While with Miami, the Hurricanes improved in the classroom each season under Anagnost’s guidance as the club posted the highest GPA in the ACC in 2011 and the best team GPA for Miami since 2000. At the helm with the Chippewas, Anagnost’s teams earned two consecutive NSCAA Academic National Championships by posting the highest team GPA in the nation of all divisions and both genders.


Anagnost, a native of Saginaw, Mi., also boasts nine years at the high school level in his home state of Michigan, coaching the Bay City John Glenn program (1999-02), Saginaw Heritage (2000-02) and Flint Powers Catholic (2003-07). He was named Saginaw Valley League Coach of the Year at Saginaw Heritage in 2002 after leading his club to the SVL title, while also earning two more Coach of the Year honors with Flint Powers.


As a collegiate player, Anagnost was a three-time NCAA Division III All-American at Kalamazoo College (1992-95). He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in history in 1995 and later went on to earn a teaching certificate from Saginaw Valley State in 2003. In 2006, he was inducted into the Kalamazoo College Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions over his successful four-year career with the Hornets.


Upon graduating from Kalamazoo, Anagnost played professionally for the Chicago Power of the National Professional Soccer League in 1995 under famed United States and Greek National Team coach Alkis Panagoulias, before playing for the Michigan Bucks of the United States Indoor Soccer League in 1996.


Anagnost holds a Advanced National Coaching Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the United States Soccer Federation.

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Matt Kagan

Matt Kagan, a former assistant of Tom Anagnost at the University of Miami (Fla.), joined the Bulldogs as an associate head coach prior to the 2017 season after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant with Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.


“Matt is definitely one of the best recruiters in the country and one of the greatest people I’ve met in the game,” Anagnost said. “He is a passionate coach who cares deeply about the team and all the players on it. I trust him in every way and I can’t put into words how elated I am to be working with him again.”


Kagan was announced to the MSU soccer coaching staff on Dec. 20, 2016. Kagan has served as an assistant coach for LMU (2014-16), Providence College (2013), Miami (2011-12), Evansville (2008-10) and Assumption College (2004). Kagan also has experience as a head coach with Division III Worcester State (2005-07).


“The people I met on my visit, along with the top-notch facilities, make Mississippi State a truly remarkable place,” Kagan said. “The opportunity to work with Tom Anagnost and Jason Hamilton again was something I couldn’t pass up. I can’t wait to get started as we build something very special at MSU.”


Under Kagan’s guidance in 2017, the Bulldogs reached new heights offensively. Prior to his arrival, State scored just 34 goals combined in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. In 2017, the Bulldogs netted 32 goals—its highest total in 16 seasons. MSU’s 1.78 goals per game was also the best since 2001 and was fourth-best in program history. State also had more shots on goal than in recent years, being on target 119 times in 2017—the most since 2013.


Under his tutelage, Mallory Eubanks earned her second-straight All-SEC honor as a midfielder and became the highest Bulldog ever selected in the National Women’s Soccer League Draft—being taken 16th overall by the Washington Spirit.


While with LMU, Kagan aided the squad to a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2015, after the club turned in an impressive 15-6-1 record. All three seasons with the Lions were winning seasons as Kagan and LMU earned 35 wins during his tenure. Additionally, Kagan landed the No. 37 ranked recruiting class with the Lions in 2015.


Before his time with LMU, Kagan served as an assistant coach on the Providence College women’s soccer coaching staff during the 2013 season. He took over interim head coaching duties in January of 2014 until accepting the position with LMU. While with Providence, Kagan turned the 20th ranked recruiting class in the nation, his third Top 20 as a coach, to boost his recruiting resume. Kagan also oversaw the academics for a Friars’ club that earned a 2013 NSCAA Team Academic Award with a GPA of 3.25.


At Coral Gables, Kagan spent two seasons with the Hurricanes from 2011-12 where he helped the Anagnost coached club to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition, Kagan aided Miami to its first and only second round berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2011. His focused recruiting led to a pair of Top 20 ranked recruiting class as well while with the Hurricanes.


Prior to his time with Miami, Kagan spent three seasons serving as an assistant coach for the University of Evansville women’s soccer program. Already earning an reputation for his recruiting, Kagan landed Canadian National Team Captain Vanessa Legault-Cordisco to the Purple Aces in 2010. Legault-Cordisco was the first national team player to sign with Evansville. The Purple Aces made one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008 after the club won the Missouri Valley Conference. Kagan and the rest of the Evansville coaching staff were named the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year in 2008.


Kagan directed Worchester State to three-consecutive Division III NCAA Tournament appearances as a head coach. With the Lancers, Kagan compiled a 45-15-3 mark from 2005 through 2007. In his final season with Worchester State, Kagan led the Lancers to a NCAA Sweet 16 berth and a national ranking of No. 21 in the NSCAA poll to cap the 2007 campaign. During his tenure at Worchester State, Kagan also helped develop 19 all-conference players, including a 2007 D3Kicks.com All-American. Kagan was named the 2005 Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Coach of the Year.


As a player, Kagan played at Southern New Hampshire University where his team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Division II Championship game and he was named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team in 2002. He received a Bachelor of Science in sports management from SNHU in 2003, before earning a Master of Business Administration from his alma mater in 2007.


Kagan holds an Advanced National Coaching Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.


Hailing from Newington, Conn., Kagan was born on Oct. 30, 1981, and is married to wife Jessica Kagan who is a native of Las Vegas, Nev.

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