Will Austin was officially named as the sixth RedHawk Women’s Soccer head coach after serving the program as the Interim Head Coach for the majority of the 2016 season and after spending the previous four seasons as the team’s chief assistant.
Under Coach Austin:
- Career head coaching record 35-4-5
- 21-1-2 record with 12 ranked opponents (schedule was ranked #1 in the country for opponents winning %) including a 4-1 away win at #5 Lindsey Wilson, 2-0 win over #10 Mobile, 4-2 tournament final win vs #4 Carey and a 2-0 neutral site win vs #1 Spring Arbor (only loss all year for the national champions) which sent us to #1 in the country for the first time since 2008.
- first regular season and tournament SSAC double championships in any sport at MMC (with MMC Carey Mobile all ranked top 10 nationally all year)
- held #1 national ranking for 7 out of 10 weeks, earning a #1 final regular season MRPI and #1 national tournament seed. Eliminated on PKs in QF by national finalists Benedictine. Post season national ranking #5
- Millene all time single season NAIA leading scorer 53 goals, Millene all time single season NAIA record in points with 119, Riko all time single season record in assists with 36
- 6 players Nationally Ranked in Top 25 for Assists: Riko Sagara (35), Katie Reid (17), Millene Cabral (13), Miku Sunaga (13), Caroline Ladaga (12), Hikaru Nakamura (11)
- Millene became MMC All Time Career Leading Goalscorer as a Junior: 57 career games, 90 goals and 34 assists
- #1 Nationally in Team Goals - 112
- #1 Nationally in Team Assists - 126
- SSAC Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Golden Boot, Tournament MVP - Millene Cabral
- SSAC Golden Gloves - Caitlin Dumond
- SSAC 1st team All-Conference: Millene Cabral, Caitlin Dumond, Caroline Ladaga, Lira Mathes, Katie Reid, Riko Sagara
- SSAC 2nd team All-Conference: Hikaru Nakamura, Miku Sunaga
- SSAC All-Freshman Team: Abbie Madden, Lira Mathes, Miku Sunaga, Ashlyn Wiggins
- SSAC All-Academic Team: Corina, Laila, Aubri, Reid, Kate, Alex
- SSAC All-Tournament Team: Millene Cabral, Caitlin Dumond, Hikaru Nakamura, Riko Sagara, Miku Sunaga
- NAIA National Players of the Week: Millene Cabral, Caitlin Dumond, Katie Reid
- SSAC Offensive Players of the Week: Millene Cabral (6x), Miku Sunaga, Katie Reid
- SSAC Defensive Players of the Week: Caitlin Dumond (3x), Caroline Ladaga (3x)
- NAIA 1st team All-Americans & USC 1st team double All-Americans: Caroline Ladaga, Millene Cabral (first 1st team All Americans for us since Simone Souza and Yalu Borbolla in 2010)
- NAIA 2nd team All-American & USC 2nd team double All-American: Riko Sagara
- NAIA Honorable Mention All-Americans: Caitlin Dumond, Lira Mathes, Katie Reid
- 9 total All-American awards this year, 8 last year, 17 in 2 seasons of head coaching
- USC All-Region (South) teams had 7 of the total 22 players from MMC. 1st team – Dumond, Ladaga, Mathes, Sagara, Cabral. 2nd team – Nakamura and Reid
- NAIA Academic All-American: Katie Reid
- Team GPA improved to 3.1 with 3 players having 4.0 cumulative GPAs (Lira, Abbie, Aubri) and 13 players above a 3.0
- USC College Team Academic Award for 2017-18 (team GPA above 3.0)
- 6 players in past 2 seasons selected to play in UWS and WPSL summer leagues. Riko (Grand Rapids FC) and Millene (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) have both earned National Team of the Week honors and Riko scored the game winning goal in the 2017 UWS National Championship game
- 5 alums signed professional contracts this year (Jennifer Munoz – Puerto Rico, Yalu Borbolla (Mexico), Linzi Taylor (Israel and Cyprus), Fabiola Sanchez (Israel), Hikaru Nakamura (Japan)
2 current players in National Team squads (Laila Espamer- Argentina and Suzuho Yamasaki- Japan u17)
*** USC is United Soccer Coaches organization
Prior to his tenure as a head coach, Austin served under head coach Tyson John as the team's chief assistant. Under John, Austin and the RedHawks boasted a 60-21-2 overall record.
Prior to his time at Martin Methodist, as a graduate assistant coach for women's soccer and Director of Operations at Central Michigan University in 2010 and 2011.
During his time at CMU he was involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, fundraising, compliance, equipment, practice planning, game management, monitoring academics, scouting and travel. Austin specifically coached defenders and goalkeepers, and also taught classes in the Physical Education department.
Prior to his time at CMU, Austin was an assistant coach for a year at Urbana University in 2009 as they transitioned from NAIA to NCAA Division II.
Austin played at Limestone College for two years before going on to be an Academic All-American center back at Southern Wesleyan University where he graduated magna cum laude in psychology in 2009. Austin graduated magna cum laude from Central Michigan in May of 2012 with a master's degree in sports administration.
Austin is licensed through the NSCAA, USSF and the Scottish Football Association (SFA). He also has club and high school coaching experience in Michigan and South Carolina, along with experience working for a US sports scholarship consultancy firm in Scotland and Germany.
Born in Stewarton, Scotland, Austin represented youth teams of professional clubs Queen of the South and Queen's Park in Scotland before moving to America at 17.
Austin currently resides in Pulaski with his wife Katie.