University of AL - Birmingham

UAB Blazers Athletics
Bartow Arena - 1720 2nd Ave. S Birmingham, AL 35294
Division 1 Alabama Southeast
Public Large National competitor


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Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney was named the fifth men's soccer coach in program history on December 21, 2019 and enters his second season at the helm of the Blazers.

Kinney comes to Birmingham after spending the previous nine seasons as a member of the Virginia Tech men's soccer staff. Kinney was promoted to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2017 season.

Kinney was member of the Hokies teams that advanced to three consecutive NCAA Tournament, including the Sweet 16 in 2018 and the Elite Eight in 2016. During his tenure, he helped develop eight All-ACC performers and saw three players from the program drafted to the MLS.

In the classroom, Kinney's student-athletes were among the top in the ACC as they carried a GPA of 3.0 or higher as Virginia Tech earned United States Coaches Team Academic Award for the third consecutive season in 2018.

Prior to his time at Virginia Tech, Kinney spent seven seasons as the top assistant coach at American University. In his time at American he helped coach the Eagles to two outright Patriot League Championships as well a spot in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

A 2003 graduate of American University with a degree in physics, Kinney helped guide the Eagles to consecutive spots in the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2002 where he was honored as a two-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member and an Academic All-America.

"To be named the next head men's soccer coach at UAB is both a privilege and an honor," Kinney said. "It is an exciting time at UAB and I look forward to working with the staff and players to build on the great tradition of the men's soccer program. I want to thank Mr. Ingram, the search committee and everyone else that I met with during the process for believing in me and giving me such an opportunity. I have been blessed to be supported by my wife Kimberlee on this journey as well as friends and family that are too many to name. People get to where they are with the help of others and I have been fortunate to have worked with great people including all of my former players."

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Joel Wallace

Joel Wallace is in the 11th season of his second stint as an assistant coach for the UAB men’s soccer team. He returned to Birmingham in 2009 after an 11-year stay at Westminster.

Wallace specializes in working with goalkeepers, a role that he has held in both stints at UAB.

Boasting more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, Wallace was the head men’s soccer coach at Westminster from 1998-2008. He left Westminster as the winningest coach in school history compiling a record of 105-85-16. He guided the Blue Jays to their first conference title in soccer and its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002. Including his one year spent as head coach at MacMurray (Mo.) College, Wallace has a career record of 121-91-17 during his 12-year tenure.

Wallace has spent time as an assistant coach for the UAB women’s soccer team (2005-08), UAB men’s soccer team (1994-95), MacMurray (1992-94) and Connecticut (1996).

A graduate of MacMurray College, Wallace earned first-team all-conference and all-region honors as a goalkeeper. During his playing days (1988-91) he helped lead MacMurray to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 (1990) and Elite Eight (1991). He is a two-time winner of the Prairie College Conference Most Valuable Player (1989 and 1990). Wallace still holds several school record including most career shutouts (40), most shutouts in a season (19) and most consecutive shutout (7). His 18 shutouts in 1991 is an NCAA Division III Record.

Wallace has two children: Ryli and Kevin. Kevin was a member of the UAB soccer team from 2015-2019.

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Chris Hazard

Kris Hazard enters his second season with the men's soccer program.

Hazard came to Birmingham after having spent the previous 10 seasons at American University in Washington D.C.

In his tenure at American, Hazard helped the Eagles to some of the best seasons in program history, including spending the majority of the 2014 season in the top-20 in the nation with a win over then No. 1 UCLA. The success continued into the 2015 campaign as American defeated the defending national champions in Virginia and had a 14-5-3 record, breaking the school’s shutout streak en route to being named the 2015 Northeast Regions Assistant Coach of the Year.

Hazard played an instrumental role in the Eagles’ three Patriot League Regular Season Championships in 2008, 2011 and 2016 and in their three consecutive trips to the Patriot League Tournament Championship Game.

Prior to his time at American, Hazard coached at Tri-State for two seasons in 2006 and 2007. Additionally, he spent four seasons at Wittenberg University, beginning as an assistant coach in 2002 before transitioning into the Associate Head Coach role for the 2005 season.

Hazard earned his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg in Speech/English where he was an All NCAC All-Conference Selection for the Tigers in 1991 while also serving as the team captain.

Hazard is also a published author, writing a book entitled Hazard of the Game: The Dangers of Over-Parenting in Sport and Life.

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Mark Ward

Mark Ward enters his second year as the volunteer assistant coach at UAB.

Ward comes to Birmingham after spending two seasons as an assistant at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala.

Prior to his stint at Huntingdon, he served as an assistant at Greenville University in Greenville, Ill. from 2015-17. While at Greenville Ward helped guide his student athletes to a team GPA of 3.4.

He spent the 2014-15 season as a volunteer assistant at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill.

Ward is a graduate of Greenville University where he received his bachelor’s degree in recreation sports management in 2014.

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