University of Indianapolis

University of Indianapolis Athletics
1400 East Hanna Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46227
Division 2 Indiana Midwest
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John Higgins

John Higgins completed his seventh season as the UIndy head man in 2016 and currently carries an overall record of 77-39-18 as the Greyhound head coach.

This past year, Higgins guided a young Greyhound team to a 10-5-5 record and a trip to the finals of the GLVC Tournament for the fourth time in his tenure as bench boss. Entering the tournament as the No. 7 seed, UIndy shut out nationally-ranked opponents in #16 Missouri S&T and #20 Southern Indiana to advance to the final against #6 Rockhurst, where they would fall in penalty kicks.

Defense was once again the Greyhounds' strength in 2016, with UIndy ranking second in the GLVC and 23rd in all of Division II with 0.84 goals per game conceded. Goalkeeper Miles Palmer finished at the top of the league with a 0.68 GAA and his .824 save percentage ended up being second best in the conference.

The Greyhounds turned in another strong performance under Higgins in 2015, finishing 12-5-3 overall making the program's second ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Defense was the Greyhounds' calling card in 2015, as UIndy finished the season with 12 clean sheets, setting a new single season program record for team shut outs.

The Hounds finished second in the GLVC after going 10-3-2 in league play. UIndy led all GLVC institutions when it came time for all-conference selections with nine player spread across the three all-conference squads.

Higgins and the Hounds made program history in 2014, finishing 12-5-3 and capturing the program’s first GLVC Tournament Championship. After knocking off Missouri - St. Louis and Drury to reach their third straight conference championship game, the Hounds broke through with a 3-1 win over #3 ranked Quincy University to bring home the GLVC Tournament Championship banner.

In 2013, Higgins became the second UIndy head men’s soccer coach to be named GLVC Coach of the Year. He guided his UIndy team to a program-first NCAA Tournament berth after posting a 15-3-3 record on the season, the most wins in program history. He also mentored the program’s first All-American, in NSCAA First Team and GLVC Player of the Year Ngwese Ebangwese. The 2013 team also broke program records in GLVC wins with 12, and longest win streak (10 matches).

Just the second GLVC men's head soccer coach to ever be named All-GLVC as a student-athlete and the league's Coach of the Year, Higgins led the program to a second GLVC Tournament Championship final in his career in 2013. The Greyhounds earned their first GLVC regular-season championship as well during the 2013 campaign, taking a co-championship with Quincy after a 12-1-2 GLVC slate.

The 2012 Greyhounds closed out the year just outside of the the conference tournament, posting a record of 7-8-3. Higgins mentored 2012 GLVC Freshman of the Year Reid Strain during the season, as well as All-GLVC Third Team selection Bobby Adkins and First Team Academic All-American Ryan Barnett.

In 2011, UIndy posted a record of 12-5-1, falling in a shootout in the in GLVC Tournament first round. The Greyhounds posted a program-best nine-game winning streak during the season, which included picking up wins over #4 Northern Kentucky and #24 Quincy.

The Greyhounds finished the 2010 season with 10-8 record. The 10-win season was just the seventh in UIndy’s 30-year soccer history. Higgins’s squad posted a Great Lakes Valley Conference record of 8-6, the best in UIndy history.

Higgins also coached the Greyhounds to a first-ever trip to the GLVC championship. UIndy became the first #8 seed to win a match in the tourna­ment, much less make it to the championship. A native of Dunfermline, UK, Higgins finished his playing career at UIndy in 2007 and was a two-year assistant coach with the Greyhounds. As a senior, Higgins tallied five goals and two assists for UIndy earning second team All-GLVC and second team NSCAA All-Region recognition.

Higgins earned a spot on the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 5 team and earned Academic All-GLVC honors all four years. In all, Higgins tallied 17 goals and 13 assists as a Greyhound.

Higgins also earned an All-GLVC honorable mention and was on the NSCAA All-Region second team as a junior. He was named a 2006 Scholar Athlete Honor Roll member for the North Central Region by the NSCAA.

Prior to coming across the Atlantic, Higgins attended Queen Anne High School in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, where he was a Dean’s List student He played for the Celtic Football Club for two seasons before playing for Dunfermline Athletics for two.

Higgins earned his bachelor’s degree in PE teaching from the University of Indianapolis in May of 2008. He obtained a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from UIndy in 2010.

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Shaun Mahoney

University of Indianapolis head men's soccer coach John Higgins has announced the addition of Shaun Mahoney as the first Associate Head Coach in the history of the men's soccer program, effective as of Jan. 13, 2017.

Mahoney joins the Greyhounds following an 11-year stint as the head coach at his alma mater, Franklin College. He is the most successful coach in the history of the program that dates back to 1983, guiding the Grizzlies to the semifinals of the HCAC on three separate occasions.

"I'm excited to be a part of the athletics tradition here at UIndy," Mahoney said. "I have spent the last eleven years with a staff that cares a lot about each other and student athletes and I have been really excited to find that same culture here at UIndy. The growth of the men's soccer program under the leadership of Coach Higgins and the work of his staff and athletes has established a standard many teams are trying to emulate."

"Shaun is a player's coach and the players at UIndy will love working with him," Higgins added. "He brings a lot of experience and has a great attention to detail that will be a massive asset in recruiting and retention. He knows how to manage a program and has the similar values to me in that he wants a holistic approach to the development of the student-athletic."

In addition to his team's success on the field, Mahoney's teams also excelled in the classroom, earning four National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) Team Academic Awards in 2010-11, 2013 and 2015.

At UIndy, Mahoney will be at the helm for the Greyhounds' new reserve squad, recruiting and developing student-athletes with the goal of helping them contribute to the main roster. The current Greyhound head coach noted that Mahoney's experience with recruiting program-first players will be a major asset to the squad.

"It was really important to me that we hired a coach that has the experience and reputation that Shaun brings with him." Higgins continued. "It speaks volumes about that we were able to hire a guy of his character and quality. For the reserve team to work, we need to develop players that can help our first team squad. I have no doubt that Shaun will train the group and develop the players in all aspects so that they can contribute on the first team."

"We as college coaches want to provide students the best collegiate athletic experience possible," Mahoney noted. "The addition of the reserve program will allow more young men to have this experience."

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