Kevin Mounce is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Urbana women's soccer program in 2017, which marks his 23rd year overall in the sport with previous stints at Gardner-Webb University and Cumberland College.
In 2016, the Blue Knights finished 3-13-1 with two wins in their final four games to build momentum with a youthful roster. Freshman Jordin Littles scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give UU a 1-0 victory over Shepherd in the final game of the season. Littles earned All-MEC Honorable Mention status for her efforts on the pitch.
The 2015 season proved to be a successful campaign under Mounce. The Blue Knights posted the most wins since 2012, and saw a four-game improvement in the win column with a final ledger of 6-11-1. UU was competitive in every matchup and experienced some tough luck after losing six games by a 1-0 score.
Numerous players thrived under Mounce's coaching, including All-MEC selections Taylor Greene, Hannah Rembach, Courtney Thierauf, and Monica Tenorio. In addition, junior Savannah Thomas led UU with 11 points.
Off the pitch, the Blue Knights also found success as eight players were honored on the All-MEC Academic Team and Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll. The team most recently posted a combined 3.42 GPA in the 2016 spring semester.
In his first season, the Blue Knights showed glimpses of success with two shutouts against Ohio Valley (3-0) and Mountain East Conference foe West Virginia Wesleyan (1-0). Under the guidance of Mounce, two Blue Knights earned All-MEC Honorable Mention accolades in freshman midfielder Anne Kawabe and junior goalkeeper Taylor Gianangeli.
Coach Mounce joined Urbana in January of 2014 as the fifth head coach in the school's history. Mounce is the active leader in wins with a program-best 125 victories at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. His Runnin’ Bulldogs advanced to the conference tournament in 13 of his 15 seasons. Mounce’s squads earned back-to-back Big South Conference runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2010, and he was named the 2003 Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year. His 2001 team won an NCCAA national title, earning Mounce NCCAA National Coach of the Year honors.
Off the field, Mounce’s teams enjoyed even more success. Following the 2004, 2005, 2012 and 2013 seasons, Mounce’s Bulldogs earned the NSCAA Team Ethics Award. Mounce also coached the only NCAA D-I Academic All-American in GWU history (A-Sun Player of the Year Leanna Woodworth).
Before his 15 seasons at Gardner-Webb, Mounce was the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky. In his four-year stop at Cumberland, Mounce won a pair of conference championships, including an undefeated season in 1998, and he was twice named Mid South Conference Coach of the Year.
Mounce and his wife, Amanda, have two children, a daughter, Peyton and a son, Riley. Originally from Somerset, Kentucky, Mounce earned his degree in Business Administration from Sue Bennett College in 1994. He was a three-year starter and team captain for the men’s soccer team. Mounce’s first coaching job was as an assistant at his alma mater during the 1995 season. Sue Bennett College won the NSCAA National Championship that season.