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Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Athletics - Siegel Center
1200 W. Broad St / PO Box 843013 Richmond, VA 232843013
Division 1 Virginia Northeast
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Lindsey Martin

Lindsey Martin enters her eighth season at the helm of the VCU Women’s soccer program in 2020 after taking the position on May 30, 2013. The Virginia native is the sixth head coach in the 19-year history of the program and has proven to be one of the top young coaches in the nation.


Martin’s teams have earned an overall record of 72-44-20 including a 36-21-10 mark in conference play. The Rams showed improvement right away under Martin, going .500 in her first season and then quickly jumping to a .625 winning percentage in her second season.


VCU has tallied at least eight wins in every season with Martin leading the way including in 2019 when the Rams posted a 9-6-3 overall record. In 2018, VCU Women's Soccer had its best season in program history. The Rams set a new school record for wins with a 16-4 overall record and a 9-1 record against Atlantic 10 competition en route to a No. 2 seed in the A-10 Tournament and a run to the 2018 conference championship game.


In the three seasons before that, Martin made positive strides with the program, leading the Rams to at least six conference victories twice and posting an impressive 11-win season in 2017. Under Martin, 15 players have earned All-Atlantic 10 honors. These honors include four First Team, nine Second Team and three All-Rookie team honorees. In addition, the program has had six All-Academic team member selection sunder Martin’s direction.


Four players have also appeared on the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State teams while three more have made United Soccer Coaches All-East Region teams.


The frequency at which the Rams have placed freshmen on the A-10 All-Rookie teams speak to the excellent recruiting Martin and her staff have done over the last six years. Lana Golob, Lyndsey Gutzmer, Julia Suarez and Megan Dell each made the list under Martin.


The program has also shown an emphasis on excellence in the classroom, with five All-Academic Team members over the last six years. Four players have also been voted onto VaSID All-Academic teams.


"Lindsey was the clear choice as the best fit here at VCU," Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin said. "She is a proven winner, both as a player and a coach. We are extremely excited about the future of our women's soccer program with Lindsey leading us to our goal of winning championships.”


Prior to her arrival at VCU, Martin spent two seasons as the head coach at Georgia Southern, where she guided the Eagles to their first Southern Conference Tournament title and an NCAA appearance.


During her two years in Statesboro, Ga., she accumulated a 17-19-7 record while rebuilding the Eagles from the bottom of the conference prior to her arrival to the program. The Eagles achieved more wins in Martin's first year than they had the previous two years combined. Prior to her time at GSU, she spent four seasons as an assistant at Hofstra, during which the program made two NCAA Tournament appearances and won a CAA Tournament championship and a regular season crown.


In addition to her success on the sidelines, Martin achieved success on the pitch as a player. She was a four-year standout at William & Mary, where she earned All-CAA First Team honors all four years, highlighted by being named the CAA Player of the Year in 2002, CAA Tournament MVP in 2001 and the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2000. She was the first player in conference history to achieve such a feat.


She was also named to the CAA's 25th Anniversary Women's Soccer team. All of her accolades came full circle in April of 2016, as she was inducted into the William & Mary Hall of Fame.


The Virginia native grew up in Chesapeake, VA, where she was a standout at Hickory High School. In June of 2015, she married Adam Martin and they have one daughter.

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Aaron McGuiness

Aaron McGuiness enters his second season with the Black & Gold for the 2020-21 season. During McGuiness' tenure, the Rams have posted a 25-10-3 overall record and have made great program strides. In his first year with the program, McGuiness helped lead the Rams to a program record 16-wins and a berth to their second-consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship Game.


During his time with VCU, five Rams have been named to A-10 All-Conference teams. In addition, three athletes have been named to United Soccer Coaches All-Region teams and two have earned VaSID All-State honors.


Prior to VCU, McGuiness spent a year at Tiffin University, where he served in the same role. He helped the Dragons to an 8-10-1 overall record. They would grab a big 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 of the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal over Davenport before falling to Grand Valley State in the semifinals.


“I would like to thank Lindsey and the selection committee for giving me this opportunity. It’s a great honor to work with Lindsey and the other staff members,” said McGuiness. “They have done a great job in building a very competitive program and I aim to assistant Lindsey in continuing this growth.”


McGuiness spent four seasons as the head coach of the Thiel College women's soccer team and seven seasons as a member of the Tomcats' soccer coaching staff. In his first and second seasons as head coach, the Thiel women’s soccer team won seven games, matching their highest win total since the 2003 season.


Prior to that, McGuiness was the assistant and then the associate head coach for the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Thiel College. He also served as the assistant coach for AFC Cleveland from 2012 to 2014 and the head coach for the second half of the 2014 season.


"I am really excited to add Aaron as a new assistant within our program, as we prepare for our approaching 2018 season," said Martin. "He demonstrated early on in the hiring process that he was the right fit for the position and I am confident that our team will benefit from having him join us."


McGuiness brings an extensive playing career to VCU, having played both collegiately and at the professional level.


A native of Tweed Heads, Australia, McGuiness was a member of the Palm Beach Soccer Club in the Brisbane Premier League from 2001-2005. He started as a youth team player, was promoted to the reserve team in 2002, where he played for one season, and played the final three years on the first team. He was a starter on the team that won the Brisbane Premier League regular season and placed as the runner-up in the Queensland Cup.


McGuiness began his collegiate career at Shenandoah University in 2005. He was a four-year starter for the Hornets and a two-year captain. He was twice named All-USA South Conference honorable mention and was selected to the Sportsmanship Team following his senior season.


McGuiness is a 2009 graduate of Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology focusing in sports management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in university studies focusing in sports media. In 2013, McGuiness earned his Master's of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a focus in performance enhancement and injury prevention from California University of Pennsylvania.

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Martin Baker

Marty Baker will enter his second season with VCU's Womens Soccer program in the 2020 season. Baker serves as the goalkeeper coach for VCU's talented goalkeeper corps. Baker assisted the Rams to a 9-6-3 record in 2019 and helped guide two Rams to All Atlantic 10 honors.


The Knoxville native joined the VCU Women's Soccer staff after a successful stint as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2018.


In 2018, Baker helped guide the Vols to the program’s first-ever NCAA Quarterfinal appearance, as UT finished the season 16-3-3 overall. Tennessee’s strong defensive play limited opponents to a program-best 15 goals allowed, while the Vols’ 12 shutouts matched a Tennessee record that has stood since 2003.


Baker joined UT's staff in the spring of 2017 as a graduate manager before being elevated to volunteer assistant in the fall. He helped coach the Vols to a 15-4-2 record as UT made its first NCAA Tournament since 2012.


As a player, Baker spent the past few summers with the Knoxville Force of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). The goalkeeper helped guide the club to the playoffs for first time in 2016 before winning the Southeast Division and setting a team record for wins in 2017.


A dual-graduate of the University of Tennessee, Baker earned his bachelor's degree in Sport Management in 2010, before receiving his master's degree in the same discipline in 2017. He is also a graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School where he was named an All-District goalkeeper.

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