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Chris McHugh, Head Coach
Chris McHugh enters his fifth year as head coach of Moody Bible Institute's Men's Soccer team in 2016. In addition to coaching, McHugh serves as an instructor in the Lifetime Fitness and Sports Ministry Department at Moody.
McHugh has a love for Jesus Christ, a passion for his players and soccer, and an enthusiasm for ministry through sports. “Being on a team is special,” says McHugh. “The core values in our program are: Love, Honor and Family. Our coaching staff and players are committed to building a team that demonstrates love through servanthood, honors God and others with a spirit of humility, and creates a family environment marked by brotherhood.”
In 2012, McHugh became the eleventh coach in Moody soccer history, following the retirement of Joe Harding (1980-1989, 1992-2011). In McHugh’s four years at Moody, the men’s soccer program has won NCCAA Division II National Championship in 2012 and 2013, while adding a 3rd place finish in 2014 and a 2nd place finish in 2015.
In addition, during this time, Moody has produced two NSCAA/NCCAA Division II National Players of the Year award recipients and eleven 1st Team All-Americans. And in 2012, McHugh was recognized as the NSCAA/NCCAA Division II National Coach of the Year.
Prior to Moody, McHugh coached soccer at the collegiate, high school, youth and camp levels in New Jersey and New York. McHugh served as the boy's varsity head coach at Cedar Grove High School in New Jersey from 2006-10. While there, he also partnered closely with parents and volunteers to re-launch the Cedar Grove Soccer Club, serving as its president for two years.
McHugh was as an assistant coach with the men's soccer program at NCAA Division III school, Montclair State University from 2004-05, contributing to two successful seasons in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
Additional coaching positions for McHugh included assistant coaching roles with Marcellus High School in New York (2011 Boys Sectional Finalists) and with Ridge High School in New Jersey (2002 Girls Sectional Champions and 2003 Girls State Champions).
McHugh earned a master's degree in Teaching for Physical Education from Montclair State University, and a bachelor's degree in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. McHugh holds a USSF "D" Coaching License, a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and the NSCAA Goalkeeping I and II Diplomas.
In addition to coaching, McHugh has served as a physical education and health teacher, an interim youth pastor, and as a coach/counselor for Christian sports camps.