CT Summer Select (TM) - Director's 2011
Scott McBride has set coaching records with every program he has been associated with including three record setting seasons with the University of Bridgeport’s Women’s Soccer Program. McBride’s responsibilities include on-field coaching, recruiting, directing camps club programs and scouting.
During his time with the University of Bridgeport Women’s Team has averaged sixteen wins a season. They have ended each of their seasons ranked nationally in scoring offense and three times they have finished with among the best winning percentages in the nation.
McBride completed a Higher National Diploma in sports coaching in his native Scotland before moving to the United States in 1998 and he also holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Advanced Diploma. McBride currently serves as the Coaching Director for NOGA Connecticut.
As a youth coach, McBride has led some of southern Connecticut’s most successful programs. He led Westhill High School to its first ever state tournament in 2002 and was named Coach of The Year by his fellow coaches. In the subsequent two seasons he led the Westhill High School team to the school’s first and second ever appearances in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tournament. In addition to his work with NOGA McBride currently coaches nationally ranked CUFC U16 and U19 girls’ teams.
In summer 2005, McBride led his NOGA Pride U14 girls team to the Gothia Cup Title. This tournament, referred to as the “Youth World Cup”, features youth teams from the world over.
In addition to his extensive work with Connecticut youth soccer, McBride has worked with some of the most prestigious clubs in international soccer, AC Milan, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Glasgow Celtic FC as a member of staff for the Champions World Tour.
Coming off his 13th season as head coach of the Women’s Soccer Program at the University of Bridgeport in the Fall of 2011, Magnus Nilerud continues to elevate the profile of the University of Bridgeport both regionally and nationally. In 2007 Nilerud led the program to its first-ever NCAA appearance, and in 2008 the team reached the NCAA Round of 16 and posted a school record 18 wins. In 2009, the Purple Knights captured the school's first-ever ECC title and reached the NCAA Championship for the third consecutive year, hosting first and second round matches at Knights Field. Last season, he guided the Purple Knights to their fourth straight NCAA appearance and the team advanced to the second round with a first round victory over Franklin Pierce. In 2010, UB posted an impressive 14-4-2 overall record. This past season, the Lady Purple Knights finished their season unbeaten, only to get knocked out in its fifth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance in penalty kicks. Their 2011 season finished 16-0-2 and UB was ranked No 1 in the nation for as long as six consecutive weeks.
After inheriting a team in transition in 1999, Nilerud has systematically built a program that is nationally recognized, regionally respected and among the elite in the East Coast Conference. He has taken the Women’s Program at the University of Bridgeport and built into one of the premiere programs in the Northeast. Not one to settle for comparisons to others who have gone before him, Nilerud has taken the program and constructed it using his own vision for a collegiate women’s soccer program. And this vision has been impressive. Nilerud broke the existing record for most career wins by a head coach in Bridgeport Women’s Soccer history within his first four seasons. Nilerud reached his 50th career victory in his sixth season as head coach and his 100th career victory a mere three seasons later. In his 11 seasons, he averages over 13 wins a season and an impressive 15 wins per season in his last eight.
Nilerud’s overall record of 164-82-15 ranks in the top five in the East Region in both winning percentage and career wins among active coaches. He is one of only five active coaches in the East region with at least 100 career victories. He has been recognized as the NYCAC Coach of the Year in 2002, The East Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2007, 2009 and 2011 and most recently the NSCAA East Regional Coach of the Year for 2011.
Magnus, in his 13 seasons as a head coach has finished with a team ranked nationally in Division II in goals per game five times, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 a team ranked nationally in Division II in fewest goals surrendered per game twice, 2004, 2008, 2011 and a team among those with the best overall wining percentage in Division II three times, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011.
In 12 seasons as a head coach, Nilerud has coached 59 All-Conference players including four Conference Rookies of the Year players, four Defensive Players of the year and four Offensive Players of the Year, 31 National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II All-Region players, 12 Daktronics Women’s Soccer All-Northeast Region Team players, five Daktronics Division II Women’s Soccer Northeast Region Player of the Year, nine ESPN The Magazine Academic District One Women’s Soccer Team players, five NSCAA NCAA Division II All-America players, seven NSCAA NCAA Division II Scholar All-America players and six Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America player. In addition, he has coached 11 consecutive NSCAA Women’s Academic Award Teams.
Nilerud has qualified for every conference post season tournament in his time at the helm of the University of Bridgeport. He has led the University of Bridgeport Women’s Soccer program to regional or national post season play for nine consecutive seasons. His record in regional post season play stands at an impressive 9-5-2 with two Division II ECAC Championships, one East Coast Conference Tournament Championship and four Regular Season Championships. His overall record in NCAA post season play stands at 3-3-2.
Magnus is a native of Sweden and graduated from the University of Bridgeport in 1999 with a degree in Marketing. He was a standout soccer player for the Purple Knights from 1995 to 1999. As a four-year starter and captain, Nilerud was a two-time All-New England Conference selection, and was selected to play in the Senior Bowl.
He is very active in the community and is the Director of Coaching of the Trumbull United Soccer Club, Connecticut. He is also a member of the Connecticut Olympic Development Program staff. He holds a SFF (Swedish Football Federation) B License, a USSF C License and a NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.