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Head Coach | Jon Ireland


 

 

 

 

Jon Ireland will be in his third season at Harding in 2018.

    Highlights:

  • Harding won a school-record 14 wins and its first Great American Conference Tournament championship in 2016 ... the Bisons set a school record with 11 shutouts during the season.
  • Harding won the 2017 GAC regular-season championship, winning five of six conference games ... received GAC Coach of the Year.
  • In his two seasons, Harding men’s soccer players have received: eight All-Region, 10 All-GAC, 14 Academic All-GAC and five CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.

Prior to Harding
Ireland returned to Harding from York College where he was the head men’s coach from 2012-15. He led York to consecutive postseason berths and directed the team to its first winning season in 13 years.

Ireland was also the head coach of Lipscomb University’s women’s program from 2007-11. He had the most wins of any Lipscomb women’s soccer coach when he took the job with York.

Ireland’s first head coaching job was at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. He was the women’s head coach in 2006 and led the team to its first winning season and its first postseason berth.

Following his career at Harding, Ireland was a volunteer assistant with the Harding men’s and women’s teams from 2002-05.

Ireland holds an NSCAA Level II goalkeeper diploma and a USSF National “B” coaching license. He has coached nine club teams to state championships and has coached in the Olympic Development Program for three years.

Playing Career
Ireland played soccer for Harding from 2000-02, scoring five goals and recording 12 assists in 32 career games. He earned All-Gulf South Conference and Academic All-GSC honors in 2002.

Education
Ireland graduated from Harding in May 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology.

Family
Ireland is married to the former Hailee Augsberger of Eureka, Illinois. The couple has three children: Finn, Pippa and Gemma.