Coaching Staff

 

Jeff Kinney
Head Coach

Jeff Kinney was named the fifthth Head Coach in UAB men’s soccer program history in the winter of 2018 after serving 9 seasons as the assistant coach at Virginia Tech.

 

Known for his keen ability to develop players, while at Virginia Tech, Kinney worked tirelessly to rebuild the Hokies’ program after significant recruiting restrictions hampered the program prior to his arrival. During his Tech career, Kinney was directly responsible for all aspects of the program including; recruiting, match analysis, training sessions and scheduling.

 

Before his time at Tech, Kinney was deeply involved in the club soccer scene in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, coaching numerous players who went on to the professional ranks such as Bill Hamid (DC United), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Ethan White (DC United), Colin Martin (DC United) just to name a few.  During his time with DC United, the youth program saw success at a scale never seen before going 26-6-5.

 
In his tenure in Blacksburg, Kinney developed six All-ACC selections and has seen three players from the program drafted by MLS; Devante Dubose (2014), Juan Pablo Saavedra (2017) and first round selection Ben Lundgaard (2018).

A 2003 graduate of American University where he featured on the Eagles’ back-to-back NCAA tournament teams in 2001 and 2002, Kinney was honored as a two-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member and an Academic All-American.

Kinney is married to the former Kimberly Pardo and the couple has two twin boys, Finnley and Bennett

 

Joel Wallace
Assistant Coach

Joel Wallace is in the ninth season of his second stint as an assistant coach for the UAB men’s soccer team. He returned to Birmingham in 2009 after an 11-year stay at Westminster.
 
Wallace specializes in working with goalkeepers, a role that he has held in both stints under Getman at UAB.
 
Boasting more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, Wallace was the head men’s soccer coach at Westminster from 1998-2008.  He left Westminster as the winningest coach in school history compiling a record of 105-85-16. He guided the Blue Jays to their first conference title in soccer and its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002. Including his one year spent as head coach at MacMurray (Mo.) College, Wallace has a career record of 121-91-17 during his 12-year tenure.
 
Wallace has spent time as an assistant coach for the UAB women’s soccer team (2005-08), UAB men’s soccer team (1994-95), MacMurray (1992-94) and Connecticut (1996).
 
A graduate of MacMurray College, Wallace earned first-team all-conference and all-region honors as a goalkeeper. During his playing days (1988-91) he helped lead MacMurray to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 (1990) and Elite Eight (1991). He is a two-time winner of the Prairie College Conference Most Valuable Player (1989 and 1990). Wallace still holds several school record including most career shutouts (40), most shutouts in a season (19) and most consecutive shutout (7). His 18 shutouts in 1991 is an NCAA Division III Record.
 
Wallace has two children: Ryli and Kevin. Kevin is a sophomore on the UAB men’s soccer team.