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McKinnon steps down as soccer Hurricanes head coach

After nine seasons with the Holland Hurricanes women’s soccer team, Kris McKinnon is ready to step away from the program to focus on new challenges.

The Stratford, PEI native spent the last seven seasons as the team’s head coach after previously serving as an assistant coach for two years.

In 2013 he led the team to their third Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) conference title, before doing it again in 2016 and 2019.  The team also finished with conference silver medals in 2014 and 2015.

“It has been a pleasure to be part of Hurricanes Athletics for the past nine seasons,” shared McKinnon.  “Many memories have been gained and will never be forgotten.  It was not an easy decision to make but one I felt was necessary at this time as the program continues to grow. I would like to thank Albert Roche and his team for all their support over the years.”

McKinnon finishes with a career head coaching record of 62-27-14 in ACAA regular season and playoff action, as well as three Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national championships.  In 2015 he was named the ACAA Coach of the Year.

Director of Athletics and Recreation at Holland College, Albert Roche, wishes McKinnon all the best moving forward.

“Throughout his nine years with us at Holland College, Kris has made a significant impact to our program and has contributed immensely as a valued coach, mentor and friend to many. While we realize he has made the tough decision to step down, we know he will always be a supporter of our soccer program and we sincerely thank him for his service.”

The Hurricanes will now turn their attention towards naming the fourth head coach in team history. Meredith Cameron and Amy Connolly served as head coaches prior to McKinnon.

Applicants are asked to submit their resume, cover letter and three references, quoting Competition #20-02 to aroche@hollandcollege.com prior to January 21 at 4pm.

The Hurricanes women’s soccer team has claimed five ACAA conference banners and five silver medals since its inaugural season in 2006, and has missed the playoffs just twice over the 14-year span.  In 2012 the team hosted the CCAA National Championships in Cornwall, PEI.

The team will return to the field in September as the defending ACAA champions.

Connect with the women’s soccer Hurricanes by visiting www.twitter.com/caneswsoccer and www.instagram.com/caneswsoccer.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes, please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020