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NKU men’s soccer adds Chaney, McCloskey to coaching staff

Courtesy of: Mike Anderson, NKU Sports Information

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University men’s soccer coach John Basalyga today announced his coaching staff for the 2012 season. Longtime University of Kentucky assistant Jeff Chaney and former NKU and Xavier assistant Kevin McCloskey will aid the Norse this fall.

The Norse look to Chaney and McCloskey to bolster the coaching staff in preparation for the team’s inaugural season as a member of NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Sun Conference.

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Kevin McCloskey (left) and Jeff Chaney (right) will join the NKU men's soccer coaching staff this season.

Chaney spent 18 years as a part of the UK soccer programs, including 16 years coaching the men’s team, helping the Wildcats to three conference tournament championships and four appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Chaney served as the Wildcats’ goalkeeping coach since 2001, helping several UK netminders succeed not only at the collegiate level, but in moving on to professional careers as well.

“Jeff is a big addition to the program with his vast experience over the last 16 years with the University of Kentucky,” said NKU head coach John Basalyga. “His recruiting experience not only within the region, but nationally and internationally, is going to be a big asset to the program.”

Chaney is a native of Georgetown, Ky., and graduated from Scott County High School in 1984 where he was an all-state performer as a co-founder of the school’s soccer program. Chaney went on to continue his soccer career at Georgetown (Ky.) College where he earned NAIA All-District honors in 1985 and captained the Tigers for three seasons.

Chaney served as an assistant coach for the Lexington (Ky.) Catholic High School boys’ soccer team for three seasons prior to accepting his position at UK. He has also worked with the Kentucky Olympic Development Program, where he was a state coach from 1992-97 and the girls’ state coach in 1995 and 1996.

McCloskey rejoins the Norse after spending the last two seasons directing the Kings Soccer Academy boys program and serving as the head coach of the Cincinnati Kings Super-20 boys team. McCloskey will continue in his current role as Boys’ coaching director for Kings Soccer Academy and Kings Hammer Academy. Prior to that, McCloskey spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Xavier University.

“Kevin brings a wealth of experience with him, both at the Division I and international levels,” said Basalyga. “That perspective, both as a player and a coach at high levels, will help our program in all aspects, from the training field to game day.”

McCloskey was an assistant with the Norse in 2006, helping NKU to its first NCAA Tournament in program history and a Division II Great Lakes Region championship. During his previous stint under Basalyga, McCloskey assisted with the team’s daily training, game day preparations, academic progress and recruiting efforts.

McCloskey was an All-America midfielder at the University of Rio Grande, bringing his squad to the NAIA national tournament twice in his four-year career. After his playing days, McCloskey remained at Rio Grande as an assistant coach, and in 2003 helped guide the team to an NAIA national championship.

A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, McCloskey played on the Northern Ireland U16 and U18 national teams from 1996-98.

The NKU soccer team will open the 2012 regular season on the road, facing Wisconsin-Green Bay on Aug. 24. The 2012 home opener is set for Thursday, Oct. 4, against A-Sun foe Florida Gulf Coast. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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