Coach Karl Smith began his inaugural season as Head Coach of the MCC Men's Soccer team in 1998, after being the assistant coach the four previous seasons. He was named ISCC Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2006. In 2001 and 2002 Smith was named NJCAA Region IV Coach of the Year. The 2002 squad was selected as the #14 team in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Adidas.
Smith's teams played conference championships in 2001, 2002 and 2006. The Scots reached the NJCAA Region IV Championship Game in 2001, 2005, and 2006. In the 2002 and 2003 seasons Chris Loustaunau and Rick Lenhardt were selected First Team All-Region in men's soccer Division I and were named NJCAA All-Americans.
Smith's first college head coaching job was at MCC. He became the director of coaching with Chicago Magic North, created by the merger of Chicago Magic and COPA FC. COPA FC was a youth soccer organization he created in 1999. Smith is currently working with Sockers FC Chicago, a nationally renowned youth soccer organization.
Smith studied at MCC in the horticulture department and later worked in the golf course industry for 13 years. Now his professional life is largely comprised of soccer-related involvements. Smith is married and has three boys, Josh, Cully and Reagan.
Kyran Gaffney has been an assistant to Head Coach Karl Smith during two separate tours dating back to 2005 and five of eight years between 2005 and 2012. He was on the staff under Coach Smith when the MCC soccer team reached the NJCAA Region IV Championship games in 2005 and 2006, returning to the Scots' sidelines in 2012. Prior to his involvement with the MCC Scots, Kyran coached soccer from beginners all the way up through U-19 at the recreational and club levels.
Coach Gaffney is very passionate about being involved with the young men who come to MCC for both an education and sports. He derives great satisfaction in reflecting, at the end of each season, upon how each soccer student-athlete developed in all areas, in particular academically, personally and athletically.
Kyran Gaffney has a degree in accounting and co-owns a consulting company based in Chicago. He lives with his wife, Carol, in McHenry County.
Head Coach: Karl Smith
Assistant Coaches: Kyran Gaffney, Rudy Juan
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