MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – To fill her assistant coach opening, Georgia College head soccer coach Hope Clark went with a familiar face, as Tinna Gallagher will join the Bobcats for the 2012 season.
Gallagher and Clark know each other well, as Gallagher was both a player and assistant coach at Auburn University Montgomery, Clark’s last coaching stint before joining the Bobcats in 2010. She comes to Bobcat Nation from a stint as an administrative assistant in the athletic department at MIT.
"I am very excited to have Tinna join our coaching staff here at Georgia College,” said Clark. “Tinna brings a very strong playing background from her experience at the club, national and collegiate levels, in addition to her collegiate coaching experience. She was a great player for me at AUM, providing leadership and direction to her teammates on and off the field, and also served us well as a very dedicated and knowledgeable coach when she joined me on staff in 2009, a year in which we found great success. I am confident that we have added another great addition to our women's soccer staff from which our players and university will benefit greatly."
A native Icelander, Gallagher (then-Hauksdottir) was chosen for the U17 and U19 Women’s Soccer National Teams. She grew up playing for KR in Iceland, a dominant and well-respected club squad in her native country.
Her AUM accolades include three-time All-Southern States Conference, including first team honors in her senior season of 2008. She was also a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region selection in 2007, adding Academic All-Conference honors twice in her career. In 2008, she received the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champion of Character award.
After her eligibility completed in 2008, she re-joined the staff as a student assistant coach for the 2009 season, a year in which the Lady Senators advanced to the NAIA National Tournament. After finishing a Master’s in Public Administration at AUM, she took a role at MIT as an assistant coach, earning a nomination for the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Superior Award. She then took on a role as an administrative assistant for both the Assistant Athletic Directors and Senior Woman Administrator.
The Bobcats begin the 2012 campaign on the road at Lenoir-Rhyne University Friday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The first home contest is a week later against Nova Southeastern University Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
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