Kia McNeill Named Girl’s Director of Coaching at Valeo FC
Kia McNeill professional player and Boston College standout has joined Valeo Futbol Club as girl’s Director of Coaching. McNeill is no stranger to Boston soccer, having played professionally for the Boston Breakers and collegiately at Boston College. She was recently named an assistant women’s soccer coach at Northeastern University after spending five years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Boston College (BC). In her playing career at BC, the Eagles appeared in the NCAA Tournament all four years and qualified every year during her tenure on staff, making it to two Elite Eight runs (2009, 2013) and one Final Four (2010).
“I am excited to join the Valeo Futbol Club, helping to build the Girl’s Program” said McNeill. “Valeoprovides a challenging and rewarding soccer environment for players, their families, and communities. I look forward to working and sharing with them everything I’ve learned from soccer around the world.”
After graduating from BC in 2008, McNeill immediately left for Kristianstad, Sweden to play in that country’s top professional women’s league, the Damallsvenskan. Upon her return to the U.S., she was selected by St. Louis Athletica as the ninth overall pick in the Women’s Professional Soccer league’s inaugural draft in 2009. The Atlanta Beat acquired her in a trade from St. Louis in 2010 in time to kick off the Beat’s inaugural season during which she was co-captain. She continued her playing career in Philadelphia, spent a season playing in Champions League with a Russian team, and played for the Boston Breakers in 2013. She took the 2014 season off to complete her MBA at BC. McNeill was also a member of the U.S. Soccer U-23 National Team and played with the U-23 team in Spain in 2009.
McNeill holds a BA in Human Developmentwith aminor inPsychology from BC where she was on the Dean’s List, a three-time All-ACC Academic team selection, a three-time recipient of the Athletic Director’s Academic Achievement Award, and Big East Rookie of the Year. While in college, she also worked as a research assistant, mentor, coach and evaluator, and represented BC at the NCAA National Leadership Conference. She was inducted into the Connecticut Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January, 2010.
Prior to Boston College, McNeill, a native of Avon, Conn., played town and travel soccer with the Avon Soccer Club and played premier soccer with World Class and Yankee United. She played varsity for four years at Avon High School where she holds the scoring record (93 career goals) and helped the team win three Class M championships and go undefeated for three seasons. She was a four-time All-Conference, three-timeAll-State, two-timeAll-America selection and a Gatorade Player of the Year. In her senior season, she was named the 2003 NSCAA National HighSchool Player of the Year.