Kevin Langan became the seventh head coach in the 36-year history of the 49ers men’s soccer program on January 3, 2012. Langan, who was Charlotte’s associate head coach prior to becoming head coach, has been a member of the 49ers coaching staff for the last seven seasons. Langan enters the 2016 season with a 52-20-10 record (.695) as 49ers head coach, which is the highest winning percentage by a head coach in Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer program’s history.
As a member of the coaching staff since 2009, Langan played an integral role in helping the 49ers reach the College Cup Finals in 2011. During his seven years as a member of the 49ers coaching staff, Charlotte has won 92 games, reached a College Cup Championship game, captured two Atlantic 10 regular-season titles, a Conference USA regular-season title and a Conference USA Tournament title and made six NCAA Tournament appearances.
During his four seasons as head coach, the 49ers have reached the NCAA Tournament four times including garnering a national seed twice. Twenty-one players have earned All-Conference honors including 11 named to the first-team, along with seven more being named to the All-Freshman teams. Two players (Donnie Smith and Kyle Parker – C-USA Offensive Player of the Year twice) have garnered Conference individual honors over the last four years. Sixteen players have received NSCAA All-Region honors, including nine on the first-team. Eight Niners have earned NSCAA Scholar All-Region honors and three players (Donnie Smith, Tyler Gibson and Aidan Kirkbride) earned NSCAA Scholar-All-American honors. Tyler Gibson also was named a 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-American. Over the last four years, nine players have gone onto professional soccer careers.
In his first season as head coach of the 49ers, he guided Charlotte to the most successful season by a first-year head coach in the program’s history. In 2012, Langan guided the 49ers to 15 wins, an Atlantic 10 regular-season title, an appearance in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to the eventual runners-up Georgetown, and a national ranking the entire season. In 2012, the team posted the second-best defensive record in the program’s history and celebrated two NSCAA Scholar All-Americans (Tyler Gibson and Donnie Smith). He also became the first coach in the program’s history to start their career undefeated after seven games. In addition, two 49ers (Donnie Smith and Jennings Rex) were drafted by the MLS in his first year.
In his second season as head coach of the 49ers, he guided Charlotte to a Conference USA Tournament title, a national seed in the NCAA Tournament and a national ranking for the majority of the season. In 2013, two 49ers earned national academic honors as Tyler Gibson was named a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American and Aidan Kirkbride earned NSCAA Scholar All-American honors.
In his third season as head coach, he guided Charlotte to a Conference USA regular-season title, a national seed in the NCAA Tournament and a national ranking for the majority of the season. At one point in the season, the 49ers were ranked number one in the RPI. In 2014, Langan earned NSCAA Southeast Regional Coach of the Year honors. Brandt Bronico was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team.
In his fourth season as head coach, he guided the 49ers to their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The 49ers were nationally ranked for a majority of the season. Brandt Bronico was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team for the second straight season. Kyle Parker was drafted 31st overall in the MLS Superdraft by the Columbus Crew.
In 2009, as an assistant coach at Charlotte, the 49ers made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1997. Charlotte ended third-ranked Wake Forest’s nation’s-best 46-game unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents. In 2010, Charlotte captured the program’s first-ever Atlantic 10 regular-season title. In 2011, Charlotte reached the College Cup for the second time in school history and advanced to the College Cup finals for the first time. The 49ers won 16 games which tied for the second most wins in the program’s history.
“It is a great time to be the head coach of the Charlotte 49ers men’s soccer program,” Langan said. “The university boasts some of the best soccer facilities in the country. We are a part of an athletic department that is growing and hungry for success. We have worked hard to develop a great culture around the program and we are confident that we will continue to bring success to Charlotte.”
In 2012, Langan coached the Charlotte Soccer Academy U-16 team to the United States Soccer Federation Academy Finals Week in Houston (top 8 teams in the country) for the first time in the club’s history. Charlotte was one of only three non-MLS Academies to make finals week.
Before moving to Charlotte, Langan spent four years as the head boys’ coach of the Classics Elite Soccer Academy in San Antonio, Texas (now called the San Antonio Scorpions USSF Academy). He also coached the Classics Elite Soccer Academy’s U-18 USSF Academy team in 2008-2009.
As a collegiate player, Langan was a standout player for the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas for the 2004-05 seasons. He captained them to a number one national ranking and the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2004. In his two seasons at Incarnate Word, he was named Regional Defensive Player of the Year, Student-Athlete of the Year and the International Graduate Student of the Year.
The Jersey, United Kingdom native also represented Great Britain at two World University Games; in 2001 in Beijing, China and then captaining the team in Daegu, South Korea in 2003. He was also selected to play for the England National Futsal Team on a Tour of Portugal in 2003. In 2001 he helped lead Bath University to become British National Champions, for the first time in school history, scoring in the final.
In England, Langan played professionally with Bristol City FC for six seasons and Forest Green Rovers FC for four years. For Bristol City he made his Cup debut against Swansea City FC and his League debut versus Wigan Athletic as an 18-year old. During his time at Bristol City FC he played in the team that won promotion to the Championship in 1998. He also played against Premier League sides, Liverpool FC, Southampton FC and West Ham United.
Langan graduated with a “First Class Honors” Bachelor’s Degree in Coaching Education and Sports Performance from the University of Bath (England) in 2004 and with a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2006. He also holds his USSF Coaching “A” License.
Langan, his wife Sally and sons Ben (2) and James (born in early September) reside in Charlotte.