Megan Snelling enters her first season as Assistant Coach with the ULM soccer program.
"I want to thank Coach Wheelock for the opportunity to join her coaching staff and the Warhawk family. ULM is a great school and an awesome fit for me,” said Snelling. “I am very much looking forward to kicking off the 2016 season. Coach Wheelock is extremely organized and passionate about the game. I could not be more excited and honored about playing a fundamental role in supporting her vision and plans for the team."
Snelling brings with her six years of coaching and administrative experience at the Division I and II levels and is a former Southland All-Conference soccer student-athlete at McNeese State as a center back and also a back-up goalkeeper.
“I am happy to bring Megan onto the staff. She has a great understanding of the program and the direction we are trying to take it,” said Wheelock. “Megan has tremendous knowledge of the goalkeeper position, having played it for many years as well as receiving her NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping diploma. She will be primarily responsible for training our goalkeepers, but will also be active in all parts of our program.”
Most recently, Snelling served one season as Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Converse College and Head Coach of Reserve Squad. She handled all administrative duties for two teams, totaling 47 players and managed travel, equipment, social media and fundraising. Additionally, she held the position of Director of Recruiting.
Prior to Converse, Snelling coached for Barbe High School and Calcasieu Soccer Club in Lake Charles. During her tenure at Barbe, the Lady Bucs were consistently ranked top-20 and won multiple tournament titles.
Snelling mentored 29 All- District Honorees, 1 All- State Honoree, and a Louisiana Scholar Athlete of the Year at Barbe. For Calcasieu Soccer Club, Snelling started two highly successful programs - the U10 Academy and Screamin’ Eagles, a four year old introductory soccer program. She also organized and ran free clinics for youth players in the area.
Snelling has also spent her summers coaching for Texas A&M, Rice and McNeese State collegiate summer camps.
Collegiately, Snelling played her freshman season at FIU and helped the team become 2009 Sun Belt Regular Season Champions. She was recruited to play both goalkeeper and center back. Snelling transferred to McNeese State where she was awarded All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention as a defender.
At McNeese, Snelling started and recorded the most minutes for the team in 2012. She played primarily as a defender and also a back-up goalkeeper.
Between seasons, Snelling played with the WPSL Houston South Select and was the captain for the U23 Louisiana State Team at the 2013 USASA National Championships.
Before her collegiate career, Snelling played club with the Challenge Soccer Club in Houston, winning multiple Texas state championships. She also played with the South Texas ODP team for several years.
Snelling earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance and her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, both with honors from McNeese State. As an undergrad, she was named President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and also represented women’s sports on the Athletic Executive Council at McNeese.
While completing her Master’s with a 4.0 GPA, Snelling worked as a Graduate Assistant for the McNeese Athletic Directors and Faculty Athletic Rep. There, she helped manage student athletes’ academic eligibility, assisted students with scheduling and degree planning, met with recruits, and prepared and managed game day operations and spring sports promotional events.
Snelling holds an NSCAA National Diploma, Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma and a USSF National E license.