Goalkeeper coach Gavin McInerney is entering his second season with the Swope Park Rangers, having helped the club reach the USL Cup Final in his first season in 2017. McInerney joined the club from fellow USL side the Rochester Rhinos ahead of the 2017 campaign.
In 2017, McInerney coached a goalkeeping group led by Adrian Zendejas that posted 13 shutouts in regular and postseason play – tied for the fourth most in the USL. The side also conceded just 39 goals in 34 games for a goals against average of 1.15.
McInerney served as an assistant and goalkeeper coach for the Rhinos in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. In his final season with the Rhinos, McInerney oversaw Rochester’s starting goalkeeper Tomas Gomez, who posted the lowest goals against average in the league with 0.55 – earning him the USL Golden Glove award.
The 33-year-old was a key member of the Rhinos’ coaching staff as the side claimed the USL Regular-Season Championship and the USL Cup in 2015, setting a league record by conceding just 15 goals in 28 regular-season games and only losing one game all season.
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, McInerney moved to the U.S. to play college soccer at the University of Memphis in 2004 before returning to Ireland after the 2005 NCAA season to sign a professional contract with St. Patrick’s Athletic FC of the League of Ireland. A move to fellow top-flight side Bray Wanderers followed in 2008 before returning to the U.S. in 2009 to begin his coaching career as an assistant head coach with the University of Buffalo.
McInerney first headed to New York as an assistant coach for Monroe Community College in 2011, while playing indoor soccer for the Rochester Lancers from 2011-15 before joining the Rhinos prior to their successful 2015 USL season.