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CHARLOTTESVILLE Virginia head men’s soccer coach George Gelnovatch announced Monday that assistant coach Mike McGinty has been elevated to the position of associate head coach. McGinty, who has helped lead the Cavaliers to a College Cup appearance and two ACC titles during his tenure, has served as an assistant under Gelnovatch in various capacities since 1998.

After two years serving as a volunteer assistant, McGinty served as an assistant coach from 2000-03 and became Gelnovatch’s top assistant in 2004. Prior to coming to Virginia, McGinty worked at his alma mater, Wake Forest, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

He currently has his USSF “A” coaching license, and has worked with both the Under-18 and Under-17 National teams as an assistant coach. He was also the goalkeeper coach for the Virginia Olympic Development Program.

McGinty, a 1995 Wake Forest graduate, was a three-year starting goalkeeper for the Demon Deacons and earned All-ACC honors in 1992. He holds numerous goalkeeping records at Wake Forest.

Following his collegiate career, McGinty played professionally for eight years in Europe and in the United States. His last season was with DC United of Major League Soccer in 2002-03, before starting to work full-time with UVa.

Virginia opens the 2008 campaign Saturday, Aug. 16, with a preseason exhibition game at West Virginia at 7 p.m.

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