Aaron McGuiness enters his second season with the Black & Gold for the 2019-20 season. In his first year with the program, McGuiness helped lead the Rams to a program record 16-wins and a berth to their second consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship Game.
Prior to VCU, McGuiness spent a year at Tiffin University, where he served in the same role. He helped the Dragons to an 8-10-1 overall record. They would grab a big 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 of the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal over Davenport before falling to Grand Valley State in the semifinals.
“I would like to thank Lindsey and the selection committee for giving me this opportunity. It’s a great honor to work with Lindsey and the other staff members,” said McGuiness. “They have done a great job in building a very competitive program and I aim to assistant Lindsey in continuing this growth.”
McGuiness spent four seasons as the head coach of the Thiel College women's soccer team and seven seasons as a member of the Tomcats' soccer coaching staff. In his first and second seasons as head coach, the Thiel women’s soccer team won seven games, matching their highest win total since the 2003 season.
Prior to that, McGuiness was the assistant and then the associate head coach for the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Thiel College. He also served as the assistant coach for AFC Cleveland from 2012 to 2014 and the head coach for the second half of the 2014 season.
"I am really excited to add Aaron as a new assistant within our program, as we prepare for our approaching 2018 season," said Martin. "He demonstrated early on in the hiring process that he was the right fit for the position and I am confident that our team will benefit from having him join us."
McGuiness brings an extensive playing career to VCU, having played both collegiately and at the professional level.
A native of Tweed Heads, Australia, McGuiness was a member of the Palm Beach Soccer Club in the Brisbane Premier League from 2001-2005. He started as a youth team player, was promoted to the reserve team in 2002, where he played for one season, and played the final three years on the first team. He was a starter on the team that won the Brisbane Premier League regular season and placed as the runner-up in the Queensland Cup.
McGuiness began his collegiate career at Shenandoah University in 2005. He was a four-year starter for the Hornets and a two-year captain. He was twice named All-USA South Conference honorable mention and was selected to the Sportsmanship Team following his senior season.
McGuiness is a 2009 graduate of Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology focusing in sports management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in university studies focusing in sports media. In 2013, McGuiness earned his Master's of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a focus in performance enhancement and injury prevention from California University of Pennsylvania.