OXFORD, Ga. – The Oxford College of Emory University Department of Athletics recently named Georgia College assistant coach Tinna Gallagher as head coach of the Eagle Women's Soccer program.
"I want to thank everyone in the Georgia College Athletic Department, as well as in the Georgia College Community, for a great working relationship for the past four years," said Gallagher. "I made some wonderful friendships along the way that I will keep forever. I want to give special thanks to Hope Clark, who gave me the opportunity to work with a great group of ladies here at GC, and has taught me so much. I have grown so much as a coach and I will take the experience with me to Oxford College of Emory University."
Gallagher spent four seasons on the sidelines with Bobcat Soccer, working primarily with the defense. Over those seasons, the Bobcats reached 10-plus wins three times, including the 2013 campaign, which featured the first appearance for GC Soccer in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship game. During her time as assistant, the Bobcats had four players reach All-Region status, and six take All-PBC honors.
"I wish Tinna the very best as she begins her new journey with Emory at Oxford," said Clark. "The University, athletic department and program are in great hands with her at the helm. She has helped me build an amazing program here at Georgia College over the last four years and she will continue to be big part of our future here as she has helped recruit quality student-athletes that will begin college well after she departs. I am very grateful for the effort and passion she displayed daily for our program and young women and she will be truly missed. I am very excited to watch her grow as a college head coach and am confident that she will be very successful."
Gallagher and Clark know each other well, as Gallagher was both a player and assistant coach at Auburn University Montgomery, Clark's last coaching stint before joining the Bobcats in 2010. Gallagher came to Bobcat Nation from a position as an administrative assistant in the athletic department at MIT.
A native Icelander, Gallagher (then-Hauksdottir) was chosen for the U17 and U19 Women's Soccer National Teams. She grew up playing for KR in Iceland, a dominant and well-respected club squad in her native country.
Her AUM accolades include three-time All-Southern States Conference, including first team honors in her senior season of 2008. She was also a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region selection in 2007, adding Academic All-Conference honors twice in her career. In 2008, she received the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champion of Character award.
After her eligibility completed in 2008, she re-joined the staff as a student assistant coach for the 2009 season, a year in which the Lady Senators advanced to the NAIA National Tournament. After finishing a Master's in Public Administration at AUM, she took a role at MIT as an assistant coach, earning a nomination for the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Superior Award. She then shifted to a position as an administrative assistant for both the Assistant Athletic Directors and Senior Woman Administrator.
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