On Thursday, Jan. 30, William Jewell College President Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls and Director of Athletics Tom Eisenhauer introduced Mike McGlinchey as the new head coach for the Cardinal football program at a press conference. Coach McGlinchey is the 30th head coach and served four years as a co-defensive coordinator at Colorado School of Mines. In Colorado he helped lead Mines to three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships and three NCAA Division II National Playoff appearances.
The search committee, which consisted of several Jewell faculty and administration, searched through 80 applications before deciding on McGlinchey as the new head coach. After this long and thorough search, Jewell is confident they have found the best possible fit.
“We are deeply excited about the future of William Jewell football under the leadership of our new head coach, Mike McGlinchey,” MacLeod Walls said.
At the press conference, McGlinchey spoke words of encouragement to the team.
“To our players here at Jewell, that’s the expectation: total commitment, maximum effort, and things will get better,” McGlinchey said.
He also spoke to the expectations of the team outside of football.
“To the William Jewell faithful, we have a bright future,” McGlinchey said, speaking to the college as a whole. “It starts today. Our mission is very simple. We want a positive student-athlete experience here. We want our guys to go out in the community and be proud to be Cardinals. We want our guys to graduate from William Jewell to be a proud alumnus.”
It’s clear that coach McGlinchey has high expectations for the team, as well as big goals for the future of the program.
“Come be a part of something special, because that’s what we’re looking to build,” McGlinchey said. “We’re going to build this with a singular vision. Our goal is to be the best that we can be at everything we do, alright, and we’re never going to quit. We are going to achieve success in this vision too, and we are looking to set up William Jewell football for the next 100 years.”