Coming off conference championships in 2015, 2016 and 2018, Sheila McGill enters her 13th year at the helm of the Tommies in 2019. Her last four teams posted a 60-15-6 overall record.
She's also guided the last two Tommie teams to three consecutive NCAA playoff trips, and twice in those three seasons she and her staff were named the Region Coaches of the Year.
Her 142-66-24 overall record (85-32-15 in MIAC regular-season) includes 10 consecutive winning seasons in conference play, and five consecutive trips to the conference playoffs. Her 2018 team was nationally ranked most of the season. It swept the conference regular-season and playoff titles and lost a shootout in the NCAA playoffs on the road. The Tommies' 19-2-1 record included school records for wins (19) and longest win streak (14).
Mallory DeBoom won her second All-America honor and her second MIAC Offensive Player of the Year award. DeBoom closed her four-year run with 111 points (44 goals) to move into No. 2 on the program's career scoring list. St. Thomas finished 47-0-4 in games on her career when she scored a point, and she recorded 19 game-winning goals. The senior also became the Tommies' first four-time first-team All-MIAC honoree. Teammate McKenna Peplincki received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
McGill has been on the Minnesota soccer scene as a prep and college player and youth, prep and college coach for 30 years. A former MIAC soccer player at St. Mary's from 1993-97, McGill was an assistant coach at St. Catherine from 2003-06. Her local coaching resume also includes four seasons as an assistant coach at Cretin-Derham Hall High School (1999-2002); five seasons as a head coach in White Bear Lake's youth soccer program, and eight seasons coaching for USYSA Region II and the state of Minnesota in the Olympic Development Program.
McGill also conducts her own annual youth soccer camp and has been a clinician at several other camps. McGill holds a USSF 'B' license, a National Youth License, and NSCAA Level I & II goalkeeping coaching license.
At St. Thomas, McGill has carried on a strong academic tradiiton with a team grade-point average in the 3.40 range. In 2018 alone, UST had 10 upperclass athletes make Academic All-MIAC with cumulative gpas of 3.50 or better.
St. Thomas finished 10-7-1 despite injuries and a young roster in McGill's debut season, then broke through to win the MIAC championship in 2008. Picked sixth in the MIAC preseason poll, the 2008 Tommies finished 14-1-5 overall and took first in the conference with a 9-0-2 record. St. Thomas made it to the NCAA Tournament -- the program's fifth NCAA playoff berth in 12 seasons but first since 2002 -- before losing in penalty kicks to Loras. Junior Erin Sprangers was chosen conference MVP and McGill was named conference Coach of the Year. Their 14-1-5 record and .825 win percentage ranked among the best in college soccer, and UST reached 13th in the Division III national rankings.
St. Thomas was MIAC runner-up and returned to the NCAA playoffs in 2009 after a 13-6-1 finish.
The 2014 Tommie team returned to the MIAC playoffs. The Toms won their quarterfinal game but fell in the semifinals to finish the season 8-8-4.
In 2015, St. Thomas was slotted out of the top three in the MIAC preseason poll and posted a 8-2-1 conference record to win the regular-season championship. In the MIAC playoffs, the Tommies reached the championship game but fell 1-0 to Gustavus to finish second. That UST team had 21 freshmen and sophomores on a 27-player roster.
The 2016 Tommies posted a remarkable 10-0-1 record in conference play to claim the MIAC regular-season title for the second-straght year. St. Thomas fell in the MIAC championship game but received an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament for the teams' first trip since 2009. The Tommies lost to Loras in the first round to end the season with a 17-3-1 record and Coach McGill and her staff were honored as Region Coaching Staff of the Year. DeBoom, the MIAC Offensive Player of the Year, and senior goalkeeper Tarynn Theilig, the 2X MIAC Defensive Player of the Year, were both third-team All-America selections. St. Thomas played exceptional defense the entire season as they only allowed six goals in 21 games played.
Sheila McGill Year-By-Year
2010----11-7-1---------7-3-1 (tie 3rd)
2011-----9-6-2----------5-4-2 (tie 6th)
2012-----7-9-2----------5-4-2 (tie 6th)