Jim McGirr returns to CCRI for his third year as head coach after leading the Knights to a 3-3 record in 2018. Despite a shorter season due to injuries and postponements, CCRI is heading in the right direction under McGirr’s guidance.
McGirr boasts 17 years of Division I NCAA coaching experience, including stints at Providence College, University of Rhode Island, Villanova University, Rutgers University, Loyola University Maryland and Lafayette College.
Most recently, he served as an assistant coach at Loyola University, where he was in charge of recruiting and responsible for organizing and coaching, in-season daily training, functional training, team strategy and match preparation. He also helped with education and preparation through video analysis.
While at Loyola, the Greyhounds were a 2014 Patriot League quarterfinalist and 2015 semifinalist. Before Loyola, he was a volunteer assistant at the University of Rhode Island for a year and previously served as the head coach for the Providence College women’s soccer program for eight seasons. While at PC, he trained and developed five different Big East All-Conference players and reached the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big East Tournament. The Friars also earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for academic performance in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In addition, McGirr’s teams achieved a 100-percent graduation rate through mandatory team study halls and weekly academic player meetings.
McGirr also has an extensive club soccer background spanning two decades. For the past two years, he has coached in the New England Futbol Club as head coach of the U13 and U15 girls and U14 boys teams in addition to serving as the assistant administrator in charge of organizing and coordinating all holiday soccer clinics. He also has served as head coach of the Elite Clubs National League as head coach and trainer of the Scorpions Soccer Club from 2011 to 2013. He also worked on the regional staff as coach and trainer of the Rhode Island Olympic Development Program from 2006 to 2009.
In college, McGirr was a defender on the soccer team at Division I Rider University in New Jersey, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1992. He earned his Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and is licensed in United Soccer Federation “B.” McGirr resides in Smithfield, R.I., with his wife Erin, who also has an athletic background as a former two-sport athlete at Rutgers University in track and soccer. He enjoys boating and golfing in his free time.
Mike Trudeau returns to CCRI for his second year as an assistant coach.
Trudeau has 25 years of coaching experience at various levels from youth to high school to college. He also coached in the Rhode Island Special Olympics development program.
Trudeau has coached both male and female teams during his career and specializes in goalkeeper training. He holds coaching certifications with the United States Soccer Federation with a National D License and National Soccer Coaches Association of America Level 1 and 2 Goalkeeping Diplomas. Some of the programs he has worked with include Bruno United FC, Johnson & Wales University, Bryant University and Bishop Hendricken High School.
Trudeau is a graduate of Franklin Pierce University, where he played as a Division II goalkeeper on a team that ranked as high as No. 4 nationally and finished as a national semi-finalist in 1991. He currently resides in West Warwick, R.I.