McVea Returns to Men's Soccer Coaching Ranks
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion men’s soccer and head coach Alan Dawson welcome former assistant coach Tennant McVea, back to the coaching staff after a year stint at Elon University with the Phoenix men’s soccer program.
“We are excited to Tennant back as a Monarch,” said Coach Dawson. “He brings energy, passion and a love for our sport. He is a proven winner and will help our program get back to the championship level that we strive for.”
While at Elon, McVea helped with the day-to-day operations of the Phoenix’s organization including planning of practice, coordinating travel and schedule plans and the breakdown of game footage for team and individual analysis.
With McVea on staff, the Phoenix went 7-6-4 overall and 3-2-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. He also helped coach Elijah Agu to an NSCAA All-Region Second-Team nod.
McVea served as an assistant for three years at ODU, helping lead the Monarchs to two NCAA appearances and a Conference USA Championship in 2014. He assisted with the day-to-day operations within the Monarch organization including planning of practices, coordinating travel and schedule plans and the breakdown of game footage for team and individual analysis.
He recruited student-athletes domestically and abroad while also planning official and unofficial recruiting visits for prospective student-athletes. In addition to his coaching and recruiting roles, McVea had an integral role in growing and maintaining alumni relations with past soccer Monarchs.
McVea coached for both the Beach FC travel soccer league and the Virginia Beach Piranhas while a member of the ODU coaching squad.
Prior to moving to the states, McVea played overseas for Ards FC of the Irish Premier League (2004-06) and the FC Lahti of Veikkausliiga Professional Soccer club (2010-11). From September 2011 to March 2012, he captained the Norfolk Sharx of the MISL Professional Soccer league.
McVea played collegiately at Loyola University Maryland, where he was named a 2008 NSCAA Adidas First-Team All-American and a three-time NSCAA Adidas Regional All-American. He was a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award in 2009 and was a four-year captain for the Greyhounds.
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