Houston Soccer Head Coach Diego Bocanegra announced the hiring of assistant
coach Blair Quinn to the coaching staff for the upcoming 2017 season. Quinn
will work with the goalkeepers and field players with a focus on the
defensive side of the ball.
Quinn comes to Houston after two seasons at Arizona State, his second stint with the Sun Devils. Prior to joining the Arizona State program, he spent three seasons (2011-13) as the head coach at New Mexico State University.
In his time with the Sun Devils, Blair earned consecutive NCAA Tournament
appearances (2009-10). In both of his stints with ASU (2007-10, 2014-15),
Quinn served as the team's goalkeepers coach. In 2014, he helped the Sun
Devil soccer program return to the NCAA Tournament where it advanced to the
second round for the first time since 2003. The team's goals against
average of 1.05 was its lowest since 2007.
Under Quinn's direction, ASU goalkeeper Chandler Morris tied the program's second-best, single-season total for shutouts in 2014 (7.5) and she would conclude her career as the program's all-time leader in combined shutouts (25).
Before Quinn's return to ASU, he served as New Mexico State's head coach for three seasons (2011-13). Quinn's accomplishments at NMSU included leading the Aggies to a single-season school record 10 wins in 2011 while also guiding them to their first postseason win in program history. New Mexico State forward Jennae Cambra was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference Second Team in 2013.
In the classroom, NMSU had great success during Quinn's tenure as 20 different players earned All-WAC All-Academic recognition. Half of those 20 players tallied conference academic accolades multiple times.
The Aggies broke multiple school records in 2011 including shutouts (7) and goals against average (1.14). Elise Nordin also became the first Aggie in program history to earn second-team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Seven honors.
In his first season at ASU, Quinn helped goalkeeper Briana Silvestri set a single-season school mark for goals against average (.085) in 2007, her first season as a full-time starter. The following season, Silvestri would break her own record with a 0.77 GAA, recording six shutouts along the way and recording NSCAA National Player of the Week honors following her back back-to-back shutouts at Baylor and at Texas.
Prior to working with the Sun Devils, Quinn was an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, Calif. In 2006, he was a volunteer assistant coach at Kansas. The Jayhawks finished with an 11-7-1 record. With Quinn's guidance, sophomore goalkeeper Julie Hanley recorded a 0.98 goals against average with seven shutouts.
Quinn spent the 2005-06 season as an assistant coach/goalkeeper at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. He returned to his alma mater, Rockhurst in Kansas City, Mo., to work as a men's graduate assistant during the 2004-05 season.
Quinn began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan. He worked with both the men's and women's programs for two seasons from 2000-02.
Quinn played professionally from 1997-2003. He started his professional career with the Tallahassee Scorpions of the Eastern Indoor Soccer League before playing with the Sacramento Knights of the Western Indoor Soccer League. Quinn was with the Kansas City Brass of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues and Arizona Thunder (WISL), before he ended his playing career with the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
As a three-year starter at goalkeeper at Rockhurst University (NAIA) Quinn garnered first team NAIA All-America and second team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America honors. In his senior season, he led the Hawks to the NAIA Final Four and still holds the Rockhurst records for shutouts in a season (15) and career (37).
Quinn earned a bachelor's degree in communication in 2005 from Rockhurst University. He also has earned several coaching licenses, including United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "A" License, United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National Goalkeeping License and the NSCAA National Youth Diploma.
A native of Upland Park, Kansas, Quinn and his wife, Lacey, have two sons, Aidan and Riley.