John Miglarese
John Miglarese
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 423-652-4815
Year: 3rd Year
Previous College: Georgia Southern ('00)

Miglarese guided King to their third Conference Carolinas Tournament berth in as many season as King earned the fifth seed with a league record of 4-4-2 while going 5-8-3 overall. The Tornado played five overtime games on the season, including three straight double overtime contests at the end of September. The season came to an end in the Conference Carolinas Tournament when the Tornado fell at fourth seed Mount Olive on penalty kicks. King earned the Conference Carolinas Messick Award for Sportsmanship and three Tornado garnered all-conference recognition. Chris Hicks earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for the second straight year.

In his second season leading the men's soccer program, Miglarese improved his win total from the year before, going 7-10 overall and posting a 5-5 Conference Carolinas mark. The Tonado won three straight home matches in the middle of the season and nearly upset 21st-ranked Barton on Senior Day before eanring the fifth seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament. Playing at Lees-McRae for the second time in a week, Kind dropped a narrow 2-1 decision in the conference tournament to end their season. Chris Hicks led King, earning Daktronics second team All-Region honors and third team All-Region recognition from the NSCAA. Hicks also garnered first team all-conference honors while Eli Carrasco, Kendale Liburd and Ryan Murphy earned secoond team honors. Hicks was also selected Capital One Academic All-District.

During the 2013 season, his first season at the helm, Miglarese brought the Tornado back to the postseason, earning a Conference Carolinas Tournament berth a season after missing out. King went 3-5 in league play to earn the seventh seed in the conference tournament, drawing 15th-ranked Limestone College in the first round of the tournament. The Tornado dropped a narrow 1-0 decision on a Saint goal in the 83rd minute. Zachary Clark and Ryan Murhpy were both named second team All-Conference Carolinas while six players earned academic all-conference honors.

Miglarese joined King after spending four seasons at John Brown University (Ark.), a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) where he rebuilt the men's soccer program and was named Coach of the Year with the Golden Eagles. He brings with him a wealth of coaching experience at various levels of competition, including two stops with NCAA Division I programs.

Miglarese (pronounced Milla-rācē), 34, helped restore prominence at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark. in just four seasons at the helm of the Golden Eagles. Last season, Miglarese tied for most wins in a season in his tenure at JBU with 11. Behind the dual offensive threat of Eli Simonsen (7g, 2a) and Zari Prescod (6g, 4a) and strong goaltending from Pablo Garcia (.817, 89 saves), the Golden Eagles marched all the way to the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) title match and finished runners up following a loss in penalty kicks to Oklahoma Baptist.

In 2011, Miglarese was crowned SAC Coach of the Year following a third place finish by JBU behind a 5-3-2 conference record, the team's best SAC mark in his four-year stay. He led the team to a remarkable rebound, recovering from a 0-5 start to the season by winning or tying 10 of their next 12 matches.

In his first year with JBU in 2009, he created a three-match improvement from the previous season and helped the team to a top-4 finish in the SAC. Miglarese posted his second 10-plus win season the following year, finishing 11-8-1 overall and a winning conference record, and took the team to the SAC Tournament semi-final match. The Golden Eagles began gaining national recognition when the team received votes in the NAIA national rankings over the course of the year.

In his four seasons with John Brown University, Miglarese placed 12 student-athletes on the All-Conference team, including three last season alone. Prior to the start of the 2012 season, Golden Eagle Men's Soccer was one of seven JBU athletic teams named to the 2011-12 NAIA Scholar Team list for team academic success.

Prior to joining JBU, Miglarese spent four seasons at Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, Ga.) as head coach of the Scots. Covenant enjoyed its best season under Miglarese in 2007 when they finished the year 14-5-1 overall and went 5-1-1 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC). The Scots battled through the playoffs and were crowned conference champions, Region XII Champions, and sported a top-25 national ranking heading into the NAIA National Tournament. Following the success of the team, Miglarese was named AAC and Region XII Coach of the Year and was a candidate for NAIA National Coach of the Year.

In 2008, Miglarese once again took his team to the AAC Conference Tournament championship match where the Scots finished runners up behind a second straight 10-win season and a 4-2-0 conference record. Between the 2007 and 2008 seasons, the Scots combined for a 9-3-1 record in AAC play. In three of the four years he was head coach at Covenant, Miglarese's teams were awarded the Champions of Character Award (2006, '07, '08).

Miglarese began his coaching career as an intern assistant coach for the men's and women's soccer programs at nearby Milligan College following a four-year career as a player at NCAA DI Georgia Southern University. In 2000, he was a part of the Milligan coaching staff that was an AAC Tournament finalist and advanced to the Region XII tournament. In 2001, he rejoined his alma mater for his first Division I coaching stint with the Eagles. There Miglarese served as recruiting coordinator and goalkeeper trainer, helping GSU to a semifinal appearance at the Southern Conference Tournament.

He joined the Gardener-Webb University (Boiling Springs, N.C.) men's soccer staff as association head coach in 2003 where he spent two seasons with the Runnin' Bulldogs (NCAA DI). In 2003, Miglarese was a part of a staff that turned a winless program from the year prior into the Division I Most Improved Team behind a 10-9-0 overall ledger. In his time with G-W, he trained three-time All-Conference and former Major League Soccer goalkeeper, Tyler Kettering, of the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Miglarese was a starter at Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Ga.) where he was a goaltender and graduated fifth all-time in career saves (161). He is currently tied for eighth all-time for saves in a single game when he made 12 against VMI during his senior season. As a junior in 1997, Miglarese and the Eagles finished with the second-most wins in a single season (14) and were ranked 14th nationally by Soccer America. That year, Miglarese was part of a squad that tallied the fourth-most saves in a season (130) and had the second-highest single season win percentage (.750). In 1996, he was part of a GSU team that was a finalist in the SoCon Tournament.

The Charleston, S.C. native graduated from Georgia Southern in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in Sport Management. He returned to his alma mater and earned a master's degree in Sport Management in 2002 while serving as a graduate assistant.

Miglarese is certified by the NSCAA with his National Diploma, Advanced National Diploma, and Premiere Diploma. While residing in Arkansas, he also worked with the Arkansas Olympic Development program staff as a coach.

He and his wife, Jessica, have three children, John Marshall (8) and Isabella (5), Joseph (infant).







Milligan College

Intern Coach



Georgia Southern

Graduate Assistant Coach



Gardner-Webb University

Associate Head Coach



Covenant College

Head Coach

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John Brown University

Head Coach

40-30-6 (18-14-5)


93-84-12 (34-23-8)







10-8-1 (4-4-1)



11-8-1 (5-4-1)

SAC Tournament semi-finalist, received votes in national rankings


8-9-2 (5-3-2)

Third place, SAC Coach of the Year


11-5-2 (4-3-1)

SAC Tournament Runners Up


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