John Miglarese Introduced as Men’s Soccer Head Coach

*Photo courtesy of John Brown University sports information department
*Photo courtesy of John Brown University sports information department
King has named John Miglarese, most recently of John Brown University, as its head men's soccer coach.

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Director of Athletics David Hicks has announced the hire of John Miglarese as King's new men's soccer head coach, effective immediately. Miglarese joins 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.

"John is a proven winner who has established winning traditions at every point in his career," said director of athletics, David Hicks. "He has helped transform winless programs into NCAA Tournament teams, won conference championships, and this year his team was just penalty kicks away from a conference championship. He has a clearly defined philosophy of leadership that aligns perfectly with King's institutional mission and has a clear vision for the future of our men's soccer program. I am thrilled to have John leading our men's soccer program. "

"Being from the Southeast and coaching in the region at Covenant [College] plus the quality of the school helped make this a great fit," said Miglarese. "King has a rich soccer history that has always interested me. I think the program has a tremendous amount of potential. This is great for my family and seems like a perfect a fit for us."

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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 four-year 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).

Miglarese will begin his duties as head coach at King immediately.



On the first order of business as head coach …
"Recruiting. We have to improve the team. A lot of that will begin this spring when we begin practice but we also have to bring in players that will make an impact. My hope is to have some quality signings over the next few months."

On the team …
"I can tell they [the team] are eager to do well. It is a group that is ready to make some changes. I explained to them what I intend to do and how we intend to do it and they were very receptive. It begins with a culture change, beginning with attitude and then the brand of soccer we will play. I can tell they are eager to get started, as well."

On the move from JBU to King …
"Coming to King is a great opportunity and in a great location for my family. I loved my time at JBU and proud of what we have achieved there. I am very eager to get going at King."







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


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