December 16, 2016

Villanova Names Chris McLain Head Coach


Dec. 16, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Chris McLain has been named head coach at Villanova, the Wildcats announced Friday. McLain becomes the seventh head coach in the history of the Villanova program.

“Ohio State has been a world-class institution and the people I have been afforded the opportunity to work with here have made this place a home for me and my family,” McLain said. “I can’t thank head coach Lori Walker, the administration and Gene Smith enough for opening their arms to me.”

In his two seasons in Columbus, McLain helped lead the Buckeyes to 24 victories and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition, four Buckeyes garnered All-Big Ten recognition, three were named NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region and a pair earned Big Ten All-Freshman team laurels.

“Ohio State is a class organization, the players and support staff make the University a special place and I was privileged to be a part of something extremely special,” McLain added. “Coach Walker afforded me the chance to grow as a leader and a coach and I’m forever thankful to be given that freedom to help continue to lead this program to prominence.”

Prior to his time at Ohio State, McLain spent 11 seasons as associate head coach at Colgate, helping lead the Raiders to more than 100 wins, five Patriot League regular season championships and three Patriot League tournament titles. McLain also previously spent two seasons as head coach of the women’s soccer team at his alma mater, Eastern Nazarene.

McLain and his wife, Claire, are parents of three children: Maeghan, Gavin and Caitlin.