Tara MacDonald

Tara MacDonald

Goalkeeping Director
Head Coach
[email protected] 5123365425

While growing up here in Austin, Tara played for Bowie High School and the Austin United Capitals, which would later become part of Lonestar Soccer Club. She went on to start for the University of Oklahoma for two seasons before transferring and starting for the University of Nebraska for her remaining two seasons of eligibility. While in the Big 12 Conference, she set records at both schools and won several Big 12 Player of the Week and Commissioner's Honor Roll accolades, as well as two preseason tournament Defensive MVP honors. Upon graduating, Tara received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and was called up to play for the WPS team the Western New York Flash in 2011, and later the Boston Breakers in the same season. During the summer of 2012, she played in the 1. Deild Kvenna in Iceland for Íþróttafélagið Höttur. In 2013, she played for the Houston Aces of the WPSL, who made it to the National Championship before they saw their first loss of the season. In 2014, she continued her playing career in Spain playing for C.A. Cirbonero- La Nava before returning to Iceland to help Höttur to a third place finish on the season with only two losses. Höttur also sent her on loan for trial with Atlético de Madrid Feminas in June 2014. She spent her last season in Iceland again as she played for KR Reykjavík in the Pepsi league in 2015.

Tara has coached since 2011, with experience working under the titles of Head Coach, GK Coach, Goalkeeping Director and Girls Director for Challenge-Aggieland and Lonestar Soccer Club. She has also coached and evaluated both boy and girl goalkeepers for the South Texas Olympic Development Program, and is the current acting Goalkeeper Coach for the South Texas U.S. Market Training Center.

Hometown

Austin, Texas

Coaching Licenses

NSCAA GK 1&2
U.S. Soccer E License
U.S. Soccer F License

Coaching Experience & Achievements

Girls Director/Team Coach - Challenge-Aggieland (2011-2013)
Goalkeeping Director - LSC (2014-Present)
US Soccer South Texas Market Training Center - GK Director (2015-2017)
South Texas ODP - GK Coach (2013-2014)
PDP id2 South Texas - GK Coach (2016)
WPSL Pines - GK Coach (2016)

Education

Bachelor of Arts; Sociology from the University of Nebraska

Playing Experience

Youth
Austin United Capitals ‘87 Premier

College
University of Oklahoma 2006-2008
University of Nebraska 2009-2010

Professional
WPS WNY Flash 2011
WPS Boston Breakers 2011
IF Hottur 2012 (Iceland)
Houston Aces 2013
Cirbonero-La Nava 2014 (Spain)
IF Hottur 2014 (Iceland)
On Trial with Atletico Madrid 2014 (Spain)
KR 2015 (Iceland)
WPSL Pines (2016)
WPSL Lonestar (2017)