Four different Hurricane players netted goals
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A name synonymous with Tulsa men’s soccer, Tom McIntosh is in his 20th season as the head coach of the Golden Hurricane. He is only the fourth coach in the 34-year history of the program and is the school’s all-time winningest soccer coach. McIntosh accepted the interim position in July of 1995 and was named head coach at his alma mater a year later.
McIntosh is truly the epitome of Tulsa men’s soccer. Since he first walked on campus as a player in 1986, McIntosh has been a part of 290 of TU’s 377 victories either as a player (1986-88), an assistant coach (1989-91) or as the head coach.
Since his first season as head coach, McIntosh has built Tulsa into a conference powerhouse, through four seasons in the Western Athletic Conference (1996-1999), six seasons in the Missouri Valley Conference (1995, 2000-04), nine seasons in Conference USA (2005-13) and now one season in the American Athletic Conference (2014-present). He has led TU to eight conference championships, including five tournament and three regular season titles. McIntosh has also put the Hurricane into the national spotlight, as Tulsa has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in eight of the last 12 seasons, including national quarterfinal appearances in 2004 and 2009, while posting an 8-8-1 NCAA Tournament mark during that same time. McIntosh’s tenure is the longest in the history of the TU men’s soccer program. He has an overall record of 220-145-35 and has notched a conference mark of 88-61-20 as a member of four conferences. The Golden Hurricane went undefeated in 21-straight regular-season league games from October 2006 to October 2009, and went undefeated in 22 regular-season road contests, not including neutral site games, from October 2006 to October 2010.
Under McIntosh, the Hurricane has 13 seasons with 10-plus wins, including a school-best 16 victories in 2008, while six of his players (Kyle Brown, Chris Clements, Cristian Mata, Ashley McInnes, Austin Neil and Ryan Pore) have achieved All-America status. Tulsa student-athletes have also excelled in the classroom as 139 players have received conference academic honors, 32 have earned Academic All-District accolades and nine have received Academic All-America recognition.
Over the past 12 years, 14 players have been drafted or gone on to play professionally, including Terry Boss (2004), Ryan Pore (2004), Kyle Brown (2005), Lawson Vaughn (2005), Daniel Wasson (2005), Dominic Cervi (2008), Chris Clements (2009), Tyrel Lacey (2009), Joe Salem (2010), Hunter Christiansen (2011), Chris Taylor (2011), Justin Chavez (2012), Akeil Barrett (2014) and Tony Rocha (2014).
In 2014, TU claimed the American Athletic Conference tournament championship and played in the NCAA Championship opening round. The Hurricane tallied 11 wins, posted seven clean sheets and faced five teams ranked in the top-25 for a 3-1-1 mark in those contests, including a 1-0 win over then #3 Virginia, who went on to claim the 2014 NCAA Championship. Three players picked up all-conference honors, five were tabbed to the all-tournament team and two were named to the all-Rookie team.
In 2013, McIntosh recorded his 200th win as the head coach at Tulsa with a 4-1 victory over Ohio State on Sept. 6, and went on to lead TU back to the C-USA title game. The Hurricane posted an 11-6-3 mark, recorded seven shutouts, faced four teams ranked in the top-20 and concluded the season ranked 24th in the nation in total goals (37). Cristian Mata was selected as a Soccer America second team All-American, while four players were named to the NSCAA All-Midwest Region team and five student-athletes picked up All-C-USA accolades.
The 2012 season was a comeback year as Tulsa nearly tripled the wins mark from the previous season with 14, won its fourth C-USA Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The Hurricane recorded eight shutouts and faced five opponents ranked among the nation’s top-25. TU finished the year ranked sixth in the nation in scoring offense (2.29 gpg) and total goals (48), and seventh in total points (134). Three players were named to the NSCAA Division I All-Midwest Region teams, and Cristian Mata was named as the C-USA Freshman of the Year.
The 2011 season was plagued with youth and injuries as the Golden Hurricane recorded a 5-12 overall record. The honors, however, were still impressive as four players picked up All-C-USA accolades and three were tabbed to the C-USA All-Freshman Team, including Freshman of the Year, Tony Rocha.
In 2010, Tulsa earned a school-best No. 2 national ranking for three straight weeks, finished with double-digit wins for the 10th time in school history, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in school history and fourth-straight year. TU concluded the season ranked 10th in the nation in total goals (42) and 15th in scoring offense (2.0 goals per game).
The Golden Hurricane won its third-straight Conference USA regular season and tournament titles, posted a 15-5-2 overall record, advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second time in school history, and concluded the year ranked No. 7 in all five national polls in 2009. Ashley McInnes and Austin Neil were selected as third-team All-America honorees by College Soccer News and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, respectively. Tulsa recorded seven shutouts and faced six opponents ranked among the nation’s top-30.
The 2008 men’s soccer team posted a 16-4-3 overall record and captured C-USA regular season and tournament titles. The Golden Hurricane also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship, set a new school record with 16 wins and earned a then school-best No. 5 national ranking by Top Drawer Soccer. Tulsa recorded 10 shutouts and faced six opponents ranked among the nation’s top-30.
The 2007 season was also a record-setting year for the Golden Hurricane, as Tulsa (15-3-2) claimed the C-USA regular season and tournament titles after tallying a 6-0-2 league mark, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship, captured 15 wins for the most in school history at that point and earned a then school-best No. 6 national ranking by Soccer America. TU received the NCAA Champions in Scoring award for scoring a 2.6 goals per game average, the most for any Division I program on the year, recorded eight shutouts and faced five opponents ranked among the nation’s top-20.
During the 2006 season, TU advanced to the semifinals of the Conference USA Championship, and posted a 9-10 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the league. The Golden Hurricane also faced nine ranked opponents, including six ranked among the top-15, and posted five shutouts, including two against ranked opponents – #11 South Carolina (1-0) and #24 Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3-0).
McIntosh guided the Hurricane to a 7-7-7 finish in 2005, and TU reached the conference finals for the second-straight year with its appearance in the C-USA Tournament championship game. Tulsa was ranked or received votes for six weeks, including a season-best No. 14 national ranking. The Golden Hurricane knocked off third-ranked Creighton and completed the season with a 2-2-3 mark against teams that were either ranked or receiving votes. Six players received all-conference honors.
In 2004, McIntosh led Tulsa to its first back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, the best postseason run in school history with its spot in the national quarterfinals, and concluded the season ranked No. 8 in the nation. The Hurricane posted a third-place finish in the MVC with a 5-3-1 league mark, but heated up in the MVC Tournament with a win over #17 Creighton before falling to third-ranked SMU in the title game. In the NCAA Tournament, Tulsa topped Michigan State, 3-1, in the opening round and got past #12 Penn State on penalty kicks. The Hurricane then earned a hard-fought, 2-1, double overtime victory over MVC rival SMU in the Round of 16. The Hurricane fell one game short of the College Cup with a loss to eventual champion, Indiana, in the national quarterfinal round.
Under McIntosh’s tutelage, Ryan Pore became the first two-time All-America player and a finalist for the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy. Pore led the nation in scoring in 2004 and spearheaded the Hurricane attack, which ranked 19th nationally in scoring.
McIntosh guided Tulsa to a banner season in 2003 and led the Golden Hurricane back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991. TU registered a 13-6-2 overall record and posted a 6-1-2 mark in MVC play. The Hurricane was nationally ranked for 11-straight weeks and achieved a season-best ranking of No. 10. McIntosh guided the Hurricane to a 4-3 record against ranked teams and helped sophomore Ryan Pore become the second All-America player in school history. McIntosh’s attack-style offense was the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the country and led the Hurricane to its first NCAA Tournament victory against Oakland in the first round.
McIntosh led the Golden Hurricane to a 10-9 overall record in 2002, and Tulsa finished sixth among the Valley teams with a 4-5 league mark. McIntosh led Tulsa to a 2-1 overtime victory over 15th-ranked Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the season opener and then added three more victories to record the best season start in school history up to that point with a 4-0 mark. The team achieved what was then its highest national and regional ranking on Sept. 9 when TU entered the top-25 at No. 12 and was the No. 1 squad in the region for the first time in history. McIntosh then guided Tulsa to the biggest win in school history when TU shocked previously undefeated and top-ranked Stanford, 3-1, on Sept. 27.
In 2001, McIntosh guided TU to a 9-10 overall record and an MVC mark of 4-5. Tulsa defeated 2000 NCAA national runner-up Creighton and made McIntosh the school’s winningest coach.
In 2000, he led Tulsa back into the MVC and guided the Golden Hurricane to a 10-7-2 mark. With 10 victories, it was the fourth-straight winning season under McIntosh.
In 1999, McIntosh picked up his 50th career win with a victory over TCU on Nov. 5, led Tulsa to a second-place finish in the WAC and coached the Hurricane to a 4-2 upset over 22nd-ranked Bowling Green.
In 1998, McIntosh became the first TU coach to guide the Hurricane to consecutive conference tournament appearances. For the first time since the 1990-91 campaigns, Tulsa recorded back-to-back 13-win seasons. TU narrowly missed its second-ever NCAA Tournament trip when the Hurricane fell in the WAC Championship game to Fresno State, 5-4, on penalty kicks. TU ended the season ranked No. 22 in the national polls. During the 1997 campaign, Tulsa broke into the nation’s top-25 and tied the schools then highest-ever ranking of No. 20. TU also qualified for the WAC Tournament and advanced to the finals where the Hurricane lost to eventual champion and nationally-ranked SMU.
McIntosh was already familiar with the Tulsa soccer program before taking over the coaching reins on an interim basis in 1995. McIntosh served as an assistant coach at TU for two seasons (1989-91). Before that, he was a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter for the Golden Hurricane. While serving as team captain in 1987 and 1988, McIntosh was named the squad’s Most Inspirational Player both years.
McIntosh has served as the chairman for the Midwest Region NCAA Committee, which assists in selecting teams for the NCAA Tournament from the Midwest Region. Previously, he was a member of the Midwest Regional Advisory Committee for three years.
Over the past 20+ years, McIntosh has been heavily involved in the youth soccer organizations in the city of Tulsa. During 1992-95 seasons, he led his 16-and-under squad to two state championships. In 1988, McIntosh coached the Bishop Kelley High School boy’s team to the state quarterfinals and was selected as the District IV Coach of the Year that same season.
In the summer of 1989, McIntosh played for the Tulsa Renegades of the Southwest Outdoor Soccer League. He holds a license in the United States Soccer Federation and belongs to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
In addition, McIntosh and his brother, Mark, have operated Mac’s Soccer Shack at 61st and Mingo for the past 19 years.
McIntosh earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1988 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1991, both from TU. He attended Memorial High School in Tulsa.
McIntosh, 49, and his wife, Denise, have one son, Ian Thomas, and a daughter, Avery Elizabeth.
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