One of the most successful head coaches in the MAAC, Dermot McGrane became the 14th coach of Canisius College men's soccer program on Jan. 21, 2011. Now in his second season leading the Golden Griffins, the two-time MAAC Coach of the Year spent the previous nine years turning Niagara University into one of the top programs in the league.
The winningest head coach in Purple Eagles history, McGrane took the Niagara program to new heights during his tenure. He inherited a team that won only 27 games in the 11 seasons prior to his arrival and then took the Purple Eagles to six MAAC Championship Tournament appearances, including the program's first title game in 2009. Overall, McGrane led Niagara to 61 wins in his nine seasons, including 39 conference victories and seven seasons of at least a .500 winning percentage versus MAAC foes.
His success with the Purple Eagles did not gone unnoticed by his peers. McGrane earned MAAC Coach of the Year accolades in back-to-back seasons following the 2005 and 2006 campaigns. His 2008 team also spent the entire season ranked in the top four of the North Atlantic Region and received votes in the national poll in numerous weeks. McGrane's 2006 and 2008 teams also finished the year ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense.
Under his leadership, McGrane guided a number of players to individual success. McGrane coached and recruited two MAAC Players of the Year, one MAAC Rookie of the Year, 15 regional All-Americans plus 25 all-conference student-athletes at Niagara.
Performance away from the soccer pitch has been just as important during his tenure. His team posted a GPA of 3.0 or higher every season and McGrane mentored 60 MAAC All-Academic selections in addition to 10 NSCAA Scholar-Athletes.
Prior to his time at Niagara, McGrane spent five seasons as the top assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University. With the Chanticleers, McGrane helped build the program into a perennial power. He recruited three players drafted into the MLS, including the third overall selection in 2003, and six All-Americans. Coastal Carolina captured three Big South Championships and one NCAA Tournament appearance during McGrane's term.
McGrane's first collegiate coaching position was as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky from 1995 to 1997. He helped the Hilltoppers to their first Sun Belt Conference Championship in 1995. McGrane has also held coaching positions on the Region III staff for the United States Olympic Development Program from 2000 to 2002 and as the head coach of South Carolina for the U.S. ODP from 1997 to 2002.
A native of Leicester, England, McGrane holds his "A" license from the USSF and his Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA.
McGrane played four seasons at Elmira College, earning NCAA All-North Region honors, the Elmira College Booster Club MVP and the school's Male Athlete of the Year accolades.
A 1994 graduate of Elmira College, McGrane received his bachelor's degree in psychology. He also earned his master's in recreation management from Western Kentucky in 1997.
McGrane and his wife, Patricia, reside in Niagara Falls with their 12-year old daughter, Ciara.