McCool takes over Linfield women's soccer
Linfield women’s soccer coach Dominic Doty, a McMinnville High graduate who transformed the Wildcats into a Northwest Conference contender in his five seasons atop the program, has accepted an assistant coaching position within the San Jose State women’s soccer program.
Linfield wasted little time finding Doty’s replacement, as Wildcats assistant coach Cole McCool was named head coach on Wednesday.
McCool, a Bend native and the older brother of Linfield rising sophomore forward Molly McCool, was hired by Doty as an assistant coach in 2010. Cole McCool played soccer at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas from 2003 to 2007 and also coaches a club soccer team in the Portland area.
“It was very fast-moving and awesome,” McCool told the News-Register Wednesday. “Being offered the job that quickly was a shock. I was taking it no matter what.”
Doty went 70-28-8 in five seasons with the Wildcats, making him the winningest coach in program history. He took a program that had never finished higher than third place in the NWC to three straight runner-up finishes in 2011-13. Linfield’s 16-2-2 season in 2012 stands as the best in school history.
“When Dominic came in, (the program) was in disarray,” Wildcats Athletic Director Scott Carnahan said. “He basically got some continuity in the program and developed a culture that was conducive to building a competitive program at the conference level. He brought them to compete on a national level. We think that will continue.”
Doty graduated from McMinnville High School in 2003 and played college soccer at Santa Clara University in California, where his career was cut short due to injuries. Doty took over the Wildcats for Yi Lin Liu partway through the 2008 season.
Doty is the son of Larry Doty, the winningest coach in Linfield men’s basketball history. Larry Doty retired last spring after compiling a 330-347 record over 26 seasons; Dominic Doty was an assistant coach under his father.
Doty was initially contacted by San Jose State head coach Lauren Hanson – herself a recent hire, having taken over the Spartans in December – two weeks ago. He had known Hanson, a former University of Portland women’s soccer player, from her stint as associate head coach at the University of Oregon from 2009 to 2011. Doty worked at Oregon soccer camps during that time.
“I communicated with her when I was there but I didn’t really know her that well, to be honest with you,” Doty told the News-Register. “Lauren and I just fit really well. It was really evident on my interview. She’s a great coach, great lady.”
Doty said he accepted the position on Jan. 27 and contacted Carnahan shortly after to inform him of his decision.
“I didn’t want to leave things up in the air, to leave the program where it was scrambling,” Doty said. “It was important I left the job the right way.”
The Linfield players, scattered due to the university’s January term, returned to campus for their first day of classes Monday. Doty called a team meeting to announce that he was leaving McMinnville for San Jose.
“That was a very emotional classroom,” McCool recalled.
McCool interviewed for the position with Carnahan on Tuesday and was offered the job shortly after the interview. He accepted immediately.
“I couldn’t be more happy about it,” Doty said. “I got goosebumps when he told me. Not only do I think it was the right move, but he’s a great coach. He’s the right man for the job.
“Leaving Linfield, the soccer program, all the players that I really care about deeply – you want to leave them in good hands and leave them with someone who’s going to take care of them. For me, that was Cole.”
“Obviously, Cole is on his own merits,” Carnahan said. “He’s been a part of the program, he knows the student-athletes here, he understands (NCAA) Division III, he has great ties recruiting-wise in the Portland metro area and the Pacific Northwest. The big factor was, our players really like him. That made it an easy decision.”
The Wildcats went 15-4-1 overall (11-4-1 NWC) en route to a second-place conference finish. Seven players earned all-conference honors, including rising senior forward Emily Fellows, who was named NWC Offensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season.