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Assistant coach Mitch McKay is in his first season with Central Arkansas.

McKay joins the Bears after a successful year as an assistant at Texas A&M-International, where he helped lead the Dustdevils to the Heartland Conference Tournament Championship Match. He helped place a pair of players on the All-Heartland First Team, and saw striker Tayeb Ahmadi named to the NSCAA Division II All-South Central Region Team.

Before coaching at TAMIU, McKay spent three years at NAIA powerhouse LInsday Wilson College, where he helped lead the Blue Raiders to back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2013, as well as a Sweet 16 appearance in 2014. During his time in Columbia, Kentucky, LWU won a pair of MidSouth Conference Chamionships (2013, 2014) and a pair of MSC Tournament Championships (2012, 2014). During that span, the Blue Raiders went on a 33-match winning streak, the second-longest in NAIA history. McKay helped recruit and coach nine NAIA All-Americans and 26 All-MSC players, as well as a pair of players that were selected in the MLS Draft.

McKay has also spent time in Arkansas, coaching for two years, one as an assistant and one as a head coach, at Lyon College in Batesville. He guided the Scots to 9-8-2 record in 2011 and helped lead his team to consecutive TranSouth Conference Tournament appearances. 

The Owosso, Michigan native played collegiately at Southern Wesleyan University, where he started in net for the Warriors for four years and served as team captain for three. He earned All-Conference First Team, All-Region, and SWU Senior Male Athlete of the Year honors during his senior season