Southern Miss Head Women's Soccer Coach Mohammed El-Zare announced Monday afternoon the hiring of Megan Snelling as the new Assistant Coach for the Southern Miss women's soccer team.
Snelling comes to Southern Miss after two seasons at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Along with her two seasons with the Warhawks, Snelling holds six years of coaching and administrative experience at the Division I and II levels.
Prior to ULM, Snelling served as the women's soccer assistant coach at Converse College and was the head coach of the reserve squad. While at Converse, Snelling handled all administrative duties for two teams, which totaled 47 players including travel, equipment, social media, recruiting, and fundraising.
"We're very excited to have Megan join our program," El-Zare said. "Her core values and characteristics are in line with our University's mission statement and also align with the vision of our soccer program. Megan will help our program improve in the right direction and I'm excited to see where this program will go with her on the team. She's an upcoming coach with a bright future."
Before her time at Converse, Snelling coached at Barbe High School and Calcasieu soccer club in Lake Charles, La. While at Barbe, the Lady Bucs consistently ranked in the top 20. Snelling has also spent her summers coaching for Texas A&M, Rice and McNeese State collegiate summer camps.
Snelling has multiple coaching diplomas and certificates including, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma and an USSF National License. Among these accomplishments, Snelling was named to the 2017-18 United Soccer Coaches, 30 under 30 program, which includes 30 of the most promising soccer coaches in America from all levels of competition. This program recognizes up and coming coaches while enhancing their knowledge of soccer and developing coaching methods.
Snelling played for FIU her freshman year and helped the Panthers become the 2009 Sun Belt regular season champions. She then moved to McNeese State where was awarded All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention as a defender. Snelling record the most minutes for McNeese in 2012 where she primarily played as a defender and a back-up goalkeeper if needed.
During offseasons, Snelling played in the Women's Soccer Professional League for Houston South Select and served as the team captain for the U23 Louisiana State Team at the USASA National Championships.
Prior to her collegiate experience, Snelling played for Challenge Soccer Club in Houston, Texas and won multiple Texas State championships while also playing for the South Texas ODP team.
Snelling earned her Bachelor's degree in Health and Human Performance and then her Master's in Exercise Physiology, both with honors at McNeese. Snelling maintained a 4.0 GPA while earning a Masters and working as a graduate assistant for the Athletic Director and Faculty Athletic Rep. In undergrad, she was the President of SAAC and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Dylan Burnett joined the Southern Miss Women's Soccer coaching staff as a graduate assistant in July 2017 before being named an assistant coach in July 2018.
In his first season with Southern Miss, the Golden Eagles finished with an overall 6-9-3 record. Burnett's responsibilities included assisting and preparing pregame warmups, set up the field for practices and games, conducted individual one-on-one training, and helped the Golden Eagles earn a program-best three All-Conference selections including Ola Akinniyi who earned a First Team All-Conference award, the first once since 2007.
Off the field, Burnett helps recruiting by traveling to showcases and evaluates game footage through recruiting websites. Burnett has also been tasked to set up and arrange official visits for prospective Southern Miss student-athletes.
His first season also allowed him to maintain compliance regulations, manage travel arrangements, and arrange game day uniform distributions. While working closely with the other Athletic Departments, Burnett stayed in contact with the conference through the video sharing website.
Prior to Southern Miss, Burnett served as the Director of Coaching at the Arlington Futbol Club in Arlington, Tenn., for more than one year. During his time in Tennessee, the club was ranked at No. 7 in the state and the U-18 team was the 2017 CSA Adidas Blues City Blowout Champions. Burnett taught individual lessons including skills, games tactics and leadership strategies.
As the director, Burnett focused on creating a productive and positive environment for student-athletes while also scheduling game, practice and tournament schedules.
Burnett serves as the Boys and Girls Head Soccer Coach at Munford High School in Tennessee from 2015-17 prior to his AFC position. In those two years, his teams earned the NSCAA Team Academic award, which was one of 48 schools and one of three Tennessee schools to earn the award for both boys and girls. Burnett's coaching efforts were awarded when he coached the first player in district history to the Division 1 All-State team.
Not only did his players earn recognition in Max Preps TN Players of the Week and Memphis Area Division awards, but Burnett was also recognized as the District Coach of the year in both seasons.
His off field efforts also produced more than $10,000 in fundraising efforts and successfully negotiated the construction of a new soccer facility.
From 2013-2014, Burnett earned University experience as a volunteer student assistant strength and conditioning coach at Lincoln Memorial University and interned with the Mississippi State University football strength and conditioning team.
Burnett's athletic talents showed on the field as well when we played for the Mississippi State football team as a kicker in 2010. After a torn hip flexor, Burnett was sidelined but transferred to Lincoln Memorial to play soccer at the Division II level. While at LMU, the Railsplitters competed in the South Atlantic Conference playoffs, including the semifinals in 2011 and 2013. The squad made it to conference championship in 2012 and posted a top-6 regional ranking.
Burnett graduated in 2014 from LMU with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Kinesiology with minors in Health and Strength and Conditioning. Burnett also holds his Tennessee Practitioner Teaching license, a NSCAA National Diploma, USSF E License, NSCAA Level 1 Diploma, NSCAA Goalkeeping 2 diploma, and a NSCAA Futsal Level 1 diploma.