LUBBOCK, TX (April 8, 2022) – Lubbock Christian University Athletic Director Scott Larson announced the hiring of Collin Cone as head coach of the men’s soccer team.
Cone comes to the LCU after leading LeTourneau’s men’s soccer team for the past four seasons, where he posted consecutive winning streaks in 2021 and the 2020-21 season and led the team to improving every year he was the head coach. The YellowJackets’ 6-5 performance in the 2020-21 season was the program’s first with a winning record since 2010.
“We are extremely pleased to have hired Collin as our next men’s soccer coach,” Larson said, “and we believe he will do a great job in continuing to grow the LCU men’s soccer program.”
LeTourneau appeared in the American Southwest Conference tournament in his four seasons at the helm and led them to a 28-32-5 overall record. In just four seasons, Cone has earned 25 players All-ASC honors. Last fall, he was named to the United Soccer Coaches “30 Under 30” program, a group made up of the top 30 soccer coaches under 30 in the United States.
“I would like to thank LCU President Dr. Scott McDowell and Athletic Director Scott Larson for giving me the opportunity to lead the men’s soccer program at LCU,” said Cone. “I look forward to building on the success and culture that Paul Gilbert has created for the soccer program. LCU has a great football history and a great tradition that I look forward to being a part of.”
Prior to his time at LeTourneau, Cone spent three years at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. He played a key role in the Lancers’ recruiting efforts while working with goaltenders. In his final season at Grace, the Lancers won the Crossroads League championship for the first time in 25 years and qualified for the NAIA National Championship for the first time in 35 seasons. Cone’s time at Grace as a coach was marked by two NCCAA National Tournament appearances and two regional tournament titles.
Grace is the alma mater of Cone, who served as the Lancers’ goalie for three years when he was a student-athlete. Cone’s time as a student-athlete at Grace College included two consecutive trips to the National Christian College Athletic Association’s national tournament, which marked the first time Grace College had made back-to-back appearances since the 1982-83 seasons. Cone went 23-16-7 in net for the Lancers, making 203 saves and posting 15 shutouts. He was named to the All-Conference Team as a senior and during his junior year was honored nationally as the one-time NAIA Defensive Player of the Week.
Cone holds a master’s degree in physical education with a major in coaching from Ball State University. He also holds a Coaching License D from the United States Soccer Federation, as well as Premier Diploma (Distinguished Pass), Advanced National Diploma, Director of Coaching Diploma, Goalie Diploma 1 , 2 and 3, the Coaching Foundations Diploma and Level 1 Futsal Diploma from United Soccer Coaches, formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
He was born and raised in Central Africa to missionary parents who served overseas. He attended Rainforest International School in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where he graduated in 2009.
“I really look forward to working at a university that puts Christ first, values discipleship and wants to see young men’s lives changed through football,” Cone noted. “My wife, Anna, and I are thrilled to be part of the Chaparral family. We also look forward to contributing to the Lubbock community for years to come.”