Cory Speed earned his first college head coaching position in August 2016 when he was named the Quakers’ 17th recorded head coach. He led the Quakers to a 7-9-3 record and a ninth place finish in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference last year. Freshman Ricky Aguilar earned Third Team All-ODAC recognition for Guilford.
A Texas native, Speed has coached at all three NCAA divisions and in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and high school ranks. In six seasons coaching college teams, his squads have compiled a 55-39-13 record with four winning campaigns. He starred as a three-year starting goaltender for NAIA-member Sterling College in Kansas, where he also began his coaching career. Speed earned honorable mention All-America and Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Goalie of the Year recognition as a senior in 2007.
Speed earned his degree in language and literature from Sterling in 2008 and started his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater that fall. He spent 2010 as head boys’ soccer coach at Hutto (Texas) High School before returning to the college ranks to assist Brian Young at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. The Hilltoppers posted a 12-3-3 record and were 24th in the final 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NCAA Division II Rankings. St. Edwards’ goalie John Kaschak was one of four St. Edward’s students named to the 2012 Daktronics First Team All-South Central Region Team. Kaschak also was named Heartland Conference Goaltender of the Year and ranked ninth in Division II with a 0.713 goals against average.
Speed headed east in 2013 to join Guilford’s league-rival, Roanoke College, on new coach Ryan Pflugrad’s staff. The Maroons went 24-10-4 in Speed’s two seasons, including 15-3-2 in 2014. Pflugrad won 2014 ODAC Coach of the Year laurels and forward Mark Dinkel was named the league’s top player and a second-team All-American. Roanoke had four all-region and 13 All-ODAC performers during Speed’s two years on staff.
Speed moved down the road in February 2015 to work with another former ODAC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year, Virginia Tech mentor Mike Brizendine. Speed coached goalies for the Division I Hokies and also had practice planning, recruiting and monitoring academic progress. Virginia Tech went 5-9-3 in Speed’s lone campaign on staff.
Speed has club-coaching experience with the Austin Texans, the Roanoke Star and New River United. He has earned his National Diploma and Level III Goalkeeping Diploma from the NSCAA.