Kia McNeill has spent six years playing professional soccer around the world and coaching at the collegiate level here in Boston. She is currently in her second season as the assistant coach at Northeastern University after spending 5 years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Boston College. In her time at Boston College the Eagles appeared in the NCAA Tournament all four years during McNeill's playing career and qualified every year during her tenure on staff as well, making two Elite Eight runs (2009, 2013) and one Final Four (2010).
After graduating from Boston College in May 2008, McNeill immediately left for Kristianstad, Sweden to play in that country's top professional women's league, the Damallsvenskan. Upon her return to the U.S., she was drafted by St. Louis Athletica as the ninth overall pick in the Women's Professional Soccer League. Atlanta acquired her in a trade from St. Louis in 2010 in time to kick off the Beat's inaugural season during which she was co-captain. She continued her playing career in Philadelphia, spent a season playing for a Russian team competing in Champions League, before returning home to play for the Boston Breakers in 2013. She took the 2014 season off to complete her M.B.A. at Boston College with the hope to continue her passion for soccer beyond the playing field. McNeill was also a member of the U.S. Soccer U-23 National Team and played with the U-23 team in Spain in 2009.
McNeill holds an MBA and a BA in Human Development with a minor in Psychology from Boston College where she was on the Dean's List, a three-time All-ACC Academic team selection, a three-time recipient of the Athletic Director's Academic Achievement Award and Big East Rookie of the Year. While in college, she also worked as a research assistant, mentor, coach and evaluator and represented Boston College at the NCAA National Leadership Conference. She was inducted into the Connecticut Girls' Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January, 2010.