Frankie Taal enters his 15th season with the North Carolina Wesleyan men's soccer program and eighth as the squad's head coach. He hails from Bethany College in West Virginia, where he served two seasons as head women's soccer coach. The Gambia, West Africa native graduated from Bethany in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.
A veteran of Bethany College soccer, Coach Taal spent over a decade around the men's and women's programs. As a collegiate player, he was a two-time PAC All-Conference selection and was a member of the Bison's 1994 Division III National Championship team. Following the completion of his career, he moved to the sidelines as an assistant for the men's team. During that time, Bethany won five PAC titles and earned five berths into the NCAA tournament.
Taal's Wesleyan tenure as both an assistant and a head coach has seen the Bishops turn in a 185-79-25 overall record, including five regular season USA South Championships, three USA South Tournament Championships, five NCAA Tournament berths, and two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.
The 2011 season, his first as head coach, saw NCWC go 7-5-7 overall and earn runner-up finishes in the USA South Regular Season and Tournament Championships. Taal helped coach nine players to All-Conference accolades that season, while six Bishops garnered Academic All-Conference recognition. In 2014, the veteran coach guided the Bishops to a 13-6-1 overall record and the second USA South Tournament semifinal appearance of his tenure.
Most recently in 2016 and 2017, Taal enjoyed his best two seasons at the helm of the program with back-to-back league titles. The 2016 season featured a 14-6 overall record and his first conference championship, while individually, he coached freshman Baboucarr Njie to Rookie of the Year accolades as one of eight Bishops to garner All-Conference honors. He also had two players, A.J. Wadda and Drew Wiltse, earn All-Region recognition. In 2017, Taal secured his season USA South crown and first tournament title, taking the Bishops the NCAA tournament for the first time in nearly a decade and finishing 15-6 overall.
In addition to his coaching duties, Taal also serves as the Department of Athletics' Gameday Supervisor. He currently resides in Rocky Mount.