2018 was Frankie Taal's 15th and final season with the North Carolina Wesleyan men's soccer program and his ninth as the squad's head coach. He will be heading to Bethany College in West VA to continue his coaching career in 2019.
He hails from Bethany College in West Virginia, where he spent over a decade around the men's and women's programs serving as the Men’s Assistant Coach for five seasons and as head women's soccer coach for a season. The Gambia, West Africa native graduated from Bethany in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.
Taal attended Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY where was twice team MVP and two time first team All-Conference and All-Region. A veteran of Bethany College soccer, Coach Taal was a two-time first team PAC All-Conference selection and was a key 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 205-86-25 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 2017, Taal enjoyed his best season at the helm of the program with a 15-6 overall record. The Bishops won their second consecutive regular season league title and first conference tournament title thereby securing a bid to the NCAA tournament. In 2018 the Bishops finished with a record of 9-7-1.
In addition to his coaching duties, Taal also served as the Department of Athletics' Game day Supervisor.