Maren Hendershot McCrary Athlete Profile

#20 Maren Hendershot McCrary

Maren Hendershot McCrary
Positions: Midfielder, Forward Height: 5-8 Roster Years: 1996-1999 Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO Hall of Fame: 2010 Last School: Doherty High School

  • 2010 Women's Soccer


  • 1998 NSCAA Third Team
  • 1998 Soccer Buzz Third Team
  • 1999 NSCAA/Adidas First Team
  • 1999 Soccer Buzz Honorable Mention

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee

Three-time All-American women's soccer player Maren Hendershot McCrary took BYU's motto of "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve" to heart after graduating from the university with a degree in Communications and a minor in PE/Coaching in 2000.

McCrary is now the girls' varsity head coach at Bellevue West High School in Nebraska and a youth girls' coach for the Phoenix Soccer Club, enjoying many opportunities to influence young soccer players.

While at BYU from 1996 to 2000, McCrary (then Hendershot) played in a total of 95 games taking 277 shots and netting 52 goals. Her 52 career goals is still the second highest in BYU Soccer history.

BYU was still part of the Western Athletic Conference during McCrary's freshman, sophomore, and junior years, with BYU's soccer program at the forefront. In those three final years with the WAC, the Cougars consistently won 19 games or more each season, including a win streak of 14 matches her freshman year that is still the longest in BYU history.

McCrary was named All-WAC First Team three years in a row and again in 1999, with the birth of Mountain West Conference, she was named to the MWC First Team. After scoring 14 goals her senior season, McCrary was also named an NSCAA All-American and invited to play in the Adidas summer league.

As a major asset to BYU's dominant transition to the MWC, McCrary won consecutive All-Tournament MVP honors in her junior and senior seasons and was named the MWC Player of the Year after the first year of play in the new conference.

Following her graduation from BYU, McCrary played in the Division I East/West Senior All-Star Game and was drafted by the Carolina Courage to play in the 2001 inaugural season of the Women's United Soccer Association, which has since evolved into the Women's Professional League in operation today.

McCrary continues her service to her community by hosting free soccer clinics, participating in D.A.R.E. and children's literacy programs, playing in the Mia Hamm Cancer Fundraiser charity game, and directing dozens of youth soccer camps in different states.

Maren and her husband, Josha (U.S. Air Force pilot stationed at Offutt AFB), live in Bellevue, Nebraska, with their two children—Cumorah Cathryn (3) and Jordan Calai (1).


  • B.A. in communications from BYU, 2000
  • Married to Josha and has two children

Career Highlights


  • Third Team All-America1998
  • First Team All-America 1999
  • NSCAA/Umbro All-America West Region Second Team1997
  • NSCAA/Adidas All-America West Region Second Team 1999
  • All-West Region First Team 1998
  • Honorable Mention All-America 1999
  • All-West Region Third Team 1996
  • All-West Freshman Team 1996
  • All-West Region Second Team 1997, 1998
  • All-West Region 1999
  • WAC Pacific Division First Team 1996
  • WAC Pacific Division First Team 1997
  • Four-time All-Tournament Team 1996-1999 (1 MWC, 3 WAC)
  • Two-time All-Tournament MVP 1999, 1998 (1 MWC, 1 WAC)
  • MWC Player of the Year 1999
  • Cougar Club Crowd Pleaser Award 1998
  • Played in a total of 95 games, scored 51 goals, recorded 138 assists
  • Ranked 5th in NSCAA West Region in Assists 1996
  • Ranked 9th in NSCAA West Region in Scoring 1996
  • Umbro Select College All-Star West Squad 1999
  •  Adidas Summer League 1999
  • Women’s League Player of the Week 1999



  • Cougar Club Scholar Athlete 1998
  • Academic All-WAC 1998
  • NSCAA Academic All-Region 1998
  • Academic All-MWC 1999

Before BYU

  • All-State 1994-1996
  • Rocky Mountain News All-State 1994
  • All-Area Team 1993-1996
  • High School Offensive MVP 1993-1996
  • State scoring leader in 1995
  • Doherty High School team captain 1995-1996
  • State Olympic Development Program 1992-1995
  • Arapahoe Invitational Tournament Team 1993
  • Club State Champions 1991-1995
  • Played for the Club team, Cheery Creek Lightning

After BYU

  • Hosts free soccer clinics, participate in D.A.R.E and children’s literacy programs
  • Participated in the Mia Hamm Cancer Fundraiser charity game
  • Currently serving as the girls’ varsity head coach at Bellevue West High School in Nebraska
  • Also serves as a youth girls’ coach for the Phoenix Soccer Club

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Played in the Division I East/West Senior All-Star Game
  • Drafted by the Carolina Courage to play in the 2001 inaugural season of the Women’s United Soccer Association
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame 2010



Year Games Played Shots Goals Assists Points
1996 23 76 12 11 35
1997 23 36 6 11 23
1998 25 85 19 6 44
1999 24 80 14 8 36
Career 95 277 51 36 138

1996 | Freshman Year

  • WAC First Team Pacific Division
  • WAC All-Tournament Team
  • Ranked fifth in NSCAA West Region in assists with 11
  • Ranked ninth in NSCAA West Region in scoring
  • Named to Soccer Buzz’s All-West Third Team and to the All-Freshman West Team

1997 | Sophomore Year

  • Named to the NSCAA/Umbro West Region Second Team All-America
  • Named to Soccer Buzz’s All-West Second Team
  • Received two conference honors being named to the WAC’s Pacific Division First Team
  • WAC All-Tournament Team
  • Fourth-leading scorer with six goals and 11 assists for 23 points
  • Started in all 23 games
  • Finished regular season in third place in the WAC in assists with 11

1998 | Junior Year

  • Named to the WAC First Team
  • WAC All-Tournament Team
  • All-WAC Tournament MVP
  • NSCA All-America Third Team
  • NCSAA All-West Region First team
  • Soccer Buzz’s All-West Second Team
  • Named to the Academic All-WAC and NSCAA Academic All-Region
  • Second-leading scorer on the team with 27 goals and nine assists for 57 points
  • Captured first hat trick of the season with three goals in the game against New Mexico on 9/18
  • Scored in five consecutive games twice during the season, totaling 13 goals in those ten games
  • Scored both goals in the 2-0 victory against Utah
  • Scored game-winning goal against Tulsa
  • Scored in a total of 15 different games
  • Cougar Club Scholar-Athlete
  • Received Cougar Club’s Crowd Pleaser award in annual banquet

1999 | Senior Year

  • Named to MWC First Team
  • MWC Tournament Team
  • MWC Tournament MVP
  • MWC Player of the Year
  • Academic All-MWC
  • NSCAA All-America First Team
  • Soccer Buzz West Region All-America Honorable Mention
  • NSCAA/Adidas All-America Committee West Region Second Team
  • UMBRO Select College All-State West Squad
  • Second on the team with 14 goals and 36 points
  • Adidas Summer League
  • Women’s League Player of the Week after scoring four goals against Toronto