Gallimore Earns National Coach of the Year

Jan. 5, 2001

SEATTLE - Husky women's soccer head coach Lesle Gallimore last week earned 2000 National Coach of the Year honors from Soccer Buzz, in a poll of all 271 NCAA head coaches. In addition, Soccer Buzz named junior defender Andrea Morelli and sophomore goalkeeper Hope Solo to its second-team All-America squad, while seniors Tami Bennett and Theresa Wagner earned honorable mention.

Gallimore, who was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in November, led the Huskies to an 18-3 record and a Pac-10 Championship in 2000, capping the season with a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championships. In seven seasons at Washington, Gallimore has compiled a 80-54-5 (.594) record, leading the Huskies to five NCAA tournament berths.

First-team All-Pac-10 defender Morelli was 1999's Pac-10 Defender of the Year as a sophomore, and this year anchored a stingy Husky defense that blanked opponents nine times.

Solo, who finished the year with a 0.79 goals-against average, made five saves in Washington's 1-0 victory over eventual NCAA runner-up UCLA, helping the Huskies to their finest season ever. A three-time member of the U.S. National team, Solo will travel again with the United States next week for a pair of exhibition matches in China, Jan. 11th and 14th. In her last appearance with the National Team, Solo played the entire second half of the USA's 3-2 victory over Mexico on Dec. 10.

Wagner and Bennett also earned multiple honors, having been selected to participate in the 2001 Umbro Select All-Star Classic, Feb. 1-4 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The Classic will pit teams of all-star collegians against representatives from professional leagues and U.S. National teams.

Wagner, who was taken earlier this year in the inaugural WUSA draft by the Bay Area CyberRays, will join other already-drafted players in the featured game against current pros, while Bennett will play for the West team in a round-robin tournament against teams of collegians from the North and South regions.

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