Arizona State Soccer Adds Tracey Leone to Coaching Staff

Aug. 8, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - Ray Leone, the head coach of the Arizona State University soccer program, completed his staff for the 2005 season Monday as he hired Tracey Leone to serve as an assistant with the Sun Devils. The husband and wife tandem will begin their third coaching stint together at the end of the month when ASU travels to No. 3 Santa Clara on August 26.

'We are thrilled Tracey is joining the Sun Devil staff,' Ray Leone said. 'Obviously, Tracey's experience speaks for itself and our program will benefit greatly from this now and in the future. We have worked together as each other's assistant many times and it has seemed to work well for us. Our team is also excited and looking forward to working with Tracey.'

Although it has been five years since Leone last walked the sidelines as a collegiate coach, she has not taken time off from the sport. A 14-year veteran of the coaching ranks, Leone recently completed a successful tenure with the United States national program as she guided the Under-19 squad from 2000-03 before serving as an assistant on the US Olympic Team that secured gold at the 2004 Athens Games.

Among her many accomplishments with the Americans, Leone has one that no other has held: she is the lone American to have won a World Championship as both a player and coach. As a player, Leone and her teammates captured the 1991 World Championship before her U-19 squad won gold in 2003.

Prior to her stint with the US National Team, Leone spent six years on the sidelines at Clemson, serving as the program's head coach from 1994-97 and then as co-head coach with her husband in 1998 and 1999. Leone brought the Tigers to the Division I level in 1994 and guided them on a historic run that included an appearance in the NCAA tournament, marking the first time a program had advanced to the national event in its first varsity season as a NCAA Division I competitor. For her efforts, she was selected as the 1994 South Region Coach of the Year. In all, Leone's Tigers strung together a streak of 57 consecutive weeks in the national rankings while appearing in the NCAA tournament six times. In the national event, the Tigers would advance to the Sweet 16 in 1998 and twice advanced to the Elite 8 (1997, 1999).

Before starting the highly successful Clemson program, Leone spent seven years (1993-00) as a member of the Olympic Development Program where she was selected as the Nebraska Director of Coaching and was a member of the Midwest and South Region Olympic Development staffs. Her duties also saw her serve as an assistant coach with the Under-21 National Team as the head coach of the Under-17 South Region team.

Her first collegiate coaching job came in 1991 as she accepted a position on the Creighton staff that was headed by her husband. From 1991-92, Leone served as an assistant coach on the Bluejay staff.

Prior to her days as a coach, Leone was a talented player and member of the US Women's National Team (1987-91). Leone capped her international career in 1991 by helping the American side claim gold at the World Championships. Before representing the United States, Leone first was an All-American at the University of North Carolina and a member of three NCAA championship teams. She also was selected as one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's (ACC) All-Time Top 50 players in women's soccer history.

A 1989 graduate from UNC with a B.A. in Education and a North Carolina Teaching certificate for grades K-6, Leone currently holds a career head coaching record of 89-39-4 (.690).

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