BALTIMORE- Leslie Wray has been named head women's soccer coach at UMBC, Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown announced today.
The Catonsville, Md. resident was selected from a field of over 180 applicants. She becomes the eighth coach in program history, which will celebrate its 25th season in 2012.
Wray served as the head coach at Towson University from 1999-2006 and recorded the most victories of any coach in that program's women's soccer history. She resigned from her position after the 2006 season in order to stay at home with her young children.
"I would like to thank Dr. Brown and the entire UMBC athletic department for giving me this opportunity," Wray said. "After being out of the college game for a few years, I am grateful to have a chance to come back and be a part of this program."
In her second season at Towson, the 2000 Tigers tied a school record with 10 victories and reached the America East semifinals. Half of TU's losses came at the hands of teams that went to the NCAA Tournament, including 1-0 setbacks to No. 8 Hartford and No. 9 Maryland.
In 2005, her tenacious defense produced six shutouts and allowed only 21 goals in 18 games as Towson went 8-7-3 as members of the Colonial Athletic Association.
The former Leslie Kerhin was a first team all-state selection at Parkville High School and earned junior college All-America status at Essex Community College in 1992. She then started for three seasons at Maryland and finished her Terrapin career with six goals and 15 assists.
After graduation, Wray spent two years as an assistant coach at Towson (1996-97) and two seasons in the same capacity at the University of Missouri (1997-99). She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology at Maryland and her master's in education at Missouri.
In 2000, she married Sean Wray, also a 1995 Maryland graduate and soccer standout for the Terrapins. In July of 2006,
The couple welcomed a son, Roman, and a daughter, Malena, and in 2007, Ashton, joined the family.
"This was one of the most extensive searches that we have done and I am very pleased that Coach Wray accepted the position as our head women's soccer coach," Dr. Brown said. "She brings to us a balance of expertise in the sport, maturity and experience. Her local ties with the soccer community, as well as our ability to recruit nationally, will help her build a program that will be competitive in both the America East Conference and within our region. We wish her the best."
Wray played for the USWISL Maryland Pride team for three years and was a member of its national championship team. She served as a co-head coach for the Maryland Olympic Program from 2000-04 and guided the U-16 and U-17 squads to regional titles in 2004 and 2004 respectively.
"There is so much potential at UMBC," Wray said. "With the facilities and resources that we have, I am looking forward to building on what we have and am looking forward to having many great years."