|Previous College:||Maryland, '95|
Leslie Wray was named UMBC's head women's soccer coach in early January of 2012 by Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown.
Wray, the eighth coach in program history, helped the Retrievers’ program celebrate its 25th season in her first year at the helm, completing the year with a program record five ties and leading UMBC to its first win in over a season.
In her second season with the black and gold, Wray will return 14 letterwinners and nine starters, including the America East Conference leader in saves (105) in all-conference second team selection Lauren Kadet and an America East All-Rookie back in Amira Walcott.
Wray served as the head coach at Towson University from 1999-2006 and recorded the most victories of any coach in that program’s history. She resigned from her position after the 2006 season in order to stay at home with her young children.
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, Melena, and in 2007, Ashton, joined the family.
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 2003 and 2004, respectively.