BALTIMORE – UMBC Women's Soccer Head Coach Leslie Wray received a contract extension which will keep her at the helm of the Retrievers through the 2018 season, as announced by Director of Athletics Tim Hall on Thursday, Feb. 27.
"We are proud to call Leslie Wray a key member of our UMBC family," Tim Hall said. "The job she has done, in her short time here, is proof that she is a great coach and that the best days of UMBC women's soccer lie ahead."
"I am honored and thankful that Director of Athletics Tim Hall is giving me the opportunity to continue to contribute in the changing of the culture of the UMBC women's soccer program," Wray said. "My staff, players and I are eager to try and continue to build upon the tremendous success that we enjoyed this season and make it a constant for this program for years to come."
In just her second season with the program, Wray guided the Retrievers to an historic 2013 campaign, which saw a Cinderella turnaround for the black and gold. With 14 wins in its prior six seasons, UMBC registered the second-biggest turnaround in Division I women's soccer in 2013 and the largest in America East history. Two years removed from a winless 2011 season, Wray helped the Retrievers to post a program-record 13 wins, a share of its first-ever regular-season title, league tournament crown and NCAA Tournament appearance. UMBC put up a fight, battling College Cup semifinalist Virginia Tech in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season ranked in the top-10 of the NSCAA Northeast Region Poll.
The Retrievers became the first team to complete the worst-to-first turnaround during America East action, moving from a 0-5-3 conference record in 2012 to a 6-2-0 mark in 2013. Wray and her staff were honored by being named the America East Coaching Staff of the Year, the second staff in program history to receive the honor. Red-shirt junior Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) became the first UMBC women's soccer player to take home a major award from the America East, by being recognized as Co-Midfielder of the Year. The Retrievers would also have four players named to the All-Tournament team, with Brown receiving the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. Brown would also garner Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star Second Team honors and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region Third Team recognition.
In addition to five players receiving All-Conference recognition, Brown and sophomore back Nikki Boretti (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) proved that Wray's Retrievers can get things done in the classroom as well as the field. The duo became the third and fourth members of the program to earn spots on the league's All-Academic Team. Brown was also named to the NSCAA University Division Women's Scholar All-East Region Second Team.