BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University director of athletics David Hicks has announced the hiring of Leah Presley as the women's soccer coach.
"I am very honored and excited to be the head women's soccer coach at King University," Presley said. "I am looking forward to coaching at a place that is so well supported by everyone on campus and also the surrounding community. For me, coaching soccer is an opportunity to make a positive impact and help others build success both on the field and off and King is a place that will make that happen!"
Presley comes to King from the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M. where she served as an assistant coach for the last three years. In that time, she helped guide the Mustangs to the conference tournament and coached three NAIA Scholar Athletes and two all-conference performers.
Her ties to the Southeast go back to her playing days at Lee University where she helped the Flames to three NAIA national championships. In her career, the goalkeeper posted 31 shutouts, including 11 in each of her freshman and senior seasons. Presley ended her career with a record of 63-5-2, including a 20-1-2 mark her senior season.
Presley ended her career with a goals against average of .383, only allowing 26 goals in 75 games. She garnered All-America honors following her freshman season and earned All-Region honors multiple times over her career.
Following her graduation in 2013, Presley was an assistant at Tennessee Temple University before becoming an assistant at University of the Southwest in 2014.
"When we started the search for a new head coach, the search committee identified several attributes of an ideal candidate," Hicks said. "Among those were a track-record for winning, knowledge of soccer in the southeast, and a strong Christian commitment with a desire to impact lives through soccer."
"Leah is from Chattanooga, played at Lee, won three national championships and possesses a strong faith with a desire to lead, mentor and develop young women through the sport of soccer. I couldn't be more excited about what she brings to our women's soccer program."
Matt Yelton, a 1996 King graduate and former head coach at King, won four NAIA national championships as the head coach at Lee and had this to say about Presely.
"Leah is an individual who I believe possesses all of the characteristics of a quality coach, but more importantly she is a person of character who will inspire her team on and off the field," said Yelton. "I fully expect Leah to make a life-long impact on her players and she is a great hire for King."