Hennessey and his Lady Flames were GSC Regular Season co-champions in 2016 with a record of 14-3-2 overall and 11-1 in the league. For the second consecutive year his club qualified for the NCAA National Tournament. The Lady Flames had two All-Americans in Kinsey Cichowitz (NSCAA, CCA, Scholar) and Summer Lanter (Scholar). Lanter was also named the GSC Player of the Year and she and Cichowitz were named first team all-conference while McKenzie Bricker, Lauren Peters, Haley Gribler and Meagan Newman took home second team honors.
In his first year as head coach in 2015 Hennessey wasted little time making his impact on the program. The Lady Flames finished second in the GSC with a 11-5-4 record and qualified for the NCAA National Tournament. Hennessey was named the GSC Coach of the Year and four players (Laura Thacker, Lanter, Newman and Cichowitz) were named first team all-conference.
After a successful college playing career and receiving his degree in business, Hennessey spent three years, prior to coming to Lee, working as an instructor at All-Pro Soccer and serving as the Director of Coaching for Central Maine United (a youth soccer program.)
Hennessey, a native of Manchester, England, said it was Chris Walker who encouraged him to come to America and play with the Flames. “I had grown up playing with the Manchester City club, an elite-level soccer program, and when that didn’t work out,” he noted, “I turned my attention to college and met my wife here at Lee.”
Hennessey and his wife Jenae reside in Cleveland with their daughter, Emory Blake and son, Brewer.
Luidgi Beauzile enters his fourth season as an assistant with the Lee women’s soccer program. Beauzile played for the Flames during college and works primarily with the goalkeepers while assisting Head Coach Chris Hennessey.
Coach Hennessey: “We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Luidgi’s ability on our coaching staff. He was an extremely good goalkeeper in his playing days for Lee, but in my opinion he is an even better coach. Luidgi will take the responsibility of training our goalkeepers on a daily basis, but he will also be instrumental in our tactical approach to games along with film breakdown this year. I have been very impressed with Luidgi’s understanding of the game and he brings a fantastic dimension to our coaching staff.”
Graduate Assistant Coach
Sami Rutowski is beginning her first year as a graduate assistant for the Lee University Women’s Soccer Team.
In her senior campaign, Rutowski was part of the most successful Division I season for the Norse where they won the Horizon League Championship, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament. Sami spent time as a central midfielder as well as a center back. She also earned a spot on the Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team and Horizon League All-Academic Team holding a 3.98 GPA.
“Sami is going to be a superb addition to the coaching staff. She comes with a great reputation and lots of energy,” said head coach Chris Hennessey. “Sami has already demonstrated in a short amount of time that she is a hard worker and very organized. Sami will aid us in coaching the team and handle a lot of the behind the scenes logistics for us. She played at a high level and captained her team so she will be able to offer a lot of guidance and experience to the team. I am very happy to have her onboard with us for the next couple of years.”
The Mason, Ohio native earned her undergraduate degree in Human Services and Addictions. Sami will be working towards a Master’s in School Counseling during her time at Lee.