Leslie Wray continues her revitalization of the UMBC women's soccer program after guiding the Retrievers to a pair of America East Tournament appearances in back-to-back-to-back seasons. Wray looks to continue the program's recent success in her fifth year at the helm, but will have to do so following the departure of a very influential 2015 senior class.
Wray was named the eighth head coach in the program's history in January of 2012 and helped the Retrievers' program celebrate its 25th season in her first year at the controls, completing the campaign with a program record five ties and leading UMBC to its first win in over a season.
In just her second season with the program, Wray guided the Retrievers to a Cinderella run. With a combined 14 wins in its prior six seasons, UMBC registered the third-biggest turnaround in Division I women's soccer in 2013 and the largest turnaround 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, a league crown and an 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 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Northeast Region Poll.
Steve Campbell enters his fifth season on the UMBC coaching staff, after joining head coach Leslie Wray and the Retrievers in January of 2012. The coaching duo has helped the team to combine for a 30-21-8 record over the last three seasons, including a pair of top-two finishes in the America East standings and back-to-back-to-back appearances in the America East tournament.
Campbell was a member of the 2013 America East Coaching Staff of the Year that helped to guide the Retrievers to an unforgettable season. The Retrievers, who posted the third-biggest turnaround among Division I women's soccer programs that season, broke their way into the record books with a program-best 13 wins and posted the biggest turnaround in America East history en route to their first-ever regular-season title. UMBC continued its success into the postseason, earning its first-ever conference tournament crown and a berth to the program's first NCAA Tournament.
The 2014 squad continued to make its mark on the program's record book, registering the lowest number of losses in its history, in addition to its defense allowing the lowest number of goals (12) in the program's 27 years. The 2014 Retrievers received national recognition for their efforts both on the field and in the classroom, ranking as high as No. 6 in the Northeast Region by the NSCAA, as well as receiving the NSCAA Team Academic Award for a combined 3.0 GPA or higher.
David Stockum enters his second season on the UMBC women's soccer coaching staff after joining the program in July of 2015. Stockum will work primarily with the team's goalkeepers.
Stockum was a four-year letterwinner and goalkeeper with the University of Louisville men's soccer team. The Cardinals earned a pair of BIG EAST regular-season championships during Stockum's tenure. During his senior campaign, UofL was ranked the top team in nation and made a run through the NCAA Tournament before falling in the national championship game to Akron. Stockum graduated with a degree in sports administration from Louisville in 2011.
After taking a brief hiatus from the sports industry following his playing career, Stockum signed on as the Director of Goalkeeping and the Director of Tournaments for the Ohio Elite Soccer Academy in 2013. The Fairfield, Ohio, native designed and administered club-wide training programs for goalkeepers, including physical and psychological training methods in order to maximize performance, while also managing day-to-day procedures for pre and post tournaments for college, high school and youth teams. Stockum furthered his tutelage experience by serving as an assistant coach for the Cincinnati State Community College men's soccer team in 2014.