Lions Ranked 18th in Final NSCAA Poll
The University of North Alabama is ranked 18th in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of American NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Poll of 2015. Read More
In his first four seasons as head womens soccer coach at the University of North Alabama, Chris Walker has the Lions to a solid 45-23-5 record that includes reaching the championship match of the 2014 Gulf South Conference Tournament, winning the regular-season and post-season GSC titles in 2015 and advancing to the NCAA Division II South Regional in 2014 and 2015.
Walkers first squad in 2013 went 8-8-2 before the 2014 Lions posted a 14-4-1 mark. That team included the Division II National Player of the Year in junior Chloe Richards, who led Division II in four categories, including most goals and most points.
For his part, Walker was voted the 2014 Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year by the other league coaches.
Former University of North Alabama womens soccer standout Hollie Loud returned to her alma mater in May of 2016 to serve on Chris Walkers staff as assistant coach for the Lions and is entering her second season on the UNA coaching staff.
Loud, who started 86 consecitive games for the Lions from 2008-11 and was a two-time All-Gulf South Conference honoree, returned to UNA after four seasons as assistant coach at the University of West Alabama.
A starter on UNAs first Gulf South Conference championship womens soccer team in 2011, Loud was a team captain four straight years and helped lead the Lions to three consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Erin Barcal, a 2016 graduate of Lees-McRae College, is in her first season as a graduate assistant coach with the UNA womens soccer program.
A four-year letterman and two-time team captain on the Lees-McRae womens soccer team, Barcal earned Conference Carolinas Academic All-Conference honors and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration degree.
She has already gained coaching experience, serving as a volunteer assistant with the Lees-McRae soccer team, a student assistant with the Lees-McRae softball team and as head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at Watauga High School. She has also served as an individual session coach and trainer.