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
After one season as an assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of South Alabama, Kerry Edwards has returned to the University of North Alabama women’s soccer staff as a graduate assistant coach.
The McKinney, Texas native will work with the UNA goalkeepers. Edwards spent the 2016 season at UNA where the goalkeepers posted a 1.28 goals against average that ranked sixth in the Gulf South Conference.
The year prior, Edwards started her coaching collegiate career at Southwest Oklahoma State. The Bulldogs posted 11 shutouts as a team and a 1.19 GAA, while going 13-6-1 overall and 8-3-1 in the Great American Conference, good for third in the league standings.