Havana McElvaine Named Marshall Scholar

University of Washington alumna Havana McElvaine, Class of 2017, has been selected as a Marshall scholar, one of the highest honors available to college graduates in the U.S. She plans to attend the London School of Economics and Oxford University. Read More

Lesle Gallimore

Head Coach


At Washington
Started in 1994 at UW, completed her 23rd season with the Huskies – the longest tenure of any coach in the Pac-12
Has a record of 263-203-48 at UW, 295-229-57 in her college coaching career
Won her 200th game with UW UNC Greensboro on August 25 in a game played in Hawaii.
Appeared in 14 NCAA tournaments, twice having advanced as far as the quarterfinals
Won a Pac-10 Championship in 2000
Coached Hope Solo and Tina Ellertson (Frimpong), both with ties to the U.S. WNT, as well as Kate Deines and Veronica Perez, with all four playing in the NWSL


Previous/Other Coaching Experience
Served as head coach of the West Team for the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival in both 1994 and 1995 and as the head coach of the Region IV Olympic Development Program
Began her coaching career at San Diego State where she compiled a 32-25-9 record in four years
Four-time All-American at California (1982-85)
Led the Golden Bears to the national playoffs three out of her four seasons
Named the schools 1976-86 Athlete of the Decade
Served as an assistant at California from 1986 through 1989






Amy Griffin

Associate Head Coach


At Washington
Entering her her 22nd season on the Washington womens soccer coaching staff in 2016
Hired as an assistant coach at UW on March 26, 1996
Promoted to associate head coach in August of 2005
Mentored Hope Solo, current U.S. WNT keeper, from 1999-2002
Won a Pac-10 title in 2000
Named the NSCAA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in 2014
Has mentored current goalkeeper, Megan Kufeld, who became the career shutouts leader at Washington in 2015


Previous/Other Coaching Experience
Recieved the Legends Award from Seattle Reign FC in 2016 for her contribution to womens soccer
Coach of the Deaf Womens National Soccer Team, which she led to the 2016 Deaf World Cup in Italy, defeating Russia 3-0. The team will also compete in the Womens Deaf Olympics in Turkey during the summer of 2017
In 2015, served as a member of the U23 US Soccer Womens National Team Coaching staff
Has spent the last nine years working with the Youth National Teams
Worked with both the U-20 and U-23 U.S. National teams, including the U-20 side that played in the 2014 U-20 Womens World Cup in Canada
An Assistant Coach in 2010 to the U.S. U-17 National team during the FIFA World Cup in New Zealand
Has been a member of U.S. Soccers Coaching Education staff since 1988
Served as the head coach at the University of New Mexico from 1992-94
Assistant under Husky head coach Lesle Gallimore at San Diego State 1990-91
First full-time assistant coach in the country at Santa Clara 1989-90






Nikki Washington

Assistant Coach


Nikki Washington comes to the Huskies from Texas Christian University (TCU) where she served as director of operations for womens soccer last season.


“We are thrilled to welcome Nikki Washington to Montlake and to our Husky family,” UW head coach Lesle Gallimore said. “(Associate head coach) Amy (Griffin) and I performed a thorough search for this position and Nikki earned this opportunity through her ability to impress our entire search committee throughout the process. During her storied collegiate, international and professional playing career she has made a name for herself as a person that others admire, trust, and enjoy being around. We are hiring a person early in her coaching career who exudes enthusiasm, models a high work ethic, and demonstrates a keen curiosity and willingness to learn every day.”


A Mesquite, Texas native, Washington was a three-time NCAA Champion during her playing career at North Carolina, where she earned a bachelors degree in Communications. She was named 2010 ACC Player of the Year and was a team captain and world champion with the U-20 U.S. Womens National Team. Washington played professionally for five years, winning an NWSL Championship in 2013 with the Portland Thorns.