Harvard University assistant coach Tracy Leone has been selected to replace Phil Stephenson as the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Girls Region III Head Coach. Stephenson is stepping down after three years at the position.
US Youth Soccer Region III director Mike McDaniel was appreciative of Stephenson's service while heading the girl's side and is excited to have Leone stepping in. Leone will transition into the position before the US Youth Soccer ODP Interregional event in Boca Raton, Fla. this Thanksgiving.
With over 17 years of coaching experience at both international and collegiate levels, Leone's impressive credentials on the bench make her one of the top mentors in the game.
Leone is a product of US Youth Soccer ODP Region III where she went on to lead the University of North Carolina women's team to three NCAA titles accumulating All-American honors and being named to the Atlantic Coast Conference's All-Time Top-50 women's soccer players. Leone also spent four years with the U.S. national team where she helped win the 1991 World Championship.
Leone has collected numerous accolades coaching at Creighton University, Clemson University, Arizona State University, and now serving as the assistant at Harvard. She has also been heavily involved in the US Youth Soccer ODP as the director of coaching in Nebraska, as well as spending time with other regional ODP staffs. Leone has spent several seasons as a member of the US Women's National Team staff, and became the only American to win a World Championship as a player and as a coach when she led the U.S. Under-19 team to the World Championship, and was also an assistant to the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team in 1994 in Athens, Greece.
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