Soccer Coach Chris LeGates Named Coach of the Year
For the fifth time, USJ Blue Jays soccer coach Chris LeGates has been selected Coach of the Year by the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). It is the first time in GNAC history that a women’s soccer coach has been named Coach of the Year five times. Coach LeGates previously was honored as Coach of the Year in 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2010.
In his 17th season at the helm of the USJ’s soccer team, LeGates led the Blue Jays to
a history-making season in which they won a school-record 16 games (16-3-2), were regular-season GNAC champions, and hosted and played in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Tournament championship game.
Under LeGates leadership, seven Blue Jays players were named 2012 All-GNAC, including Sara Barnick, who was GNAC Rookie of the Year, and goalkeeper Melissa Dodge, who was GNAC Defensive Player of the Year. Dodge, Patricia Nolan and Kristin Whitman were named First Team; Barnick, Katie Mirabella and Nicole Mendelson were Second Team; and Lindsey Cifaldi was Third Team.
LeGates has led the Blue Jays to an overall record of 148-112-21 during his tenure including a then-school-record 14 wins in 2008 and again in 2010. LeGates is also the winningest women's soccer coach in GNAC history.
Under Coach LeGates, Saint Joseph has seen unprecedented success in recent years, going 96-40-20 over the past eight seasons. In all, 47 Blue Jays have earned All-Conference accolades under LeGates.
Equally important, Coach LeGates has led teams successful in the classroom. University of Saint Joseph student athletes have a 3.2 GPA. LeGates has said, “I know I speak for all the other coaches when I say that our number one priority is on the students' total well being. We understand the demands of college life and we do everything we can to ensure our students succeed on the field, in the classroom and in life."
Coach LeGates is currently the U-17 premier coach for the AcademicaFutbol Club as well as the technical director for the program. He is a managing partner and director of the Collegiate Soccer System which operates camps, clinics and training of soccer players throughout New England. Coach LeGates has been involved in the Connecticut Olympic Development Program and he has established himself as lecturer and clinician in the region.
Prior to his coaching career, LeGates graduated from Division I University of Hartford, where his team won the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship and went to the Final 16 in the NCAA National Tournament in 1991. He holds an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). LeGates resides in Springfield, Mass. with his wife Jill and their son Jack.