Pictured: Tracey Leone
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Former Harvard assistant coach Tracey Leone has been named the head women's soccer coach at Northeastern, it was announced Tuesday.
Leone spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard, working with her husband and Crimson head coach, Ray Leone. During her stint with the Crimson, Leone helped Harvard win two Ivy League championships in 2008 and 2009, reaching the NCAA tournament in both seasons. While Leone was in Cambridge, Harvard posted a 29-16-7 overall record.
A three-time NCAA champion during her playing career at North Carolina, Leone has spent 13 seasons coaching with her husband at multiple institutions. She was an assistant coach for Ray at Arizona State from 2005-06 and at Creighton from 1991-92. Leone left Creighton in 1993 to start Clemson’s women’s soccer program as head coach, and Ray joined her as assistant coach a year later.
Leone went on to lead Clemson to six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the quarterfinals in 1997 and 1999. In total, she was 89-39-4 at Clemson, including four NCAA Tournament victories.
Between collegiate coaching positions, Leone brought her expertise to the international level, serving as the head coach for the United States Soccer Federation Under-19 women’s national team from 2000-03. In that capacity, she won a world championship in 2002, and then served as an assistant coach to the U.S. women’s soccer national team during the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning a gold medal.
A four-year letterwinner as a midfielder at North Carolina, Leone helped lead the Tar Heels to national championships in 1986, ‘87 and ‘89 with a runner-up finish in 1985. She was also a three-time NSCAA All-America honoree.