Women's Soccer Coach Leaves For ASU
TEMPE, Az. — Clemson University women's soccer coach Ray Leone has accepted
the same position at Arizona State University, the ASU athletic website
Leone, who was named the ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Lady Tigers
to a 19-3-1 record, a No. 5 national ranking and a berth in the NCAA Elite 8
last fall, replaces Terri Patraw. Patraw, the only coach in ASU's five-year
existence, resigned in early December.
"First I would like to thank Clemson for the opportunity to coach such a fine
program," Leone said on the ASU website. "I'm sad about leaving, but I'm also
proud that I'm leaving the program in a very strong condition. However, I
look forward to a new challenge that Arizona State is ready to make. My goals
are to challenge for a Pac-10 championship and a national title. I don't know
how long it's going to take, but I would not have taken the ASU job if I did
not think that was a possibility. I know that's possible at Arizona State."
Leone was named Clemson's co-head coach with wife Tracey prior to the 1999
season. Tracey Leone, the team's head coach since the program's inception in
1994, currently is on a leave of absence from Clemson to work with the
Under-16 U.S. National team.
Calls to the Leone household early Sunday afternoon were not returned.