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Centre College

Centre College Athletics
600 West Walnut Street Danville, KY 40422
Division 3 Kentucky Midwest
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Jay Hoffman

Centre alumnus Jay Hoffman (219-67-23) has been the head coach of Colonels women's soccer since the 2004 season. A 1996 graduate of Centre College, Hoffman has led the program to conference, regional and national success.


Highlights of Hoffman’s tenure include eight consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2011-present), seven straight Southern Athletic Association titles (2012-present) and a 2015 NCAA Final Four run.


Most recently, the Colonels finished the season 21-1 overall and a pristine 7-0 in-conference, marking the program’s sixth SAA regular season title since the league began in 2012. They finished 16-0 across the whole regular season, marking the first undefeated and untied campaign ever.


Centre captured its seventh SAA Tournament crown, as well, remaining the only team to ever claim the SAA Tournament Championship. All told, Centre has 13 of 14 SAA titles between the regular season and tournament.


Hoffman mentored a host of highly-touted individuals in 2018, including three All-Americans in Jessie Turner, Averi Faulk and Alana Hughes. He was named SAA Coach of the Year for his efforts, while Turner (Defensive POY), Hughes (Offensive POY) and Cameron Zak (Newcomer) each garnered major conference honors.


Undoubtedly the best season in program history came in 2015, when the Colonels advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the first time ever while winning a record 21 matches. That remarkable season came on the heels of a NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2014.


A big player during those runs for Hoffman was Destinie Graves, the program’s first-ever two-time First Team All-American (2015 & 2016). Graves, a two-time SAA Offensive Player of the Year, set the single-season goals record with 27 in 2015.


Hoffman himself has garnered several accolades, including conference and regional Coach of the Year honors.


Coach Hoffman lives in Danville, Ky. with his wife Laura and his daughters Kate and Rebecca. As well as being head coach for the Colonels, Coach Hoffman also coordinates the transportation for all of the athletics at Centre.

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Lora Gralheer

Lora Gralheer joined the Centre women's soccer coaching staff in the winter of 2020.


A native of Lexington, Ky., Gralheer played at Centre in 2007 and 2008 and eventually became a coach with Lexington FC from 2012-14. During that time, she also served as a volunteer assistant with Centre women's soccer, joining the team on their trip to Ireland in 2014 and also working with the breakthrough 2014 squad that battled Puget Sound in a blizzard and made it to the NCAA Elite Eight.


Prior to Centre, Gralheer spent the previous four years as the head girls soccer coach at Mercy Academy in Louisville. She has also spent the past seven seasons as a coach with the Kentucky Fire Juniors club program, which has produced numerous Centre soccer players. In 2018, Gralheer was presented with the prestigious 30 Under 30 award by United Soccer Coaches.

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