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Covenant College

Covenant College Athletics
14049 Scenic Highway Lookout Mountain, GA, GA 30750
Division 3 Georgia Southeast
Private Small National competitor

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Mark Duble

Mark Duble enters his 28th season as the head women's soccer coach in 2021. He is the longest-tenured coach and athletic administrator at Covenant. Duble also serves as an associate director of athletics.


FAST FACTS

Years at Covenant (head coach): 27 (1994-present)

Overall record: 283-176-36 (.608)

Conference record: 142-38-19 (.761)

National Tournament appearances: 2 (NAIA - 2006; NCCAA - 2009)

Conference championships: 12 (regular season and tournament)

AWARDS

Six-time conference Coach of the Year (TVAC - 1995, 1996; AAC - 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006)

Two-time NAIA Region XII Coach of the Year (2004, 2005)

PROGRAM ACCOLADES

34 All-Americans

4 conference Players of the Year

3 conference Rookie/Freshman of the Year

13 All-USA South selections (6 first team members)

27 All-USA South West Division choices

112 all-conference selections overall

121 USA South All-Academic team members (through 2019-20)

57 national scholar-athlete awards

11 NSCAA (now United Soccer Coaches) Team Academic honors

12 United Soccer Coaches Team Ethics honors

MILESTONES

Collected career win No. 200 during the 2012 season

Earned career win No. 250 with a 4-0 victory over Oglethorpe on Sept. 16, 2017

PROGRAM NOTES

In his 27 seasons, Duble's teams have finished at or above the .500 mark 24 times.

Double-digit win totals in a season 20 times.

BACKGROUND

Duble began coaching the Lady Scots club team in 1993 before the program became varsity in 1994. He "grew up" at Covenant, as his father was a Vice President for Advancement at Covenant College in the 1960s and 1970s, and he played for and captained, the Scots soccer team as a player. Active in professional coaching organizations, he has served eight years as the conference soccer chair, five as regional chair, and two years as the NAIA Women’s Soccer National President.


SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

COVID-19 pandemic forced the 2020 season into the spring 2021 semester, but Duble's program kept its winning ways alive. The Lady Scots finished 5-3-1 overall, producing the 23rd winning season in program history. Kailey Burrell became the first All-American in the program's NCAA era as she earned United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America honors. Covenant placed five players on All-USA South West Division teams.


In 2019, Duble's squad advanced to the USA South Tournament championship match for the first time. After a 1-4-1 start to the season, the Lady Scots rattled off a 9-1-2 mark over the final month-plus of the season before besting top-East seed Greensboro in a penalty shootout in the USA South Tournament semifinals to get to the title match. It was the ninth time in the last 10 seasons that Covenant finished the year with a winning record and the 20th time the program won 10 or more matches.


In 2018, Covenant had another successful season as the Lady Scots finished 11-8-1 and made it to the USA South Tournament semifinals. Senior keeper Rachel Lemay earned USA South Goalkeeper of the Year, while six Lady Scots earned All-USA South West Division honors.


2017 was a special year for Duble and the program. Duble collected his 250th career coaching win with the Lady Scots' 4-0 victory over Oglethorpe on Homecoming Weekend (Sept. 16). The team ended the year 11-7-1 overall with a 5-2 mark in the USA South and an appearance in the semifinals of the USA South Tournament.


The 2016 edition of Duble's team had its best conference finish since joining the USA South as the Lady Scots placed second in the West Division in the regular season with an 11-3 record. The 11 victories set the program mark for most conference wins in a single season.


In 2013, the program's first year as full members of the USA South Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III, Duble's squad battled through injuries to compile a 10-9-2 overall and a 7-3-2 mark in conference play. The Lady Scots advanced to the semifinals of the USA South Tournament before falling to eventual champion Piedmont.


In 2012, the Lady Scots posted a 15-5-1 record and 9-1 in GSAC play which earned them a share of the conference regular season title, a first at the NCAA Division III level. The 15 wins was tied for the second-most in school history. Covenant placed seven players on the All-Conference team and had two NCCAA All-Americans (Kathryn Allison and Katelyn Newsome).


FAMILY

He and his wife, Lynn (a Covenant alumna and former athlete herself), have been married for 33 years, and have five children: Allen, Chelsey, Charles, Faith, and John Mark.


YEAR-BY-YEAR

1994: 10-6

1995: 10-7-1

1996: 13-4

1997: 11-6

1998: 7-9

1999: 3-13-2

2000: 9-8-2

2001: 11-8

2002: 16-3-2

2003: 8-5-2

2004: 14-3-1 (9-0 AAC)

2005: 13-4-3 (8-0 AAC)

2006: 15-4 (8-0 AAC)

2007: 10-6-3 (4-0-3 AAC)

2008: 10-7-2 (4-1-2 AAC)

2009: 9-9-4 (3-1-3 AAC)

2010: 10-7-1

2011: 10-9-2 (6-1-1 GSAC)

2012: 15-5-1 (9-1 GSAC)

2013: 10-9-2 (7-3-2 USA South)

2014: 9-10-1 (7-4 USA South)

2015: 10-5-1 (8-3-1 USA South)

2016: 13-5 (11-3 USA South)

2017: 11-7-1 (5-2 USA South)

2018: 11-8-1 (6-2 USA South)

2019: 10-6-3 (6-1-1 USA South)

2020: 5-3-1 (4-3-1 USA South) ... 2020 season played in spring of 2021 (COVID-19)

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Rachel Lemay

Rachel Lemay begins her third season as the assistant coach for head coach Mark Duble in 2021.


Lemay was a four-year standout at goalkeeper for Covenant and concluded her playing career in the fall of 2018.


"Having the opportunity to coach at Covenant College is a dream," Lemay said at the time of her hiring. "I am excited to bring a knowledge of the game that I have developed from 18 years of playing competitive soccer. I have been greatly impacted by the coaches here at Covenant, and it is an honor to coach on a staff which has served me so faithfully for the last four years."


Lemay wrapped up her career in the fall of 2018 as the top goalkeeper in the USA South. Lemay was named the USA South Goalkeeper of the Year, while also earning All-USA South first team and United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Region first team honors. She tallied eight shutouts on the year and led the USA South in minutes played. Her 127 saves for the season were the most of any Covenant keeper since 2004.


"I am very excited to have Rachel transition into the women's soccer program as my full-time assistant coach," Duble said. "She has an outstanding grasp of what it takes to consistently pursue excellence on and off the pitch here at Covenant. Her passion for the sport of soccer and this program, her love for the college as an institution, and her love for her savior all made the decision to bring her on a very easy one for me."


In her career on the field, Lemay was a three-time All-USA South first team honoree and a three-time All-USA South West Division first team selection. She earned all-region honors from the United Soccer Coaches in 2017 and earned USA South All-Academic twice. In her career, Lemay totaled 303 saves with 26 total shutouts, both the most for any Covenant keeper since 2004.


"I would like to thank Dr. Tim Sceggel, Coach Duble, and the senior staff for allowing me to serve in this position in a program that has a rich tradition of success," added Lemay. "It is a pleasure to be able to give back to a program I have a deep love for and a passion to help grow."


"I believe this position will give Rachel a great platform in which to share and promote the competitive spirit and drive that made her such a great student-athlete here at Covenant College," noted Duble.


Lemay graduated from Covenant in May of 2019 with a degree in sport administration.

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JohnMark Duble

JohnMark Duble enters his second year as an assistant coach, but his sixth overall year, for the Covenant women's soccer program under his father, Mark Duble.


Duble had been a student assistant for the program during his four years as a Covenant student.


He graduated from Covenant with a degree in sociology in May 2020.

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