Chris Hennessey, an outstanding defender for the Lee University men’s soccer program (2006-09), will serve his third season as the head women's soccer coach in 2017.
Hennessey and his Lady Flames were GSC Regular Season co-champions in 2016 with a record of 14-3-2 overall and 11-1 in the league. For the second consecutive year his club qualified for the NCAA National Tournament. The Lady Flames had two All-Americans in Kinsey Cichowitz (NSCAA, CCA, Scholar) and Summer Lanter (Scholar). Lanter was also named the GSC Player of the Year and she and Cichowitz were named first team all-conference while McKenzie Bricker, Lauren Peters, Haley Gribler and Meagan Newman took home second team honors.
In his first year as head coach in 2015 Hennessey wasted little time making his impact on the program. The Lady Flames finished second in the GSC with a 11-5-4 record and qualified for the NCAA National Tournament. Hennessey was named the GSC Coach of the Year and four players (Laura Thacker, Lanter, Newman and Cichowitz) were named first team all-conference.
After a successful college playing career and receiving his degree in business, Hennessey spent three years, prior to coming to Lee, working as an instructor at All-Pro Soccer and serving as the Director of Coaching for Central Maine United (a youth soccer program.)
Hennessey, a native of Manchester, England, said it was Chris Walker who encouraged him to come to America and play with the Flames. "I had grown up playing with the Manchester City club, an elite-level soccer program, and when that didn’t work out," he noted, "I turned my attention to college and met my wife here at Lee."
Hennessey and his wife Jenae reside in Cleveland with their daughter, Emory Blake and son, Brewer.