Martin Methodist College

Martin Methodist College Athletics
433 West Madison Street Pulaski, TN 38478
NAIA Tennessee Southeast
Private Very Small Competitive team


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Chris Leonardi

Chris Leonardi is entering his fifth season as the MMC head men’s soccer coach with a 37-27-9 record. In 2013, Leonardi was the assistant at MMC where he helped lead the RedHawks to a record-breaking 19-2-2 season that culminated in the program’s first-ever NAIA men’s national championship in school history.

Prior to joining MMC, Leonardi was the boys and girls soccer coach at the University School of Jackson. With the girls, Leonardi tallied a 227-57-16 overall record and won 2 state titles in 2010 and 2011. In 13 years, the girls made 3 championship appearances, 5 final four appearances, 8 state tournament appearances, and won 9 region titles and 5 district titles. Leonardi was voted NSCAA Regional Coach of the year (private/parochial, high school girls) in 2011. With the boys, Leonardi tallied a 204-78-17 overall record. In 12 years, the boys made 2 final four appearances, 4 state tournament appearances, and won 6 region titles and 8 district titles.

Leonardi is part of US Soccer Region III staff, a TN ODP staff and a coaching instructor for Tennessee State Soccer Association. Leonardi currently holds the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” License, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma, and the NCSAA Goalkeeper Level 1 License.

A 1998 graduate of Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, he earned a B.S. in Physical Education and Health. During his playing career with the Eagles, Lambuth captured one TCAC Conference Championship and two Mid-South Conference Championships.

Hailing from Nice, France, Leonardi moved to the United States at the age of 16 to attend high school in Jackson, Tennessee. He currently resides in Pulaski, TN, and has a daughter named Lola.

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