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Morehead State University

Morehead State University Athletics
195 Academic-Athletic Center Morehead, KY 40351
Division 1 Kentucky Midwest
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Warren Lipka

Warren Lipka is entering his 11th season as the soccer head coach at Morehead State.


Lipka holds a 260-239-53 overall record in 27 years as a collegiate head coach, including a 78-100-23 record at Morehead State.


In his 10 seasons, he has led the Eagles to 78 wins and has been named OVC Coach of the Year three times (2009, 2010, 2013). He led Morehead State to OVC Tournament Championships and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2013. In 2009 and 2010, he directed the Eagles to OVC Regular Season Championships.


Lipka has tutored nine First Team All-OVC selections, eight Second Team All-OVC selections, and 10 All-OVC Newcomer selections during his tenure.


In 2009, his first year in Morehead, Lipka continued his string of success he had at University of Kentucky, leading the Eagles to a 5-0-3 OVC record and the program's first-ever league regular season title. For his efforts, he was named OVC Coach of the Year.


In 2010, the Eagles again went undefeated in OVC matches, won the regular season title and also won the tournament championship to advance to the NCAA Tournament.


In 2011, the Eagles posted an 11-8-3 overall record and made a trip to the conference championship match.


In 2013, the Eagles won eight of their last 11 regular season matches and advanced to the OVC Tournament as the No. 2 seed. MSU defeated Austin Peay 4-2 in the semifinals, before knocking off defending champion UT Martin 1-0 on its home field to give the program its third championship in the last six years and its second under Lipka.


Lipka began his tenure at University of Kentucky as an assistant with the Wildcat men's program from 1990-92, and then helped to start the women's program in 1991. His first women's team was fielded in 1992 and since that time he was the only coach in the history of the program.


He totaled 182 career wins at UK and was 71-56-10 in SEC matches. In just his second season, Lipka guided the Wildcats to 13 wins, and then in 1995, UK won the SEC championship and he was named the league's Coach of the Year after UK went 17-7 and advanced to the NCAA tournament.


Lipka repeated the SEC Coach of the Year honor in 1999 when his team was 16-3-2 - the best record in school history. That team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, and he was also named Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.


He also guided Kentucky to the NCAA tournament in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002 and most recently in 2006 when the Wildcats won the SEC tournament championship with a 14-7-3 record. He won his third SEC Coach of the year accolade after the 2006 campaign. Twelve of his 17 teams had records of .500 or better and 12 won nine or more matches, which is the Morehead State single season school mark for victories.


During Lipka's tenure, the 'Cats had 30 total selections for All-Great Lakes Region, 33 All-SEC awards, 170 honors for the SEC Academic Honor Roll, three Soccer Buzz All-Americans, two National Soccer Coach's Association of America (NSCAA) All-Americans, and the 1995 SEC Player of the Year.


He also has a bevy of professional experience, as a player, coach and in administration. From 1989-91, Lipka was the general manager and head coach of the Indiana Kick of the National Professional Soccer League. He also played for the Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Flames of the American Indoor Soccer Association from 1986-89. He was the MVP in 1987 and 1988. In 1991, he concluded his professional career with the Detroit Rockers in the NPSL. He was in the United States National team pool in 1987 and participated in the United States Olympic Sports Festival in 1986.


Lipka also was the head coach at Bishop Dwenger High School in Ft. Wayne from 1987-90.


A native of St. Louis, Mo., Lipka was an outstanding collegiate athlete and goalkeeper at the University of South Carolina and in high school. He was named a Parade All-American in high school and then was the adidas College Goalkeeper of the Year at USC in 1985.


In addition to his collegiate coaching resume, Lipka has been heavily involved in youth soccer programs in Kentucky. He was a member of the Region II Olympic Development program staff, serving as head coach from 1992-94, and was also director of the Kentucky Kickers Soccer Club during that period.


On the international level, Lipka was the head goalkeeping coach for the United States Under-19 and Under-21 national teams in 2003. His Under-21 team allowed just two goals in four matches and won the Nordic Cup title for the fifth time in five seasons.


He holds a USSF "A" license - the highest a coach can hold for that federation - and an NSCAA premiere badge. Lipka has two sons, Warren Christopher and Joshua Michael.

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Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith is entering her first season as an assistant coach after spending the 2019 season as a graduate assistant.


Before arriving at Morehead State, Smith was a goalkeeper for the University of Nebraska where she graduated in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in communication studies.


While at Nebraska, she was named Academic All-Big Ten in 2017 and 2018 as well as being a six-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll recipient. She also made Nebraska's Tom Osbourne Citizenship Team all four years of her college career.


Smith, a native of Glenview, Ill., has also been a coach for both, the Kentucky Olympic Development Program (ODP) and Commonwealth SC since 2019.

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