Levi Nunnally, the 2017 MACJC Coach of the Year, enters his seventh season leading the Northwest women's soccer program.
Nunnally inherited a program in 2013 that hadn't had a winning season in seven years, but has quickly turned the page by going 38-45-11 overall with three winning seasons and three MACJC playoff appearances.
Nunnally guided the Lady Rangers to an 11-6 overall record and MACJC semifinal berth in 2017, a nine-win improvement from 2016. Ten of Northwest's 11 wins came via shutout.
Off the field, Northwest won the MACJC's Tom Shepherd Sportsmanship Award for the fifth time in school history and was named a United Soccer Coaches Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award recipient. Both awards are determined by the team with the lowest number of yellow/red cards throughout the season.
Nunnally's second season in 2014 saw Northwest set a school-record with 11 shutouts, post its most wins since the 2006 season at 10-5-4 overall and earn an NJCAA national ranking (No. 19) for the first time ever on Sept. 24. Northwest finished in third place in the north division, advancing to the playoffs for the second consecutive season. The Lady Rangers won 2-1 at Meridian before bowing out to Hinds in the MACJC semifinals.
In his first season in 2013, Nunnally led Northwest to an 8-4-2 overall finish and a 4-2-2 record in the division. The Lady Rangers qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2006, falling in the first round of the MACJC Tournament to Pearl River.
Nine Lady Rangers have earned All-MACJC honors under Nunnally's guidance, with three others being named NJCAA All-Region 23 selections. In addition, 16 players have gone on to sign with four-year programs over the last four seasons.
Nunnally spent the 2008-12 seasons as the women's assistant coach at Young Harris College (Ga.), where the Mountain Lions went a combined 52-30-5 and made the playoffs twice before transitioning from junior college to a four-year college.
While at YHC, Nunnally had 14 former players named to All-Region squads, two JUCO All-Americans and also had three former players go on to play semi-pro soccer for the Dayton Dutch Lions and Knoxville Lady Force.
Prior to YHC, he coached at top quality soccer camps in Colorado and Connecticut for No.1 Soccer camps and also coached summer camps in Mobile and Memphis. His coaching career began in 2007 with the McMinn United Futbol Club where he coached the U9 Girls/Boys and U10 Girls/Boys teams.
Nunnally played college soccer at Itawamba where he made the NJCAA All-Region XXIII Team and was named team captain his sophomore year. He continued his soccer career at Tennessee Wesleyan where the Bulldogs won the 2001 Appalachian Athletic Conference and Region Championship to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament. He was a team captain his senior year, served as a graduate assistant for both the men's and women's teams in 2003-04 and received his bachelor's in business management in 2004.
Nunnally, a Southaven native, was married to the former April Lee Hodson of Horn Lake on July 22, 2017.