Robyn Horner enters her third season at the helm of the Women’s Soccer Program after taking the reins in 2015.
In her first year, Horner led the Falcons to an 8-9-2 record as her team made the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals for the sixth year in a row. In 2015 the Falcons placed three players on the All-Conference Team, with senior Aaliyah Jackson earning First Team honors. Jackson would later achieve First Team All-State honors for her efforts. Additionally, 15 members of the Falcon team went on to garner Academic All-Conference honors as they maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Horner’s second campaign saw the Falcons break the .500 mark, finishing with an overall record of 10-7-2 and 7-3-1 in league play. The Falcons made the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinal for the seventh consecutive year, narrowly missing a bid to the finals in a closely contested matchup with league rival Belmont Abbey College. In 2016, the Falcons placed five players on the All-Conference Team, with senior Madeline Gadd earning First Team honors. Gadd would later achieve Second Team All-State honors as well. For the second straight season, the Falcons led Conference Carolinas with 15 members named to the Academic All-Conference Team.
Horner spent the previous two seasons as Pfeiffer’s assistant women’s soccer coach, helping the Falcons to a 2014 overall record of 12-7-2, a Conference Carolinas tally of 8-2-1, and a trip to the Conference Tournament Finals. In 2013, Horner’s first season with Pfeiffer, the Falcons finished 13-7-1 overall and 6-3 in conference play. Horner’s first season with the Falcons was also marked with a Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament bid.
As a professional, Horner played in the WPS (Women’s Professional Soccer), the highest level of women’s professional soccer. She spent two years playing for the Philadelphia Independence and traveled to play in Japan as a member of the Sky Blue FC organization. While in Philadelphia, Horner and the Independence made two straight trips to the WPS Finals under the direction of Head Coach Paul Riley. Following the dismantling of the WPS, Horner moved to Charlotte, NC where she joined the Charlotte Lady Eagles of the W-League. Horner started in goal for the Charlotte Lady Eagles for four straight seasons, serving three of those seasons as Team Captain. She finished her time with the Lady Eagles earning an overall record of 27-8-9 and currently sits fifth all-time in goalkeeper wins for the organization. In 2012, Horner’s first season, the team played in the Conference Final, narrowly missing a trip to the W-League Final Four. In 2014, Horner was a finalist for W-League Goalkeeper of the Year, and helped lead her team to a Southeastern Conference Championship after stopping two penalty kicks in the Conference Final. That year also saw the Lady Eagles earn a trip to the W-League Final Four and a fourth place finish nationally.
During Horner’s final season with the Charlotte Lady Eagles she was called up to the NWSL to play for the Western New York Flash (now the North Carolina Courage). Horner earned a victory against the Washington Spirit before returning to the finish the season with the Lady Eagles.
Prior to joining the Falcons, Horner earned considerable coaching experience from all levels of the game. She began her coaching career at Franklin & Marshall University and went on to serve as the Head Goalkeeper Trainer for the Next Level Soccer Academy in Pennington, NJ. Following that stint, Horner accepted the Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach position at The College of New Jersey. During her time at TCNJ, the Lions made three straight Division III NCAA Tournament Appearances, including a trip to the Final Four. In addition to collegiate coaching, Horner coached club soccer for the Charlotte Soccer Academy and was the Assistant Coach for the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team at Southlake Christian Academy in 2013. Robyn has also served as a Goalkeeper Trainer for North Carolina ODP since 2011.
Before coaching, Horner enjoyed a distinguished collegiate career as a goalkeeper at Rutgers University. As a freshman for the Scarlet Knights, Horner was named Rutgers Rookie of the Year, Soccerbuzz All-Region Co-Freshmen Goalkeeper of the Year and won the MVP Award at the Notre Dame Classic.
Robyn resides in Kannapolis, NC with her husband Paul and son Benjamin.