St. Leo University

Saint Leo University Athletics
33701 State Road 52 Saint Leo, FL 33574
Division 2 Florida Southeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Peter McGahey

Saint Leo University Vice President and Director of Athletics, Francis X. Reidy announced on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, the hiring of Dr. Peter McGahey as the fourth head coach in the women's soccer program's 19-year history. McGahey joins the Lions after a six-year stint at Central Michigan University.

"We are excited to have Dr. Peter McGahey as our new women's soccer coach. His great success in Division II, success at Division I, as well as his association with US Soccer, established him as the best all-around candidate in our selection process," University Vice President and Director of Athletics Francis X. Reidy said.

"I'd like to thank Mr. Reidy for the opportunity to lead the Saint Leo women's soccer program," Dr. Peter McGahey mentioned. "From the moment you step on campus, you know that Saint Leo is a special place. There are championship expectations at Saint Leo on the field and in the classroom!"

McGahey amassed a 124-76-25 record as head coach at Minnesota State, Mankato and Central Michigan. The 11-year coaching veteran has guided his programs to 10 NSCAA Team Academic Awards and four NCAA postseason appearances. He led his Mavericks to back-to-back 17 win seasons in 2011 and 2012 and recorded his best season of 15-3-3 with the Chippewas in 2016, which saw CMU fall in the Mid-American Conference Semifinals to Kent State.

Reidy continued, "The entire staff looks forward to working with Coach McGahey to get our women's program back to the top tier of the SSC and once again part of the NCAA post-season. We are thrilled to have Peter along with his wife Dawn, daughter Ella and son Will join us to kick-off 2019."

Under his guidance at MSU-M and CMU, McGahey has coached 119 All-Conference Academic honorees, 47 All-Conference selections, 19 Regional honorees, four All-Americans (NSCAA), three Scholar All-American (NSCAA), three CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America selections, two Daktronics All-Americans as well as leading the Minnesota State, Mankato Mavericks to three Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference titles. In 2012, McGahey guided the Mavericks to the Elite 8 after advancing over Central Missouri 1-1, 5-4 in penalty kicks. MSU ended its historic season in a 5-4 PK loss to Grand Valley State after a 2-2 regulation and overtime battle.

McGahey added, "I am excited to be back leading a program at the Division II level and grateful to be a part of the proud tradition of Saint Leo women's soccer. I am looking forward to building our student-athlete centered program into a conference, regional and national power."

A Denver, Colo. native, McGahey holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees, from the University of Denver a B.A. in Communication and from Metropolitan State College of Denver, a B.A. in Human Performance and Sport. He received his Masters of Arts in Physical Education (Coaching) from Ball State University and most recently his Doctorate of Education (Educational Leadership) from Minnesota State University, Mankato. McGahey was a four-year player on the men's varsity soccer team at the University of Denver from 1992-96.

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Sarah Leiby

Saint Leo first-year head coach Peter McGahey announced the addition of assistant coach Sarah Leiby to his women's soccer coaching staff. Leiby, who most recently served as an assistant coach at Montana State University, brings with her four years of coaching in the NCAA Division II level.

"We're extremely excited to have Sarah joining our Lion Soccer Family!" expressed McGahey. "She brings tremendous coaching experience having served at two other Division II institutions, Montana State Billings & Black Hills State."

McGahey continued, "Her passion for the game and mentoring student-athletes are directly in-line with our program mission and values. Sarah's ability to coach both field players and goal keepers helps us immediately raise our expectations and standard of play. The team and I both are looking forward to working along-side Sarah to grow our student-athlete centered culture and commit to improving every day."

Leiby has spent the last two seasons as the assistant women's soccer coach at Montana State University. Before her stint in Montana, she was busy building the Black Hills State University women's soccer program during in its inaugural season in 2016. She holds both a United State Soccer Federation National "C" and "D" license and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Goalkeeping Level III diploma.

Before her coaching career, Leiby competed at the NCAA Division I level as a goalkeeper at the University of Vermont. As a Catamount, she saw action in 25 games and started in 23 during her playing career. In 2011, she set a single-season record for minutes played by a goalkeeper with 1,693 and led the America East Conference in saves. She earned her bachelor's degree in environmental science in 2014 and was a three-time AEC Academic All-League selection.

A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, she is a graduate of WC Bayard Rustin high school in the Keystone State.

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David Philips

Dave Phillips joined the Saint Leo women’s soccer coaching staff in 2019 as the Lions’ goalkeeper coach.

Phillips is a 21-year Coast Guard veteran that has been coaching in the Tampa Bay area for Florida Premier FC since 2008. In addition to coaching club soccer, Phillips is the J.W. Mitchell High School varsity girl's soccer coach.

He holds the United States Soccer Federation National “D” License, and United Soccer Coaches “National Diploma”.

Phillips obtained his bachelor's degree in physical education teaching education from the University of South Florida and is currently finishing his graduate work in sport science & soccer coaching through Ohio University.

A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he played club soccer in his hometown while also competing for Arlington High School, where he was a member of the 1984 N.Y. High School State Championship Team.

He and his wife, Holly, who is a pediatric nurse, call Tampa home with their two children Olivia, who is a senior in high school, and Tate, who is a high school sophomore.

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