Chris LeFevre finished his fourth season as Head Coach of the University of the Cumberlands Men’s Soccer program in 2019. LeFevre, who was hired in 2016, has guided the Patriots to a 31-30-11 (16-11-2 Mid-South Conference) record over the course of his four seasons at UC.
In 2019, LeFevre led the men's soccer program to the NAIA Tournament for the first time in history. At the helm, he led the Patriots to the most single-season wins since 2015, finishing with an overall record of 10-7-2. He finished the year ranked in the NAIA across three statistical categories, including 25th for total shutouts with eight.
Under LeFevre, the Patriots have made the Mid-South Conference Tournament every year as the fourth seed or better, peaking as #3 in 2019. In 2016, LeFevre won his first MSC Tournament match with a 1-0 win over Shawnee State on 11/4/16. In 2019, the Patriots won the tournament opener against Cumberland 1-0 before falling to Lindsey Wilson in a 1-1 draw, 2-0 in shootout.
LeFevre has had one NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, six MSC First Team All-Conference selections, and 12 players garner Second Team All-Conference honors. In addition to his success on the field, the Patriots have had 60 players earn Academic All-Conference accolades, while eight players have been named Daktronics-NAIA All-Americans.
LeFevre is originally from Stockholm, New Jersey. Him and his wife of 14 years, Betsy, have two sons, Isaac and Micah. He graduated from Adelphi University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York in 2006 with a Masters' Degree in Sports Administration.
After his playing career, LeFevre became the head coach at Genessee Community College bolstering the program into a major player with an overall record of 41-17-1 in three seasons. While there, his teams were the Western New York Conference Champions in 2006 and 2007 and made an appearance in the Regional Final Four.
LeFevre made a stop at NCAA DI Binghamton University in 2008 as an assistant, helping the team finish with a 10-5-3 record and a sixth-straight conference final appearance before spending time at Adrian College (Michigan) from 2009-2013. At Adrian, he garnered a 31-53-13 record over five seasons and had the highest winning percentage in school history earning the first winning season record since 1983.
In 2015-2016, LeFevre was the head coach at NCAA DIII McMurray University. He has coached numerous NCAA All-Region players along with NJCAA and NSCAA All-Americans over his tenure, and his experience in the coaching realm is vast — covering all aspects of the game of soccer on various levels.
"This is a tremendous opportunity. UC has a beautiful campus and has the reputation as a strong academic institution. Not only is the university warm and welcoming, it's also a winner," said LeFevre. "The Patriots have a great tradition of success."
Coach LeFevre describes himself as relentless, detailed, and rational. He expects his players to work hard every day in every way with full effort. He wants his players to care about their teammates and the program.
UC Athletic Director Chris Kraftick commented, "Chris really impressed both myself and the committee during the interview process. His passion and energy for recruiting and developing players will be the cornerstone of his program. I cannot wait to see what he can do with the assets available to him at UC."