University of Georgia

Athens, GA 30602
Division 1 Georgia Southeast
Public Very Large Competitive team

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Billy Lesesne

Billy Lesesne was introduced as the fifth head coach of the Georgia women's soccer team on December 16, 2014, after serving as the associate head coach at Duke University.


In his first season as head coach, Lesesne guided the 2015 Bulldogs to heights that UGA had never been before. On Sept. 27, 2015 Lesesne coached the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory over No. 4 Texas A&M, marking the highest-ranked team a Georgia squad has ever defeated and the first in school history against the Aggies. The Bulldogs later went on the road and secured crucial back-to-back road wins against Vanderbilt and No. 16 Auburn. Georgia earned a No. 9-seed to the SEC Tournament in UGA’s 17th overall appearance in the conference tournament.


Under Lesesne’s tutelage two Bulldogs earned postseason 2015 All-SEC honors. Caroline Waters was named All-SEC Second-Team while Sydney Shultis garnered All-SEC Freshman Team recognition.


Lesesne came to UGA following 14 seasons in Durham, the last 11 as the program's associate head coach. He helped lead the 2011 edition of the Blue Devils to the NCAA College Cup ("Final Four") and was named the Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year that season. In his 14 seasons at Duke University, the Blue Devils reached a total of 12 NCAA Tournaments, including three straight trips to the "Elite Eight" from 2011-13.


He previously spent three seasons as an assistant coach before his promotion in the summer of 2004. In addition to his coaching duties at Duke University, Lesesne was a North Carolina ODP state coach and Region III staff coach in 2002-03.


Prior to his time in Durham, Lesesne served as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt for two seasons, guiding the Commodores to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament in 2000.


Lesesne's previous head coaching experience came at his alma mater, Erskine College, where he spent six seasons. There, he served as the head coach of both the men's and women's programs. He earned several honors during his time at Erskine, including NSCAA Division II Women's South Region Coach of the Year and Carolina's Virginia Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1997, after leading the Lady Fleet to a 15-2-1 record and a conference title. He also won the Carolina's Virginia Athletic Conference Messick Award for Sportsmanship in 1996, 1997, and 1998, as well as the conference award for highest graduation rates for student-athletes.


Lesesne began his coaching career at Cambridge Academy in Greenwood, S.C., in 1988, before serving as the assistant men's coach at the College of Charleston from 1990-91. He also coached the South Carolina Boys' State ODP team from 1990-95 and the Girls' ODP team from 1996-99.


Lesesne enjoyed a successful playing career, playing three years of professional soccer with the Charleston Battery (USISL/A-League) and four years at Erskine College, where he was an NAIA All-America selection his senior season and an NSCAA All-South Region honoree his last two seasons. He also earned NAIA All-District 6 honors from 1983-86, and was the Jake Todd/Erskine College Senior Athlete Award winner for the 1986-87 school year. He graduated from Erskine in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in biology/natural science.


Lesesne and his wife, Katie, live in Athens with their children.

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Katie Ely

Katie Ely joined the University of Georgia soccer staff as an assistant coach in January of 2015. Ely came to UGA after spending two seasons with the Missouri program where she served as an assistant coach to 19-year veteran Bryan Blitz.


In 2015, her first season working with UGA goalkeepers, Ely guided Louise Hogrell to national recognition while posting four shutouts. Under Ely, Hogrell led the SEC in saves and saves per game in 2015 and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 26 and national honorable mention player of the week by TopDrawerSoccer.com on Oct. 27.


Ely worked primarily with the Tigers' goalkeepers while in Columbia, helping McKenzie Sauerwein set a school record in saves in 2013. Sauerwein recorded six shutouts in 2014, helping the Tigers advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a 12-7-3 record.


Prior to joining the Missouri staff, Ely spent two seasons as the goalkeeper coach at Duke where she worked on the same staff as then associate head coach Billy Lesesne. While at Duke, Ely helped the Blue Devils reach the 2011 and 2012 NCAA College Cup. The Blue Devil goalkeepers also set single season records in shutouts (16) and goals against average (0.48) under Ely's direction.


Ely spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Syracuse before joining Missouri's staff. While with the Orange, she coached goalkeepers who set the school's career saves and shutouts records and earned All-Big East Rookie Team honors.


Ely graduated from Fairfield (Conn.) University in 2007, where she helped the Stags win the MAAC regular season title in 2002 and the MAAC Tournament title in 2007. She ranks first in school history in saves average, fifth in saves and sixth in wins, shutouts and goals against average.

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Brian Moore

Brian Moore joined the University of Georgia soccer staff as an assistant coach in January of 2015. He came to UGA after spending 23 years in Georgia youth soccer leagues holding a variety of different coaching positions. Most recently, Moore served as the Concorde Fire ECNL Director while also serving on the ECNL Board of Directors as the Southeast Conference Chairperson. Heis still a U.S. Soccer National Training Center coach.


In 2015, Moore helped guide the Bulldogs to several landmark victories. On Sept. 27, Moore led UGA to a 2-1 victory over No. 4 Texas A&M, marking the highest-ranked team that Georgia has ever defeated and the first win against the Aggies in school history. Moore’s role included pre-game scouting of opponents that led to UGA earning victories against two top-20 tanked teams and a bid to the 2015 SEC Tournament.


Moore has served as the South Program Director and ECNL Director of the Concorde Fire Youth Soccer Club in Atlanta since 2005. Moore was responsible for establishing the club's involvement in the ECNL and was named the ECNL Director in 2009. He coached four state championship teams and won two Region Titles, three Premier League East Titles and earned a berth in the 2011 Southern Regional and ECNL National Semifinals.


Since 2002, Moore has coached 13 Georgia Youth Soccer state championship teams, 10 USYSA Georgia Youth Soccer state runner-ups, three USYS Southern Regional Championship teams, one USYSA national runner-upin 2002, and one USYSA National Championship team (U19 in 2003). He has coached 18 US Soccer Youth Women's National Team players, two of which appeared in the 2012 U17 World Cup. He also coached 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2009 NCAA Hermann Trophy winner Kelley O'Hara.


Moore played collegiately at Maryville College where he was a two-time team captain in 1989 and 1990, earning NCAA Division III All-South first team honors in 1990. Moore earned his degree in Business Administration from Maryville in 1991 and then went on to play semi-professionally in the USISL for the Atlanta Magic and was named the Final Four MVP of the 1993 USISL Indoor National Championships.


Moore also played professionally for the Dayton Dynamo and the Cincinnati Silverbacks NPSL indoor teams from 1995-96 and was the third leading scorer for the professional outdoor A-League Atlanta Ruckus from 1995-96the year that the A-League was the top league in the US (MLS started in 1996). He holds a USSF "A" License.EndFragment

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