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.