Head women’s soccer coach Graeme Orr is entering his ninth season at the helm of West Alabama. Along with starting the program, he has led the Tigers to a 80-60-8 overall record and seven Gulf South Conference Tournament appearances in its first eight seasons of existence.
West Alabama enjoyed a superb year in 2018 with a recorded setting 9-4 mark in GSC play and 12-6-1 overall record. TeMia Pride was named the 2018 Co-Player of the Year, the second player in program history to claim that honor and the first Academic All-America in program history. The team made its seventh consecutive trip to the GSC Championship Tournament and scored a first round win in Tiger Stadium with a 2-0 victory over Valdosta State.
The 2017 season yielded a 9-8 overall mark and 7-6 GSC record as the Tigers fell in the first round of the GSC tournament marking a sixth consecutive appearance in the postseason tournament.
In 2016, Orr took the Tigers to its fifth-straight post season trip to the GSC Tournament, besting Union 1-0 before falling to eventual tournament champion West Florida 5-0 in the semifinals going 11-7-1 overall and 8-3-1 in the conference
In 2015, the Tigers made its fourth consecutive post season appearance in the conference tournament defeating West Georgia 5-4 in penalty kicks before falling to North Alabama 1-0 in the semi-finals. The Tigers finished the year 10-6-2 overall and 8-3-1 in the league.
In 2014, UWA women’s soccer claimed its best winning percentage with a 14-5-1 overall record (.725 winning percentage) and a 8-3-1 GSC record (.708 winning percentage). The year marked the third consecutive winning season after the Tigers claimed its first winning record at 11-8 overall in 2013. The Tigers are 2-2 in the post season, claiming the first GSC Tournament win with a 2-0 victory over North Alabama in 2013.
With Orr at the helm, UWA has claimed GSC Player of the Year with Nicki Gears earning the accolade in 2013 and GSC Freshman of the Year in 2017 when Anele Komani recieved the nod. The Tigers have had 11 players named to the All-GSC team and 13 named All-Region over the past six seasons.
Before his head coaching debut at UWA, the Eaglesham, Scotland native was an assistant coach at the University of North Alabama for two seasons. While at UNA, Orr helped the Lions’ soccer team become the most improved women’s soccer team in the nation. UNA was 8-11-1 in 2008 and 19-4-1 in 2009. With19 wins last season, the Lions made their first appearance in the GSC Women’s Soccer Tournament since 1999 and their first appearance in the NCAA Division II Regionals in the program’s history, including the school’s first post-season win, a 3-2 victory over Florida Southern. Orr finished his M.A. in Health Promotion and Human Performance in 2009.
Along with his duties in Florence, Ala., Orr also served as a head coach for the Alabama Olympic Development Program.
Orr is a 2007 graduate of Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn. where he played four seasons for the Redhawks. During his collegiate career, he helped guide MMC to the Tran-South regular season and post-season championships in 2004. He was voted best midfielder for 2004 and made the Tran-South 2nd team in 2004. In his season year of 2006, Orr captained the Redhawks. Orr received a B.S. in Sports Management and was awarded the Sports Management award in 2007. He was also inducted into the Champions of Character Hall of Fame in 2005.
Prior to his time in Florence, Orr spent a year working for the Alabama Youth Soccer Association in Birmingham. His role was as the Programs Director and he aided with projects such as Soccer Start and the Olympic Development Program or ODP.
Orr played for Hiberian Boys Club and Albion Rovers in Scotland. In 2001, he played full-time with Albion Rovers and completed a SVQ level 2 in Sport & Recreational Studies. In 2002, he became a soccer coach for East Renfrewshire Council where he worked with children from 3-16 years old.
Orr has a number of coaching licenses which include NSCAA Premier, USSF ‘A’ License, US Youth Soccer National Youth License, Scottish F.A. Level 3 in Children & Youth, and Scottish F.A. Level 1 in Goalkeeping and Adult and a UEFA B license Part 1 and part 2.