Xavier University

Xavier University Athletics
3800 Victory Parkway Cincinnati, OH 45207
Division 1 Ohio Midwest
Private Small National competitor


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Nate Lie

Nate Lie (pronounced LEE) was announced as XU’s head women’s soccer coach on May 13, 2017.

In his second season as Musketeer head coach in 2018, Lie lead Xavier in a break-through season, with the Musketeers posting a 10-8-3 record. The Musketeers' .548 winning percentage in 2018 marked the first winning record for the program since 2013. Xavier's 10 wins in 2018 were the most for the program since 2003's 12-win season.

The Musketeers finished a program-best fourth in the BIG EAST standings at 4-3-2, hosting a BIG EAST Championship match for the first time since joining the conference. The team's 2018 BIG EAST Semifinal appearance was the first since joining the BIG EAST in 2013, and the first time the Musketeers have advanced in the postseason since 2003.

Among Xavier's notable results from the season are the program's first win over DePaul, and a 0-0 double overtime draw against No. 4 Georgetown to close out the regular season, the first result against a top-five team in program history.

Xavier's defense forced nine shutouts during 2018, the most since 2000's school-record 11 shutouts and the second most in a single season in program history, matching 1985 and 1991's season totals.

Xavier finished the season with 31 goals, the most since 2006's 31-goal season.

Lie led the Musketeers in a notable turnaround in his first season. Xavier finished the 2017 season at 8-8-4 overall, marking the first season at .500 or above since 2013, when Xavier finished 9-8-1.

The Musketeers' finished with a record of 4-3-2 in BIG EAST play the first winning conference record for the program since 2005. Xavier earned the program's first berth to the BIG EAST Championships, the first conference tournament appearance for the Musketeers since 2003.

Lie came to Xavier after serving as University of Cincinnati associate head coach. Lie, who joined UC in January of 2013 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, previously spent four seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for his alma mater, Miami University.

Lie was in charge of the UC defense under head coach Neil Stafford, a stingy unit that helped the Bearcats finish 11-5-4 in the fall of 2016 with a 0.99 goals against average and nine shutouts. UC compiled a 42-30-12 record in the four years Lie was on Stafford’s staff.

The success of the 2016 season came on the heels of a very successful 2015 campaign. The 2015 Bearcats finished 13-6-5 and captured the American Athletic Conference tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. Following the season, Lie was selected as UC’s Assistant Coach of the Year in a vote by members of the Athletics Department.

In the first two seasons Lie spent on the UC campus the progress began to show. After a four-win season in 2012, prior to his arrival, the Bearcats went 8-11-1 in 2013 and 10-8-2 in 2014.

During his four-year stint at Miami prior to UC, the RedHawks compiled an overall record of 54-26-5, including 25-14-5 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). In 2012, Lie helped guide Miami to the MAC regular-season and tournament titles as well a trip to the second round of the NCAA Championship after the RedHawks went 20-3-1 overall and 10-0-1 in MAC play.

As a student-athlete at Miami from 1996-2000, Lie was a two-time Academic All-MAC selection for the men’s soccer program, earning First-Team Academic All-MAC honors in 1998, in addition to Academic All-Ohio accolades that same season. In 1997, Lie earned Second-Team All-MAC honors. He graduated from Miami in 2000 with bachelor’s degrees in economics and finance, and received a graduate degree in sports management from Miami in 2015.

Nate lives in Pleasant Ridge with his wife Emily, sons Michael and Josh, and daughter Grace.

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Renee Horton

Renee Horton joined Nate Lie's women's soccer staff in August 2018. Horton came to Xavier from Lander University in Greenville, S.C. where she had served as an assistant coach since 2016.

Horton brings over 15 years of college and club soccer coaching experience to Xavier's staff. Prior to Lander, Horton served as an assistant Director of Coaching for the Cincinnati United and was a staff coach for CUP.

Prior to Cincinnati United, Horton spent 14 years serving as a staff coach for Florida ODP, including as a lead staff coach for six years. Horton also served on the Region III ODP staff. Horton holds a USSF "C" License and also has her USSF National Youth License.

As a defender at the University of South Florida, Horton started 42 of the 63 matches she appeared in, helping the Bulls to a 37-27-6 record during her career. Following her time at USF, Horton played three seasons in the W-League.

Horton earned a bachelor's in communication from South Florida in 2000.

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Kelsey Hunyadi

Kelsey Hunyadi joined Xavier Athletics in June 2017 as an assistant coach for Nate Lie.

Hunyadi, a native of Dublin, Ohio, came to Xavier from UC Davis, where she has been in the role of assistant coach since February. Prior to working with the Aggies, Hunyadi spent a season as the director of soccer operations as Texas Christian University.

At TCU, Hunyadi managed the day-to-day operations and assisted in player development for a team that won 12 games, the second most in program history, and earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.

During her time in Texas, Hunyadi also served as head coach of the U14 girls team for the Dallas Texans Club program.

Prior to TCU, Hunyadi spent time as an assistant at Youngstown State, Kentucky and Capital University, as well as with the Ohio Premier Soccer Club.

Hunyadi played over 6,200 minutes through 64 matches during her college career. She began her collegiate playing career at Louisville in 2007, earning third-team All-BIG EAST as a freshman and earning BIG EAST Player of the week three times during a pair of seasons.

Hunyadi played the final two seasons of her collegiate career at Kentucky, earning second-team All-SEC as a senior after a 14-goal, 38-point season. Each mark fell one tally shy of setting the UK single-season record. Hunyadi also recorded 10 assists as a senior, the second most in UK single season records and set a single-season record of 90 shots.

Hunyadi graduated from Kentucky in May 2012 with a Bachelors of Political Science. She holds USSF “D,” “E” and “F” Licenses.

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