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.