Harvard captured five Ivy League titles in nine seasons under Leone (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ray Leone has stepped down as the Branca Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Soccer to accept the head coaching position at Maryland.
Leone spent nine years at the helm of the Harvard women's soccer program, leading the team to five Ivy League Championships during his tenure. The Crimson earned berths to five NCAA tournaments, and advanced to the second round in 2014 after routing Central Connecticut State in the opening game, 6-0. Leone was named the 2014 Ivy League Coach of the Year and mentored 38 All-Ivy League first or second team selections with the Crimson.
"I want to thank Bob Scalise and Nathan Fry, as well as all of the other fantastic people that supported me and my family during my wonderful tenure coaching for the Crimson," said Leone. "I could not have asked for more support and understanding during my tenure at Harvard; and, I am proud that we have left the program in great shape and the players will do great things in the future on and off the field."
"We thank coach Leone for the terrific job he has done as our women's soccer head coach for the past nine seasons, " said Bob Scalise, The John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics. "During his tenure, our program has been the standard in the Ivy League, and we are grateful for his leadership. We wish coach Leone and his family the best in the future and will always consider them members of the Harvard Athletics family."
The Harvard women's soccer program has been a mainstay atop the Ivy League standings since the program's inaugural season in 1977. The Crimson has earned 12 Ancient Eight championships and advanced to 15 NCAA tournaments while maintaining an all-time winning percentage of .630 (343-185-77).
"I am also forever indebted to Mike Calise and Chris Hamblin for all that they have done for me and Tracey, " Leone added. "I know what we accomplished here together was done as a team and I am confident that the program is in good hands," Leone continued. "I am blessed to have worked at Harvard, my team and former teams were tremendous to work with. I loved every minute of coaching Harvard women's soccer and I will always treasure my time here."
Harvard will conduct a national search for Leone's successor.