Leigh Sears
Leigh Sears
Title: Head Women's Soccer Coach, Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Phone: 616-395-7693
Email: [email protected]
Year: 18th
Hometown: PhD, Ohio State; Master's, Ithaca (N.Y.); Bachelor's, B.A. Ohio Wesleyan
YEAR OVERALL MIAA NCAA
2017 19-3-1

14-1-1 (1st)

1-1
2016 15-4-2 12-2-2 (1st-tie) 0-1
2015 16-3-3 12-1-3 (2nd) ------
2014 17-4-2 14-1-1 (1st) 1-1
2013 16-4-1 12-3-1 (3rd) ------
2012 14-6-2 10-4-2 (2nd-tie) ------
2011 12-8-0 10-6-0 (4th-tie) ------
2010 6-9-3 2-4-2 (7th) ------
2009 8-9-1 4-3-1 (5th) ------
2008 13-6-0 7-3-0 (3rd) ------
2007 10-8-1 6-3-1 (3rd-tie) ------
2006 9-8-2 6-4-1 (2nd) ------
2005 18-2-1 15-1-0 (1st-tie) 0-0 (lost in shootout)
2004 13-5-2 11-1-2 (1st) 0-1
2003 Academic leave    
2002 12-7-1 11-2-1 (2nd) ------
2001 7-11-1 4-9-1 (5th (tie) ------
2000 5-11-1 5-8-1 (5th) ------
CAREER 210-108-24 155-66-20  

Over 17 seasons, Dr. Leigh Sears has become Hope's winningest women's soccer coach with a 210-108-24 overall record. She has guided the Flying Dutch to four Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships and four appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

As a collegian, Sears was a three-sport standout at Ohio Wesleyan University. She was an all-conference player in the North Coast Athletic Conference in three sports — soccer, basketball, and track. In her senior year in soccer, she was voted the Ohio and conference player of the year and achieved All-America recognition as a midfielder. In 1998 she was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan University Athletic Hall of Fame.

After receiving her bachelor of arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan, Sears earned the masters of science degree from Ithaca College (N.Y.) and in 2007 was awarded the Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University.

Prior to coming to Hope, Sears was the women's soccer coach at Marietta College, Ohio (1994-99). In addition to her teaching and coaching responsibilities at Marietta, she was faculty advisor to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Sears has served a chief clinician for women at the Ohio High School Soccer Coaches Association and has been a member of the NCAA Division III Great Lakes region women's soccer advisory committee.

Sears has been a director and clinician at numerous soccer and basketball camps.

A member of the kinesiology faculty, she holds the rank of associate professor.