COACHING STAFF

MICHELLE LENARD

Title: Head Coach

Michelle Lenard is entering her 11th year as the Head Coach of the Women’s Soccer Team at Dallas Baptist University.  In 10 seasons at the helm, Lenard has amassed a career record of 140-67-14 and has guided the Patriots to the NCAA postseason seven times, including a South Central Regional title and trip to the Elite Eight in 2015.

DBU is coming off their fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2018 after winning the Heartland Conference Tournament and securing the league's automatic bid.  Lenard's squad went on to defeat a pair of nationally ranked teams in No. 25 Westminster and No. 4 Colorado School of Mines en route to a trip to the South Central Regional Final.

The 2017 season saw Lenard and the Patriots clinch the Heartland Conference regular-season and tournament titles, lifting DBU to their fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.  The Patriots also earned the No. 1 seed in the South Central Regional and hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

In 2016, DBU won the Heartland Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament where they defeated Colorado State-Pueblo in the first round.

The 2015 season was a banner year for the Patriots as Lenard led DBU to both the regular-season and tournament titles in the Heartland Conference, as the Patriots advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in a five-year span.  DBU would host the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament, where they clinched the regional title and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history.  Following the 2015 season, Lenard was recognized as the Heartland Coach of the Year, South Central Region Coach of the Year and was honored by the NCCAA with the Frank Jewel Award.

In 2014, Lenard guided the Patriots to a 14-5-1 record and their third trip to the NCAA postseason in the last four years, as DBU advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament in Golden, Colorado.  DBU also finished as the runner-up in both the Heartland Conference regular season and the Heartland Conference Tournament Championship.

In 2013, her team finished with an overall record of 17-7-1 and boasted an 8-1 mark in conference play.  After narrowly missing advancing to the NCAA tournament for the third year in a row, the Lady Patriots advanced to the NCCAA Regional and National Championships.  Following a very successful post-season run with five consecutive wins, scoring twelve goals, and holding the opponents scoreless, the Lady Patriots eventually fell in overtime of the NCCAA National Championship Game to Azusa Pacific.  The team posted a program best 16 shutouts over the season.

The 2012 season proved to be another record-setting year for the Lady Patriots.  Lenard led the team in their second consecutive Heartland Conference Championship as well as their first Heartland Conference Tournament Championship.  The team received an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, where they were the No. 1 seed in the South Central Region and hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The team finished the season with a historic 18-3 record and received a post season ranking of No. 17 in the country.

2011 also proved to be a successful and historic season for the Lady Patriots.  Lenard led the team to their first ever Heartland Conference Championship, followed by their first ever NCAA Tournament berth.  The Lady Patriot Soccer Team advanced to the round of sixteen in the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a 16-6-1 record and a post season ranking of No. 15 in the nation.  Lenard was also named the Heartland Conference Coach of the Year.

Lenard joined the DBU staff from the University of North Texas, where she served as an Assistant Coach from 2004-2006.  While Lenard was an assistant at UNT, the Mean Green won the Sunbelt Championship and Sunbelt Tournament Championship in 2004 and 2005, while also receiving NCAA Division I National Tournament berths each year.  Before starting her coaching stint at UNT, Lenard served as the Assistant Coach for the Women’s Soccer Team at Texas Woman’s University from 2003-2004.

Lenard, who is originally from Lubbock, Texas, graduated with a Masters of Education in Kinesiology from DBU in 2011 and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from UNT in 2003.  Lenard played center midfield on the UNT Mean Green Women’s Soccer Team from 1999-2002.  During her playing career, UNT won the 2001 Sunbelt Conference Championship and Lenard was named to the Sunbelt All-Conference Team, President’s List, Dean’s List, and Sunbelt All-Academic Team.  Lenard played semi-pro soccer for the Ft. Collins Force in 2002 and the Everton FC America in 2005 and holds an NSCAA Advanced National Coaching Diploma.

Michelle and her husband, Len E., were married in 2003 and they currently reside in Grapevine, Texas, with their sons, Keaton and Wyatt.  The Lenard’s attend Fellowship of the Parks Church in Grapevine.


LEA SEDWICK

Title: Assistant Coach

After playing soccer for Dallas Baptist University for the 2011-2014 seasons, Lea Sedwick is entering her fifth year on staff for the DBU Women’s Soccer team and serves as the team's Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. In her 2018 inaugural season as the Assistant Coach, Sedwick helped Coach Lenard lead the Patriots to their fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and reach the Round of 16 for the third time in DBU Women’s Soccer history.

As a player, Sedwick helped guide the Patriots to three trips to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament, a NCCAA National Runner-Up in 2013, and was recognized as an All-American all four years.  In 2011, she was the only freshman in the nation to be named to the NCAA All-America Team by the NSCAA, capping off a remarkable year in which DBU finished the year ranked No. 15 in the country.  As a sophomore in 2012, Sedwick was named a NCAA All-American by Daktronics and a NCCAA All-American.  As a junior in 2013, she earned NCCAA First Team All-American honors.  As a senior in 2014, she was named to the NCAA All-America squad by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  Along with her All-American honors, she also has the distinct honor of being named the Heartland Conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 and the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.

In 2014, Sedwick was named to the NCAA Division II Capital One First Team Academic All-America Team. She was twice named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team during her career.

Sedwick graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2015. In 2017, she graduated with her Master of Arts in Theological Studies from DBU and earned her NSCAA National Coaching Diploma. She resides in Kennedale and attends First Baptist Church Dallas where she is involved in the youth ministry.


JENNIFER GOTHE

Title: Graduate Student Assistant Coach

 


GRACE JOHNSON

Title: Graduate Student Assistant Coach

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