Becky Burleigh

Last updated
Becky Burleigh
Sport(s) Women's soccer
Current position
Title Head coach
Team University of Florida
Conference SEC
Record 407–110–32 (.770)
Biographical details
Born (1967-10-13) October 13, 1967 (age 51)
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Playing career
1985–1988 Methodist College
Position(s) Defender, goalkeeper
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989–1993 Berry College
1995–Present University of Florida
Head coaching record
Overall 489–133–38 (.770)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
NAIA (1990, 1993)
NCAA (1998)
SEC (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015)
SEC Tournament (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
Awards
NSCAA/Adidas National Coach of the Year (1998)
College Soccer Weekly Nat'l Coach of the Year (1998)
SEC Coach of the Year (1996, 2006, 2008, 2010)

Rebecca Lund Burleigh (born October 13, 1967) is an American college soccer coach and former college soccer player. She is the current head coach of the Florida Gators women's soccer team of the University of Florida. Burleigh is best known for coaching the Gators soccer team to a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I national championship in 1998.

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Coaching career

Burleigh was named the first head coach of the start-up Florida Gators soccer program on June 28, 1994. [1] Through the conclusion of the 2010 season, she has compiled a record of 407–110–32 (.772) as the head coach at the Gators. [2] Burleigh's Gators teams have qualified for the NCAA Tournament thirteen of the last fifteen seasons. [2]

In 1998, in the Gators soccer program's fourth year of existence, Burleigh coached the Gators to their first NCAA national title by defeating the defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels 1–0 in the final. [3] The 1998 Gators finished 26–1, their only regular season loss coming to the same North Carolina team that the Gators defeated in the NCAA championship final. [3] Players from her 1998 national championship team included All-Americans Danielle Fotopoulos, Heather Mitts and Erin Baxter. [3]

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Burleigh's Gators play in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In conference play, her Gators teams have won thirteen SEC championships, and ten SEC tournament titles, leading all other SEC teams since the Florida soccer team began play in 1995. [4]

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Prior to coaching at Florida, Burleigh was the head coach at Berry College, located in Mount Berry, Georgia. [1] She was offered the Berry job within weeks of her own college graduation, at the age of 21. [1] From 1989 to 1993, Burleigh compiled an 82–23–6 overall record during her five seasons at Berry, and her Lady Fury teams won two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championships in 1990 and 1993. [1]

Berry College college located in Mount Berry, Floyd County, Georgia

Berry College is a private, four-year Christian liberal arts college located in Mount Berry, Floyd County, Georgia, United States, just north of Rome. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Berry was founded in 1902 by Martha Berry. With 27,000 acres (110 km2), Berry College boasts the largest contiguous campus in the world.

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As a head coach, Burleigh has compiled an overall career record of 489–133–38, with a winning percentage of 0.770. [1] She ranks third in total number of all-time wins among Division I coaches, and fourth among active coaches in winning percentage. [1] During her tenure at Florida, Burleigh has coached seventeen All-American players. [2]

Playing career

During her collegiate playing career at Methodist College, Burleigh was a four-year varsity letterman in soccer for the Lady Monarchs, including Methodist's first four seasons as a varsity program. [5] During her four seasons of play, she helped Methodist to a 55–19–4 (.731) record, four Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (DIAC) championships, three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, and a trip to the 1988 Division III Final Four. [5] Burleigh played defense for her first three seasons, and served as the team's goalie as a senior. [5] She was a three-time First-Team All-DIAC selection and earned First-Team All-South honors in 1988. [5] In 1999, she was inducted into the Methodist University Hall of Fame. [5] She played under Head Coach Joe Pereira, who went on to a successful career at Old Dominion University following his departure from Methodist. She attributes him as one of the people she admires. [6]

Personal

Burleigh grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida, where she began to play youth soccer at the age of ten. [1] She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in biology from Methodist College (now known as "Methodist University") located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1989. [1] In 1993, Burleigh earned her master's degree in exercise science from Georgia State University located in Atlanta, Georgia. [1]

Coaching Record [7]

YearSchoolWinsLossesTiesPostseason
1989Berry (Ga.)1932NAIA National Runner-up
1990Berry (Ga.)1652NAIA National Champions
1991Berry (Ga.)1850NAIA third place national finish
1992Berry (Ga.)1161Advanced to NAIA Southeast Regional
1993Berry (Ga.)1841NAIA National Champions
1995Florida1442DNP
1996Florida2230NCAA Quarterfinals
1997Florida2031NCAA Second Round
1998Florida2610NCAA Champions
1999Florida2120NCAA Second Round
2000Florida1680NCAA Second Round
2001Florida2141NCAA Semifinals
2002Florida10102DNP
2003Florida1942NCAA Quarterfinals
2004Florida1643NCAA First Round
2005Florida1361NCAA First Round
2006Florida1465NCAA Round of 16
2007Florida1753NCAA Round of 16
2008Florida1941NCAA Round of 16
2009Florida1662NCAA Second Round
2010Florida1923NCAA Second Round
2011Florida1780NCAA Second Round
2012Florida1951NCAA Round of 16
2013Florida1851NCAA Second Round
2014Florida1742NCAA Quarterfinals
2015Florida1941NCAA Round of 16
2016Florida1751NCAA Round of 16
2017Florida1770NCAA Quarterfinals
Total:48913338

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