Jan. 15, 2010
PHILADELPHIA --- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is proud to announce Lee University (Tenn.) head coach Matt Yelton has been named the 2009 Brine-NAIA Women’s Soccer National Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. The honor was officially announced on Friday (Jan. 15) at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Annual Convention.
Yelton led Lee to its sixth consecutive Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament title and its second consecutive NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship this past season. The Lady Flames rolled through the national tournament, shutting out all five or their opponents, defeating unseeded Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), 2-0 in the title match. Lee ranked near the top nationally in a variety of statistical categories. The Lady Flames were first in total assists (80), second in total goals (91) and third in total shutouts (14).
“I think it is a tremendous compliment to our players and what they bring to the program, said Yelton.” “As a coach, it is about getting the right players and any awards that I receive speaks volumes about the type of players that we have. The success of this program is due to the players that have pushed it to where it is now.”
Yelton’s record is 157-29-5 in eight seasons at Lee and 211-69-10 in 13 seasons overall. He also spent five seasons at King College (Tenn.). He has had a player named to the NAIA All-America team 20 times in his career, 19 times at Lee and once at King. Six of Yelton’s players were named to the 2009 NAIA All-America Team. Brine-NAIA Player of the Year Christiane Christensen, her twin sister Linn Christensen and Marina Lima were all named First Team All-America. Sisters Jenna and Jamie Achten received Second Team All-America honors, while Leah Wilson earned Third Team All-America recognition.