In three seasons at Cincinnati, associate head coach Nate Lie (pronounced LEE) has been part of a growing trend of success the Bearcats have enjoyed. Heading into the 2016 season, the Bearcats’ defensive unit will look to continue to excel as it did under Lie’s guidance in 2015.
En route to a banner season, the Bearcats relied on a stingy defense that limited its opponents to 22 goals in 24 matches and posted 12 shutouts, the third-most in a single season in the program’s 36-year history. That same defense helped protect the home pitch, too, as the Bearcats went 7-2-2 on the year and posted eight of their 12 shutouts.
All told, the 2015 Bearcats captured the American Athletic Conference tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. Vanessa Gilles was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Tournament as UC upset top-seeded and 10th-ranked UConn in the semifinals and won the title on penalties following a 1-1 draw against second-seeded and 18th-ranked USF in the final. Following the season, he was selected as UC’s Assistant Coach of the Year in a vote by members of the Athletics Department.
During the three previous seasons, Lie has assisted Stafford and the program to 31 victories, which ranks as the most by a coaching staff in a head coach’s first three seasons with the program. With a 13-6-5 record in 2015, the program now has won 10 or more matches in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000-02.
In his time with the Bearcats, he has aided Stafford in turning the program around on the field and off. UC has accumulated a record of 31-25-8 the last three seasons. Off the field, Lie has helped the Bearcats post a program record GPA of 3.502 in 2014 before bettering that standard in 2015 with a 3.512 GPA. All told, the team’s GPA ranked in the Top 5 among all varsity UC teams for the 2015-16 academic year.
Prior to joining UC in January 2013 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, he spent four seasons as an assistant coach for his alma mater, Miami University. During his four year stint in Oxford, the RedHawks compiled an overall record of 54-26-5, including 25-14-5 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
In 2012, Lie helped guide Miami to the MAC regular-season and tournament titles; as well a trip to the second round of the NCAA Championship after the RedHawks went 20-3-1 overall and 10-0-1 in MAC play.
In his first year on the sidelines, Lie helped lead Miami to the Mid-American Conference tournament championship game.
As a student-athlete at Miami from 1996-2000, Lie was a two-time Academic All-MAC selection for the men’s soccer program, earning First-Team Academic All-MAC honors in 1998, in addition to Academic All-Ohio accolades that same season. In 1997, Lie earned Second-Team All-MAC honors. He graduated from Miami in 2000 with bachelor’s degrees in economics and finance.