Stafford Adds Lie, Curneen to Coaching Staff

Jan. 30, 2013

CINCINNATI — University of Cincinnati women’s soccer head coach Neil Stafford announced Wednesday the addition of Nate Lie and Gary Curneen to his coaching staff.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Nate and Gaz to the Bearcats family,” said Stafford. “They both bring excellent experiences that will complement each other incredibly well. I believe their personalities will contribute to developing the complete student–athlete. They both share a resilient enthusiasm to get the program back on track, to be more than just competitive and to put us in a position to win.”

Lie (pronounced LEE) joins the Bearcats as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator after spending the past four seasons in the same capacity for the women’s soccer program at his alma mater, Miami University. During his four-year stint at Miami, the RedHawks compiled an overall record of 54-26-5, including a 25-14-5 Mid-American Conference mark.

Most recently in 2012, Lie helped guide Miami to the MAC regular-season and tournament championships; as well a trip to the second round of the NCAA Championship after the RedHawks went 20-3-1 record (10-0-1 MAC).

Sixteen RedHawks garnered All-MAC honors during Lie’s tenure at Miami, including forward Jess Kodiak, who in 2012 was named a NSCAA third-team All-America selection and the MAC Offensive Player of the Year.

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.

Lie graduated from Miami in 2000 with bachelor’s degrees in economics and finance.

Curneen arrives in Cincinnati after serving the past nine seasons as the head coach for the Wingate University women's soccer program, where he compiled an overall record of 95-48-8. Curneen led the 2012 Bulldogs to a 14-3-1 overall record and their first NCAA tournament at-large bid. The Bulldogs went 13-1-1 in the regular season, going 8-1 in conference play for the second straight year and advancing to the South Atlantic Conference championship match for the third straight season.

Twenty of Curneen’s student-athletes earned All-SAC honors during his Wingate tenure, including: 2012 SAC Player of the Year Jade Montgomery, who led the nation in goals; 2011 All-America Kelly Adams, who led the nation in assists; and defender Heather Schlick, who was named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team. One of Curneen’s former student-athletes, Kerstin Williams, has gone on to the next level of soccer and signed a professional contract with Finnish team GBK.

The 2011 season was a historic year for Wingate, winning a program-record 16 matches. The Bulldogs went 16-4 on the year and defeated fifth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne in the SAC championship match to earn their first SAC tournament title and, subsequently, their first NCAA Tournament bid. Curneen held the previous program-record mark of 14 wins set in 2008.

In 2010, Curneen led the Bulldogs to a 13-3-3 overall record, and 7-1-1 in the SAC, which was good for a third-place finish in the conference, and their first appearance in the SAC tournament championship game.

Curneen served two seasons as assistant men’s soccer coach at Wingate prior to taking over the reins of the women’s soccer program. He assisted in all aspects of recruiting, practice and game management.

In addition to his coaching ledger at Wingate, Curneen has served the Union County Soccer Association as a team trainer for various age groups (U-9 to U-16). He has been an assistant director in the Olympic Development Program for the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA), directing all aspects of training for U-11 girls.

Curneen possesses an “A” coaching license from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). He holds the premier diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Curneen was a marketing intern for the Boston Bulldogs of the A League and the Boston Renegades of the W-League for two summers.

As a Bulldog student-athlete, Curneen earned four letters in men’s soccer for head coach Gary Hamill. Curneen helped Wingate earn its first NCAA Division II playoff berth in 1999. Curneen earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree (MBA) at Wingate University.