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Lesle Gallimore
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Redondo Beach, Calif.
High School: South Torrance (1981)
Alma Mater: California ('86)
Experience: 20 Years
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"I came to Washington and have stayed at Washington because it provides student-athletes with the opportunity to experience the best of everything and succeed in all areas of their lives."

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Lesle Gallimore

Lesle Gallimore enters her 21st season at Washington - the longest tenure of any coach in the Pac-12 - looking to continue the winning tradition she established when she arrived in Seattle in 1994.

In Gallimore’s 20-year tenure as the Husky women’s soccer coach she has recorded over 200 victories, has appeared in 12 NCAA tournaments -- twice having advanced as far as the quarterfinals -- and has won a Pac-10 Championship.

In all, Gallimore has a 206-167-38 record at Washington and 238-192-47 overall coaching in Division I. The longtime Washington coached picked up her 200th win for the Huskies against UNC Greensboro on August 25, in a game played in Hawai’i.

In the process of registering team victories, she has also overseen the individual development of players. Four of her former players, Hope Solo Tina Ellertson (Frimpong), Kate Deines and Veronica Perez are playing in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Both Solo and Frimpong have also spent time on the U.S. National team, with Solo currently the starting goalkeeper for the team that won a gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and was second at the 2011 Women's World Cup. She was recently chosen as the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year. Ellertson was on the U.S. roster for the 2007 Women's World Cup in China, while another of Gallimore's pupils, Clare Rustad, competed in the Olympics for Canada. Meanwhile, Perez and younger sister and current Dawg Amanda, play with the Mexican National Team. The elder Perez led Mexico into the 2011 World Cup and to a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games, while the younger Perez is representing Mexico at the 2014 U-20 World Cup.

Gallimore is well respected among her peers, as evidenced by the many awards she earned in 2000, all of them voted upon by other coaches. She was named the 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year by her conference colleagues and received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) West Region Coach of the Year award. Gallimore was voted the National Coach of the Year in a Soccer Buzz coaches poll. She was chosen to serve as an assistant coach on April Heinrich's U.S. National Team staff for the Algarve Cup in Portugal during March of 2001. The coach began earning a reputation early in her tenure at Washington. Her accomplishments in 1994 earned her a designation as the West Region Coach of the Year by the NSCAA and Umbro. She served as head coach of the West Team for the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival in both 1994 and 1995 and as the head coach of the Region IV Olympic Development Program as well.

A 1986 California graduate with a degree in psychology, Gallimore began her coaching career at San Diego State where she compiled a 32-25-9 record in four years. Gallimore was a four-time All-American at California (1982-85) and led the Golden Bears to the national playoffs three out of her four seasons. Later she was named the school's 1976-86 Athlete of the Decade. Following graduation, Gallimore continued to play soccer competitively while serving as an assistant at California from 1986 through 1989. She helped the Golden Bears reach the NCAA soccer Final Four twice, in 1987 and 1988.

A native of Redondo Beach, Calif., Gallimore graduated in 1981 from South Torrance High School. She obtained her United States Soccer Federation "A" License, the highest coaching license available, in 1993. She was the Region IV Olympic Development head girl's coach for six years. In February of 1999, Gallimore coached the U.S. U-19 National Team to a second-place finish in the inaugural USYS/adidas Cup. Gallimore has been a national staff coach for the NSCAA since 1995. She served on the NCAA National Committee for Division I Women's Championships, and was an at-large representative to the Board of Directors of the NSCAA. Gallimore lives in Seattle with her son, Zachary.

Washington Coaching Statistics (1994-2013)

Year Record Highlights
1994 13-6-2 NCAA second round
1995 12-8-0 NCAA second round
1996 12-8-0 NCAA Tournament
1997 7-12-0 Played four top-10 teams
1998 10-9-1 NCAA Tournament
1999 8-8-2 Played five top-12 teams
2000 18-3-0 Pac-10 Champion; NCAA Sweet 16
2001 13-5-2 NCAA second round
2002 9-8-3 Played seven top-10 teams
2003 11-7-3 NCAA Tournament
2004 17-5-1 NCAA quarterfinals
2005 0-17-3 Played both NCAA finalists
2006 7-12-1 Won Ohana Hotels tournament
2007 5-13-1 Played six ranked opponents
2008 15-6-1 NCAA Second Round
2009 12-6-4 NCAA Second Round
2010 13-9-2 NCAA Elite 8
2011 7-8-5 Tied two ranked teams
2012 10-8-3 NCAA First Round
2013 7-9-4 Tied at National Champ UCLA
Totals 206-167-38 12 NCAA Tournament appearances
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