Alese Woolard adds Chris Leshinski as assistant soccer coach

Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern soccer coach Alese Woolard has announced the addition of Chris Leshinski as an assistant coach on her staff. 

"I am excited to have Chris join our program, Woolard said. "His previous coaching experiences will be a great addition.  He is familiar with MSSU and our soccer program and he is aware of the expectations that we have. His knowledge of the game will serve us well as we look to the future of MSSU Soccer."

Leshinski brings a wealth of coaching experience to Southern after having worked at both the high school and collegiate level. Spending 14 of the last 15 years as a high school coach in Texas and Arkansas, Leshinski won a state championship in 2006 at Rogers High School in Arkansas earning NSCAA Arkansas Coach of the Year honors along the way. Getting his start in high school coaching in 1998, Leshinski stepped away from the prep ranks for a year in 2003 when he was an assistant men's soccer coach at the University of Dubuque (Iowa) before returning to coach high school. In addition to his high school coaching background, he has also coached club teams in Texas and Arkansas and was a staff coach with the Arkansas Olympic Development Program.

Holding a Premier Diploma and Level III National Goalkeeper Diploma through the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Leshinski will be responsible for assisting in all phases of the games along with helping with recruiting.

"I am honored Coach Woo has given me a chance to contribute to her program and be a part of the MSSU Lion family," Leshinski said.

A native of Dallas, Texas Leshinski grew up playing club soccer and attended the University of North Texas where he earned a Bachelor's of Psychology in 1996 and a Masters in Education Administration in 2001.