Billy Lesesne Named Georgia Soccer Head Coach


Georgia reached into the successful Duke University soccer program to find the next Georgia soccer head coach.

Former Duke University associate head coach Billy Lesesne has been named the fifth head coach of the Georgia soccer team.

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“We are proud and excited to announce Billy as our next head coach,” McGarity told “He will bring plenty of experience from a successful Duke University program, and we are looking forward to him leading us in the future. We are thrilled to welcome Billy and his family to Athens and to the University of Georgia.”

Lesesne comes to UGA following 14 seasons in Durham, the last 11 as the program’s associate head coach. In 2011 the Blue Devils reached the NCAA College Cup (“Final Four”) and Lesne was named the Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year that season. In his 14 seasons at Duke University, the Blue Devils reached a total of 12 NCAA Tournaments, including three straight trips to the “Elite Eight” from 2011-13.

Prior to his time in Durham, Lesesne served as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt for two seasons, guiding the Commodores to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament in 2000.

Lesesne’s previous head coaching experience came at his alma mater, Erskine College, where he spent six seasons. There, he served as the head coach of both the men’s and women’s programs.

After playing three years of professional soccer with the Charleston Battery (USISL/A-League) and four years at Erskine College, where he was an NAIA All-America selection his senior season and an NSCAA All-South Region honoree his last two seasons, Lesesne began his coaching career at Cambridge Academy in Greenwood, S.C. in 1988. He served as the assistant men’s coach at the College of Charleston from 1990-91, the South Carolina Boys’ State ODP team from 1990-95 and the Girls’ ODP team from 1996-99.