Georgetown News
Men's Soccer - Tue, Mar. 4, 2008

Georgetown, Ky - For the first time in the history of Georgetown College Soccer, there are two head coaches to lead the programs, as former Tiger Leah Crews has been named head coach of the women's program and Georgetown native Derek Willis will head up the men's program.

Georgetown, Ky - For the first time in the history of Georgetown College Soccer, there are two head coaches to lead the programs, as former Tiger Leah Crews has been named head coach of the women's program and Georgetown native Derek Willis will head up the men's program.

"We feel like both Leah and Derek are great matches for our institution and that they will be able to pick right up because of their familiarity with Georgetown College," said Director of Athletics Eric Ward.

For Crews, who was an NAIA All-American during her 2004 senior season and was named the team's most valuable player three straight years, it is a dream opportunity.  "I have a strong sense of pride in what it takes to be a Georgetown Tiger," said the former goalkeeper.  "I am excited for the opportunity to carry on a strong tradition of sportsmanship, leadership and commitment in striving to accomplish a common goal."

While neither coach has prior collegiate coaching experience, both played college soccer and moved right into a coaching role upon their graduations.  Willis, a former goalkeeper at Centre College, will leave the Central Hardin High soccer program after serving as head coach for three seasons.  In addition, he coaches the Javanon club team and has served as an assistant at Scott County High and Berea College, as well as an instructor at many camps throughout the state.  "With my current club team (Javanon), I work with some of the top soccer talent in the state and many are heading to play in colleges throughout the nation," said Willis.  He hopes his association with the younger levels of soccer will help in recruiting quality players to the Georgetown campus.

Crews served as head coach of the Lexington Football Club for two years and as an assistant for Woodford County High.  She has made a name for herself by specializing as a goalkeeping coach.

 Both Crews and Willis have served as assistants in the Kentucky Olympic Development Program and hope to give students a competitive advantage on and off the field.  "I want to instill in my players that attitude reflects leadership," said Crews.  "I am very familiar with the demands of a smaller institution that stresses success in the classroom as much as success on the field and I hope to reference my experiences to help my students become successful individuals in all aspects of their lives."

 
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