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University of the Cumberlands

University of the Cumberlands Athletics Dept
7526 College Station Drive Williamsburg, KY 40769
NAIA Kentucky Midwest
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Chris LeFevre

Chris LeFevre finished his fourth season as Head Coach of the University of the Cumberlands Men’s Soccer program in 2019. LeFevre, who was hired in 2016, has guided the Patriots to a 31-30-11 (16-11-2 Mid-South Conference) record over the course of his four seasons at UC.


In 2019, LeFevre led the men's soccer program to the NAIA Tournament for the first time in history. At the helm, he led the Patriots to the most single-season wins since 2015, finishing with an overall record of 10-7-2. He finished the year ranked in the NAIA across three statistical categories, including 25th for total shutouts with eight.


Under LeFevre, the Patriots have made the Mid-South Conference Tournament every year as the fourth seed or better, peaking as #3 in 2019. In 2016, LeFevre won his first MSC Tournament match with a 1-0 win over Shawnee State on 11/4/16. In 2019, the Patriots won the tournament opener against Cumberland 1-0 before falling to Lindsey Wilson in a 1-1 draw, 2-0 in shootout.


LeFevre has had one NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, six MSC First Team All-Conference selections, and 12 players garner Second Team All-Conference honors. In addition to his success on the field, the Patriots have had 60 players earn Academic All-Conference accolades, while eight players have been named Daktronics-NAIA All-Americans.


LeFevre is originally from Stockholm, New Jersey. Him and his wife of 14 years, Betsy, have two sons, Isaac and Micah. He graduated from Adelphi University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York in 2006 with a Masters' Degree in Sports Administration.


After his playing career, LeFevre became the head coach at Genessee Community College bolstering the program into a major player with an overall record of 41-17-1 in three seasons. While there, his teams were the Western New York Conference Champions in 2006 and 2007 and made an appearance in the Regional Final Four.


LeFevre made a stop at NCAA DI Binghamton University in 2008 as an assistant, helping the team finish with a 10-5-3 record and a sixth-straight conference final appearance before spending time at Adrian College (Michigan) from 2009-2013. At Adrian, he garnered a 31-53-13 record over five seasons and had the highest winning percentage in school history earning the first winning season record since 1983.


In 2015-2016, LeFevre was the head coach at NCAA DIII McMurray University. He has coached numerous NCAA All-Region players along with NJCAA and NSCAA All-Americans over his tenure, and his experience in the coaching realm is vast — covering all aspects of the game of soccer on various levels.


"This is a tremendous opportunity. UC has a beautiful campus and has the reputation as a strong academic institution. Not only is the university warm and welcoming, it's also a winner," said LeFevre. "The Patriots have a great tradition of success."


Coach LeFevre describes himself as relentless, detailed, and rational. He expects his players to work hard every day in every way with full effort. He wants his players to care about their teammates and the program.


UC Athletic Director Chris Kraftick commented, "Chris really impressed both myself and the committee during the interview process. His passion and energy for recruiting and developing players will be the cornerstone of his program. I cannot wait to see what he can do with the assets available to him at UC."

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Garry Lewis

Gerry Lewis began as the assistant men's soccer coach ahead of the 2020 season.

Lewis brings international expertise to Williamsburg as an assistant coach, previously working with the Turun Palloseura (TPS) Football Club in Turka, Finland. While with TPS, he oversaw 25 members of the reserve team, organizing and conducting training sessions.


Prior to TPS, Lewis worked as the First Team Assistant for Liikunnan Riemu ry in Jyväskylä, Finland. The squad earned a promotion into the premier league in Finland after winning the 2019 Finnish Futsal Cup Championship. Lewis concurrently earned his master’s degree in Social Sciences of Sport while coaching with the university sponsored team.


Lewis played professionally for Ekenäs Idrottsförening r.f. in Tammisaari, Finland from 2010 to 2014, selected as “Man of the Match” five times. In 2014, he returned stateside after signing a contract for two seasons with the Jacksonville Armada in Florida.


While in Jacksonville, Lewis began his coaching experience as the Youth Sport Director and a head coach for the Jacksonville Armada Youth Academy for two years. During his time there, he oversaw the improvement of his U14 team from being one of the weakest in the state to a top-10 finish in the State Cup.


In addition to his professional experience Lewis graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009, playing for the Tar Heels as well. Lewis served as the captain of his squad during his senior campaign as he led them to a runner-up finish in the 2008 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championships.

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Zach Weidman

Zach Weidman joined the men's soccer coaching staff ahead of the 2020 season as a graduate assistant.


Weidman finished his collegiate playing career across the NAIA at Spring Arbor University. A native to Concord, Michigan, he played four seasons with the Cougars and had an 81% win percentage as a goalkeeper. While at Spring Arbor, Weidman was the team’s NAIA Champion of Character nominee, as well as served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.


His coaching career began in 2014 as a goalkeeper coach for Jackson Christian high school women’s team. Under his tutelage, one keeper received an off from the defending NAIA National Champions. Weidman also serves as an instructor for CLJ Soccer Training, an organization run by British Virgin Islands national team member Lewis Jones.

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