University of North Alabama

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UNA Box 5071 Florence, AL 35632
Division 1 Alabama Southeast
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Chris Walker

In his first five seasons as head women’s soccer coach at the University of North Alabama, Chris Walker has the Lions to a solid 58-27-7 record that includes reaching the championship match of the 2014 Gulf South Conference Tournament, winning the regular-season and post-season GSC titles in 2015 and advancing to the NCAA Division II South Regional in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Walker’s first squad in 2013 went 8-8-2 before the 2014 Lions posted a 14-4-1 mark. That team included the Division II National Player of the Year in junior Chloe Richards, who led Division II in four categories, including most goals and most points.

For his part, Walker was voted the 2014 Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year by the other league coaches.

In 2015, Walker led UNA to a 15-3-2 record and the Lions hosted the GSC Tournament for the first time after winning the regular-season GSC crown. After claiming the GSC Tournament title as well, UNA hosted an NCAA South Region event for the first time and made the program's sixth NCAA post-season appearance in the last seven years.

UNA went 8-8-0 in 2016 with a 7-5 Gulf South Conference mark and followed this past season with a 13-4-2 mark hat landed the Lions back in the NCAA Division II South Regional for the third time in his five years at the school and the seventh time in the last nine years.

Walker is the fourth head coach in the 21-year history of the UNA women’s soccer program and came to Florence after serving as an assistant coach at Lee University.

Walker, a Lee graduate and former player on the men’s soccer team there, served as an assistant coach with the Lee women’s team for the three years and helped lead the Flame to two NAIA National Championships.

At UNA, Walker followed Graham Winkworth who posted a 111-81-8 record with the Lions over 10 years and led UNA to four consecutive NCAA Division II Regional Tournaments from 2009-12.

Walker had a successful playing career for the Lee Flames and was an integral part of the squad that qualified for the NAIA national tournament in 2005. He was a captain of the Flames squad and earned all-conference honors on three different occasions. He graduated from Lee in December 2006 with a B.A. in Business Administration and then served as a graduate assistant for the Lee men’s team in 2006-07.

In 2008, Walker moved to Tennessee Tech where he worked as the top assistant and finished his M.A. in Education in July 2008. He was also working as a director of coaching at Westfields Soccer Club in Indiana before returning to Lee in 2010 as assistant coach with the women’s program.

Over his last three seasons at Lee, the school had the best women’s soccer program in the history of the NAIA. Winning three Southern States Athletic Conference regular season and tournament title and back-to-back national championships (2010-11). Lee holds the highest winning percentage in NAIA national tournament play in the history of the organization. Lee also went all three seasons without a loss in league play.

Also during Walker’s time as an assistant at Lee, in addition to the numerous individual awards earned on the field by Flame players, the team carried at least a 3.3 grade point average all three years and was recognized by the NSCAA and NAIA as an Academic Team Scholar Award winner.

Walker is married to former Lee University soccer player, Tiffany Cox Walker and they have a son, Benjamin.

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Hollie Loud

Former University of North Alabama women's soccer standout Hollie Loud returned to her alma mater in May of 2016 to serve on Chris Walker's staff as assistant coach for the Lions and has completed two seasons on the UNA coaching staff.

Loud, who started 86 consecitive games for the Lions from 2008-11 and was a two-time All-Gulf South Conference honoree, returned to UNA after four seasons as assistant coach at the University of West Alabama.

In her first season back at UNA the Lions went 8-8-0 overall and followed that with a stellar 13-4-2 campaign in 2017 that included advancing to the NCAA Division II South Regional Tournament.

A starter on UNA's first Gulf South Conference championship women's soccer team in 2011, Loud was a team captain four straight years and helped lead the Lions to three consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Loud earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UNA in 2012 and added a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from West Alabama in 2016.

While at West Alabama, Loud assisted with both the men's and women's soccer programs. She worked in recruiting and player development and coordinated the school's soccer clinics. UWA won men's GSC championships in 2014 and 2015 and the women's team received the inaugural GSC Fair Play award in 2015. While many of UWA's players received conference and regional awards, the teams also won the interdepartmental award for community service and an NSCAA Team Academic Award in both 2014 and 2015.

Loud helped form the Demopolis Elite Soccer Club and has worked with several other youth soccer associations and camps.

Prior to coming to UNA as a player, Loud played soccer at Filton College in Bristol, England where her teams won back to back national titles in 2006 and 2007. A team captain for Filton in 2007-08, she received four county champion medals and was part of the U18 Soutwest championship team.

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Kerry Edwards

After serving as a graduate assistant coach with the University of North Alabama women's soccer program in 2018, Kerry Edwards has been elevated to a full-time assistant position with the Lions.

Edwards spent the 2016 season at UNA as a graduate assistant before accepting a position as an assistant coach with the University of South Alabama for the 2017 season. She then returned to UNA in 2018 and helped direct the Lions to a solid 11-9-1 record in the school's first season as a member of NCAA Division I.

The McKinney, Texas native will continue to work with the UNA goalkeepers.

In 2015, Edwards started her coaching collegiate career at Southwest Oklahoma State. The Bulldogs posted 11 shutouts as a team and had a 1.19 GAA, while going 13-6-1 overall and 8-3-1 in the Great American Conference, good for third in the league standings.

SWOSU's goals against average ranked second in the GAC, and the 11 clean sheets were tied for first.

At UNA in 2016, the Lions' goalkeepers posted a 1.28 goals against average that ranked sixth in the Gulf South Conference.

In 2018, UNA had a 1.27 GAA, allowing just 27 goals in 21 matches played.

Prior to joining the staff at Southwest Oklahoma State, she spent the spring of 2015 as a volunteer assistant at McKinney North High School in McKinney, Texas.

Edwards was a highly-decorated player at Dallas Baptist, where she led DBU to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2011. She finished her career second in the Division II record books with 51 career shutouts, and third with over 8,018 minutes in goal.

She was named all-Heartland Conference and all-South Central Region in each of her four seasons, and was a two-time NCCAA All-American as well.

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