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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 seven seasons as head women’s soccer coach at the University of North Alabama, Chris Walker has led the Lions to a solid 75-47-8 record that includes reaching the championship match of the 2018 ASUN Conference Tournament in the program's first season in Division I and in the ASUN.


The Lions posted a 11-9-1 overall mark in 2018 and won the first five matches of the Division I era, including back-to-back road shutouts of Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State. UNA finished 3-4-1 in ASUN play to finish sixth in the regular-season standings and earned a spot in the ASUN Tournament. The Lions downed Kennesaw State 2-1 in the opening round and NJIT 3-0 in the semifinal to claim a spot in the finals against Lipscomb in Nashville. The Bisons held off UNA for a 3-2 win to claim the league title.


North Alabama was 6-11 in 2019, battling through numerous injuries to finish 2-6 in the ASUN. That 2019 record included four road wins.


Walked previously led UNA to the championship match of 2014 Gulf South Conference Tournament, won regular-season and post-season GSC titles in 2015 and advanced 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. He officially became an American citizen in October of 2019.

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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 four seasons on the UNA coaching staff.


In 2018, Loud helped direct the Lions to an 11-9-1 overall mark in the program's first season of Division I competition. UNA won two matches in the ASUN Conference Tournament and advanced to the championship match before falling 3-2 to Lipscomb.


Loud, who started 86 consecutiive 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.


Loud has earned an Advanced National Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches and also completed United Soccer Coaches Goalkeeping Level 1 & 2.


She is also a graduate of the 2018 NCAA Women Coaches Academy class #44 that was held in Denver, Colo. The NCAA Women Coaches Academy, hosted in partnership between WeCOACH and the NCAA, is a four-day educational training available to NCAA coaches of all experience levels, and is designed for women coaches who are ready to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affet their personal and team success.


While at UNA, Loud coached the 2019 ASUN Conference scoring champion in Shelby Wall and another All-ASUN Conference team member in Kate Wiseman. Wall was also an Academic All-ASUN selection. In 2018, UNA had four players earn All-ASUN Conference honors, along with two members of the All-Freshman team and three All-ASUN Tournament team selections.


The UNA soccer program has continued to excel off the field as well, posting a cumulative 3.74 team grade point average in 2018-19.


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. Her 20 career goals scored still rank 12th best in school history and she added 14 career assists.


A 2011 Academic All-Gulf South Conference honoree, 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 continues to work with several other youth soccer associations and camps, including the Shoals Soccer Club.


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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