Lesle Gallimore

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Lesle Gallimore
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Gallimore coaching in Morocco in May 2012
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamUniversity of Washington
Biographical details
Born (1963-10-17) October 17, 1963 (age 55)
United States Los Angeles, California, United States
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–presentUniversity of Washington

Lesle D. Gallimore (born October 17, 1963) is an American soccer coach. She is currently the head coach of the women's soccer program at the University of Washington and is the winningest coach in Washington history. Her career victories in 22+ years of coaching rank in the top 25 in Division I women's soccer history.[1]

Gallimore has participated in 14 NCAA Tournaments, including three as a player at Cal Berkeley (1983, 1984, 1986), three as an assistant coach at Cal (1986–1988) and eight as the head coach at Washington (1994– 1996, 1998, 2000–2001, 2003–2004).[2]

Early life[edit]

Gallimore grew up in Redondo Beach, California and attended South Torrance High School.[3]

She was a four-time All-American defender at the University of California, Berkeley from 1982–1985 and helped lead the Golden Bears to the national playoffs three out of her four seasons. She earned second-team All-America honors in 1983 and 1985.[2] She was later named Cal's 1976–86 Athlete of the Decade.[3]

After graduating, Gallimore served as an assistant coach at Cal from 1986 through 1989.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

San Diego State University[edit]

From 1990–1993, Gallimore was the head coach at San Diego State University ending her tenure with a 32–25–9 (.553) record. While at SDSU she also won the National Amateur tournament as a player and captained the West to the Olympic Festival gold medal in 1993.[4]

Under her leadership, the Aztecs women's soccer program steadily gained prominence. San Diego State had just two games against Division I opponents prior to Gallimore's arrival in 1990, but by her second season they had a 9–6–3 record that included 12 Division I teams and five Top 20 opponents.[3]

University of Washington[edit]

Gallimore was hired as Washington's second head coach in February 1994, replacing the program's inaugural coach, Dang Pibulvech. Her first team broke the existing school records for most goals scored, fewest goals allowed and most shutouts. It was also the first appearance for the Huskies at the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the regional semifinal, but losing to the Stanford Cardinal, 6–5, on penalty kicks.[2]

United States women's national team staff[edit]

In March 2001, Gallimore served as assistant coach for the U.S. Women's National Team under head coach, April Heinrichs, for the Algarve Cup in Portugal.[2]

Sports Envoy[edit]

Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative[edit]

In April 2012, Gallimore traveled to Morocco with former United States women's national soccer team members Angela Hucles and Marian Dalmy on behalf of the United States State Department working for the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative. The group led soccer clinics and leadership training sessions for 104 young Moroccan female coaches as well as female coaches from Tunisia and Libya.[5]


Gallimore was named the University of California's Athlete of the Decade for 1976–86 and was inducted into the Cal Hall of Fame in 1995.[2]

She was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2000 and voted the 2000 National Coach of the Year in a poll of coaches conducted by Soccer Buzz.

Gallimore was twice named NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year, in 1994 and 2000.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pac-12 Leaders Up Next For Huskies". University of Washington. Retrieved December 2, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Washington Huskies 2008 Women's Soccer" (PDF). University of Washington. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "Lesle Gallimore bio". University of Washington. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
  4. ^ "Lesle Gallimore profile". Northwest Soccer Camp. Archived from the original on May 5, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
  5. ^ "Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports in Morocco". United States Department of State. Retrieved December 2, 2012.

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