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Ireland named new coach for Lady Bisons soccer team

Friday, February 02, 2007

Feb. 2, 2007

Jon Ireland has been named as the new women's soccer coach for Lipscomb University.

Dr. Steve Potts, director of athletics for Lipscomb, made the announcement Friday afternoon.

"We are delighted that Coach Ireland has agreed to join us in leading our women's soccer program," Potts said. "His background and experience is impressive and, most importantly, his commitment to our institution's Christian mission is without question."

Ireland, 28, was the head coach last season for the women's soccer program at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., directing the NAIA team to a 10-8 record. He spent four years as an assistant coach at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., before making the move to Faulkner.

Ireland also has extensive coaching experience in other areas of soccer. He worked as an Olympic Development Program coach from 2000 to 2004. Four of his club teams combined to win seven state championships in Arkansas from 1997-2005.

His licenses include a USSF National "B" License, an NSCAA Goalkeeper Level I diploma and an NSCAA Goalkeeper Level II diploma.

Ireland played college soccer at Harding from 1999 to 2003. He served as team captain in 2002 and 2003. He was an All-Gulf South Conference selection in 2003. He was also the assist leader in the conference as well as a member of the All-Gulf South All-Academic Team.

Ireland graduated from Harding in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. He is working on his Master of Science in sports counseling at Harding.

He and his wife, Hailee, reside in Montgomery.