Women's soccer adds Fortune to coaching staff
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
By Logan Butts
Women's soccer adds Fortune to coaching staff

NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team and head coach Kevin O’Brien will welcome Leah Fortune to the Bison staff as a new assistant coach.

Fortune comes to Nashville with a sterling resume as both a player and a coach.

Her previous coaching experience consisted of a two-year stint as an assistant for fellow ASUN member USC Upstate, while her professional playing career lasted four seasons with two teams.

She suited up for the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League, the highest level for women’s professional soccer in the United States, and the Charlotte Lady Eagles of the USL W-League. The midfielder also made six appearances with the Brazilian women’s national team between 2010 and 2014.

"What an amazing hire we have in Leah Fortune,” Lipscomb women’s soccer head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “The combination of her playing credentials with her heart for sports ministry is perfect for our program here at Lipscomb. She is a transformational soccer coach that is going to have an immediate and positive impact in the lives of our players both on and off the field.

"Leah has great energy, maturity, and a soccer intelligence that's second to none. I'm excited to continue building a championship culture here in Nashville with the incredible staff we have compiled.”

Fortune will be joining a Bisons squad that is fresh off back-to-back program-best 12-win seasons and consecutive appearances in the ASUN Championship. However, she is not just looking forward to joining the Lipscomb program for its winning ways.

“I am truly grateful to join the women's soccer program and athletic department at Lipscomb,” Fortune said. “I was drawn to be a part of this team not only because of the highly competitive D1 program, but also the commitment to having an authentic Christ-centered student-athlete culture. 

“I would like to thank Philip Hutcheson and Kevin O'Brien for this opportunity. I would also like to thank current and incoming players (and families) for the support and honor of being your new coach.”