Tracey Leone—whose achieve­ments include two world titles as a coach and three national cham­pi­onships as a player—is the new head coach of the North­eastern women’s soccer team.

Leone spent the last three sea­sons as an assis­tant coach at Har­vard, where she helped lead the Crimson to back-​​to-​​back Ivy League cham­pi­onships in 2008 and 2009.

To say that we are thrilled to wel­come a coach and person the quality of Tracey would be an under­state­ment,” said North­eastern ath­letics director Peter Roby. “Tracey brings world class qual­i­fi­ca­tions to our women’s soccer pro­gram and to North­eastern. We are excited for her and for our student-​​athletes.”

As the founding head coach of Clemson’s women’s soccer pro­gram, starting in 1993, she led the Tigers to six con­sec­u­tive NCAA Tour­na­ment appear­ances. She served as an assis­tant coach to the gold-​​medal win­ning U.S. women’s soccer national team during the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, and won a world cham­pi­onship in 2002 as the head coach for the United States Soccer Fed­er­a­tion Under-​​19 women’s national team.

As a mid­fielder for the Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina in the mid-​​1980s, Leone helped the Tar Heels win three national cham­pi­onships, playing for leg­endary head coach Anson Dorrance.

Leone takes over a Huskies team that has enjoyed suc­cess over the past two sea­sons. In 2008, the Huskies won the Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship, and won a first-​​round game in the NCAA Tour­na­ment. Last year, North­eastern won the reg­ular season con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship, com­piling a 7–1-3 con­fer­ence record.