Billy Lesesne begins his 14th season with the Duke women’s soccer program and his 11th as associate head coach. Lesesne helped lead the 2011 squad to the NCAA College Cup and was selected the Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Lesesne had spent three seasons as assistant coach before being promoted during the summer of 2004. In addition to his coaching duties at Duke, he was a North Carolina ODP state coach and Region III staff coach in 2002-03.
Lesesne came to Duke from Vanderbilt, where he served as current Duke head coach Robbie Church’s assistant for one season, guiding the team to the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament (SEC) in 2000.
Before his two-year stint at Vanderbilt, Lesesne was the head coach of the men’s and women’s soccer programs at his alma mater, Erskine College, for six years. There he earned several coaching honors, including NSCAA Division II Women’s South Region Coach of the Year and Carolina’s Virginia Athletic Conference Women’s Coach of the Year in 1997, after leading the Lady Fleet to a 15-2-1 record and the conference championship. He also won the Carolina’s Virginia Athletic Conference Messick Award for Sportsmanship in 1996, 1997 and 1998, as well as the conference award for highest graduation rates for student-athletes.
Lesesne began his coaching career at Cambridge Academy in Greenwood, S.C., in 1988 before serving as the assistant men’s coach at the College of Charleston from 1990-91. He also coached the South Carolina’s Boys’ State Olympic Development Program team from 1990-95 and the Girls’ State ODP team from 1996-99.
Lesesne enjoyed a successful playing career, playing three years of professional soccer with the Charleston Battery (USISL/A-League) and four years at Erskine College where he was a NAIA All-America his senior year and an NSCAA All-South honoree his last two seasons. He also earned NAIA All-District 6 honors from 1983-86 and was the Jake Todd/Erskine College Senior Athlete Award winner for the 1986-87 school year. He graduated from Erskine in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in biology/natural science.
Lesesne currently resides in Durham with his wife, Katie, and his two daughters Addison (10) and Victoria (9).