Nate Lie (pronounced LEE) was announced as XU’s new head women’s soccer coach on May 13, 2017. Lie came to Xavier after serving as University of Cincinnati associate head coach. Lie, who joined UC in January of 2013 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, previously spent four seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for his alma mater, Miami University.
“We are excited to welcome Nate onboard at Xavier,” said Xavier Director of Athletics Greg Christopher. “He's been part of rebuilding processes before and knows the energy and work needed to turn programs around. Nate brings impressive experience to Xavier, he's well-respected in recruiting circles and he understands all facets of running a program.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to represent such a prestigious university,” said Lie, who was the “head coach in waiting” at UC. Now he gets his head coaching chance at Xavier. “I am eager to begin the process of reestablishing Xavier’s program and doing it with honor and integrity. I’d like to start by thanking (Director of Athletics) Greg Christopher, (Associate AD) Brian Hicks and the entire search committee. I’d be remiss if I also didn’t thank the two head coaches I have worked for, Neil Stafford at UC and Bobby Kramig at Miami, for being great mentors and helping me get to this point in my career. Lastly, I must thank my wife Emily for her constant patience, guidance and support. I can’t wait to get started.”
Lie was in charge of the UC defense under head coach Neil Stafford, a stingy unit that helped the Bearcats finish 11-5-4 in the fall of 2016 with a 0.99 goals against average and nine shutouts. UC has compiled a 42-30-12 record in the four years Lie has been on Stafford’s staff.
The success of the 2016 season came on the heels of a very successful 2015 campaign. The 2015 Bearcats finished 13-6-5 and captured the American Athletic Conference tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. UC upset top-seeded and 10th-ranked UConn in the semifinals and won the title on penalties following a 1-1 draw against second-seeded and 18th-ranked USF in the final. Following the season, he was selected as UC’s Assistant Coach of the Year in a vote by members of the Athletics Department.
In the first two seasons Lie spent on the UC campus the progress began to show. After a four-win season in 2012, prior to his arrival, the Bearcats went 8-11-1 in 2013 and 10-8-2 in 2014, setting the stage for the success of the last two seasons.
During his four-year stint at Miami prior to UC, the RedHawks compiled an overall record of 54-26-5, including 25-14-5 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). In 2012, Lie helped guide Miami to the MAC regular-season and tournament titles as well a trip to the second round of the NCAA Championship after the RedHawks went 20-3-1 overall and 10-0-1 in MAC play.
As a student-athlete at Miami from 1996-2000, Lie was a two-time Academic All-MAC selection for the men’s soccer program, earning First-Team Academic All-MAC honors in 1998, in addition to Academic All-Ohio accolades that same season. In 1997, Lie earned Second-Team All-MAC honors. He graduated from Miami in 2000 with bachelor’s degrees in economics and finance, and received a graduate degree in sports management from Miami in 2015.
Nate lives in Pleasant Ridge with his wife Emily, sons Michael (5) and Josh (1), and daughter Grace (3).
Kelsey Hunyadi, Assistant Women's Soccer Coach
Kelsey Hunyadi joined Xavier Athletics in June 2017 as an assistant coach for Nate Lie.
Hunyadi, a native of Dublin, Ohio, came to Xavier from UC Davis, where she has been in the role of assistant coach since February. Prior to working with the Aggies, Hunyadi spent a season as the director of soccer operations as Texas Christian University.
At TCU, Hunyadi managed the day-to-day operations and assisted in player development for a team that won 12 games, the second most in program history, and earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.
During her time in Texas, Hunyadi also served as head coach of the U14 girls team for the Dallas Texans Club program.
Prior to TCU, Hunyadi spent time as an assistant at Youngstown State, Kentucky and Capital University, as well as with the Ohio Premier Soccer Club.
Hunyadi played over 6,200 minutes through 64 matches during her college career. She began her collegiate playing career at Louisville in 2007, earning third-team All-BIG EAST as a freshman and earning BIG EAST Player of the week three times during a pair of seasons.
Hunyadi played the final two seasons of her collegiate career at Kentucky, earning second-team All-SEC as a senior after a 14-goal, 38-point season. Each mark fell one tally shy of setting the UK single-season record. Hunyadi also recorded 10 assists as a senior, the second most in UK single season records and set a single-season record of 90 shots.
Hunyadi graduated from Kentucky in May 2012 with a Bachelors of Political Science. She holds USSF “D,” “E” and “F” Licenses.
Renee Horton, Assistant Women's Soccer Coach
Renee Horton joined Nate Lie's women's soccer staff in August 2018. Horton came to Xavier from Lander University in Greenville, S.C. where she had served as an assistant coach since 2016.
Horton brings over 15 years of college and club soccer coaching experience to Xavier's staff. Prior to Lander, Horton served as an assistant Director of Coaching for the Cincinnati United and was a staff coach for CUP.
Prior to Cincinnati United, Horton spent 14 years serving as a staff coach for Florida ODP, including as a lead staff coach for six years. Horton also served on the Region III ODP staff. Horton holds a USSF "C" License and also has her USSF National Youth License.
As a defender at the University of South Florida, Horton started 42 of the 63 matches she appeared in, helping the Bulls to a 37-27-6 record during her career. Following her time at USF, Horton played three seasons in the W-League.
Horton earned a bachelor's in communication from South Florida in 2000.
Taylor Spradling, Director of Goalkeeping
Taylor Spradling joined Nate Lie's staff at Xavier in June 2017. Spradling came to the Musketeers after working with the Cincinnati Sirens women’s professional team as an assistant, specializing in goalkeeper development since 2015. Spradling, a Cincinnati native, had also worked with the Ohio South Olympic Development Program and Fairfield Optimist Soccer Club since 2015.
Prior to returning to the Cincinnati area in 2015, Spradling spent a pair of seasons at Belmont University, working as an assistant specializing in goalkeeper development for the women’s soccer program.
Spradling has also previously spent time as an assistant coach for men’s soccer at Cincinnati State and as head coach at Ursuline Academy.
Spradling played collegiate soccer at Northern Kentucky from 2009-11 and spent 2010-11 with the Cincinnati Kings of the Premier Arena Soccer League. He holds a Bachelors of Criminology from NKU and a Masters in Sports and Recreation Science from Ohio University. He holds a USSF “C” License as well as Premier Diploma, Director of Coaching Diploma and Advanced Goalkeeper Diploma from NCSAA.