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Brian Lee - Rice Soccer, Head Coach

Brian Lee, who led LSU to six NCAA Tournament appearances, four SEC West Division titles and 143 wins in 10 seasons with the Tigers, has been named the third head coach in the history of Rice soccer, Rice Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard announced on March 29.

Lee, 47, was named the 2018 South Region Coach of the Year and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year by United Soccer Coaches after leading the Tigers to the SEC Tournament championship last November. LSU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship for the third time under Lee, defeating Boston University. Lee has recruited and coached 46 players to All-SEC honors and ten to All-America accolades.

"I knew when I met Brian that he'd be a great fit for Rice University," said Joe Karlgaard. "He's a highly experienced leader who has coached championship programs at a private school and in the SEC. He embraces our model of academic and competitive excellence, and he cares deeply for the student-athlete. I'm excited for him to lead Rice soccer into the future."

"I would like to thank Joe Karlgaard, Stacy Mosely, Rick Mello and the rest of the Rice leadership team for entrusting me with the stewardship of the soccer program," said Lee. "The opportunity to recruit and coach the very best student-athletes at one of the nation's elite academic institutions is a privilege and a honor. Rice has everything you need to compete for championships and national prominence and I am looking forward to building on the strong foundation Nicky Adams has established over the last decade."

Prior to LSU, Lee started the women's soccer program from scratch at his alma mater (Furman) and coached there 11 seasons beginning in 1994. He amassed an eye-opening 144-80-10 overall record, including an impressive 76-16-3 mark in conference play. The Paladins advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times and were 36-2-0 in conference play during a four-stretch from 1999-2002. He was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year five times and was a finalist for the NSCAA National Coach of the Year.

His teams' success on the field, however, is only part of the resume. In the classroom Lee-coached programs have earned 10 NSCAA Team Academic Awards for maintaining a 3.0 grade point average. A total of 137 of his players at LSU, and another 122 student-athletes at Furman, were named to the respective Academic Honor Rolls of the SEC and Southern Conference.

A successful student-athlete in his own right, Lee earned four varsity letters with the Furman men's soccer team from 1989-92. The native of Cheltenham, England, was an integral part of three Southern Conference titles. He was voted team captain and selected as the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior. He also led his team to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance, as well as a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1991.

Lee graduated from Furman in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He and his wife, the former Nancy Repsher of Westboro, Massachusetts, have two children – Aidan (15) and Abby (14). Lee is only the third head coach in the history of the Rice Soccer program. Since its inaugural year in 2001, Rice Soccer has won four Conference USA championships, including the league tournament in 2005 & 2014 and regular season titles in 2012 & 2017.

Megan Kinneman- Rice Soccer, Assistant Coach

Former LSU assistant coach Megan Kinneman has joined the Rice Soccer staff as an assistant coach, announced Owl head coach Brian Lee.
 
Kinneman had served the previous two seasons as an LSU assistant coach, where the Tigers won a SEC Championship and advanced to the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. A year ago Kinneman coached LSU goalkeeper Caroline Brockmeier to SEC Tournament MVP honors, as well as a pair of new single season school records for saves and shutouts (records which Kinneman previously held).
 
“Megan is one of the top young coaches in college soccer," said Brian Lee. “She is an elite goalkeeper trainer, but brings so much more to the program. She is a tireless recruiter, tactically astute and a great culture builder. Most of all, she is a wonderful person with a strong moral compass that our players can be confident in leaning on as a coach, role model and mentor.”

Kinneman in fact set a host of school records in a sensational four-year playing career at LSU from 2010-2013. She finished as the Tigers’ all-time record holder for career saves (284) while ranking second on the school’s list for complete  game shutouts (17) and third in goalkeeper wins (24). Her success on the field was only part of the story as she was a two-time selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, a SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, and member of the SEC Community Service Team.
 
After graduating from LSU with a degree in sport administration and a concentration in sport commerce with a minor in business, Kinneman played professionally for two seasons for the Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League and Arna Bjornar FC in the Norwegian first division in 2014 and 2015.
 
While with the Dash in 2014 and 2015 she served as an assistant coach with Houston Dynamo/Dash Academy Goalkeeper Program. She has also been on staff at the Dynasty Goalkeeping Camp in Raleigh, North Carolina, since 2011, and coached the goalkeepers with the Catholic High School boys' team in Baton Rouge from 2012-14. Her first full time Division I coaching job was at UNC-Greensboro in 2016, where she tutored Chloe Buehler to all-conference honors as a junior.
 
As a native of nearby Missouri City, Texas, Kinneman already has a familiarity with club and high school teams throughout the greater Houston area. She was a member of the Under-15 U.S. Youth National Team player pool and a four-year veteran of the Region III Olympic Development Program. Kinneman played club at both Challenge and Eclipse, and she was a prep star at Elkins High School where she was tabbed as one of the Top 100 recruits in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
 
Kinneman has been certified by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America with the NSCAA National Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma as well as the USSF “E” License by the U.S. Soccer Federation.