|Title:||Head Men's Soccer Coach|
Lee Squires enters his third season as the head men’s soccer coach at Lees-McRae College. The Lees-McRae alumnus owns a record of 18-17-4 in his first two seasons at the helm, including an 11-8-2 mark in Conference Carolinas play.
The 2012 season was a transitional year for Squires and the Bobcats, posting a 3-11-3 record while holding all but two opponents to two goals or less. The Bobcats kept each match close during the campaign, falling to eventual national champion Lynn University in a 1-0 extra time decision in the season-opener, and posting an unbeaten record against the league’s top two teams as part of a demanding schedule.
Two players garnered all-conference recognition during the 2012 season, as the team earned the program’s first-ever NSCAA Team Academic award with a combined grade point average of 3.16.
Squires continued to build upon the success of the previous four seasons in his first year at the helm in 2011, leading the Bobcats to runner-up finishes in the race for both the Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament titles. Squires led Lees-McRae to an impressive 15-6-1 overall record, including a 9-2 mark in conference play.
A native of Sheffield, England, Squires led Lees-McRae to a pair of victories over ranked opponents in 2011, including a thrilling 1-0 win over No. 7 Coker College in extra time. The Bobcats also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive season under Squires’ guidance, outlasting Anderson in the opening round before falling to No. 10 Flagler in extra time.
Lees-McRae placed a program-record five players on the NSCAA all-Southeast Region teams in 2011, while earning three selections to the Daktronics all-Southeast Region teams. Five Bobcats garnered all-conference recognition.
Squires led the Bobcats to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances in his playing career, including playing and scoring in the Final Four and playing in the National Final in 2009. A two-year captain, Squires enjoyed a tremendous career at Lees-McRae, concluding his tenure as the program’s all-time leader in points (149) and goals (67).
In his career with the Bobcats, Squires posted a pair of 20-goal seasons while garnering All-America honors on three occasions. The two-time conference player of the year tallied at least 10 goals in three of his four seasons with the Bobcats, netting 22 match-winners and recording 15 assists, concluding his playing career as one of the top players in program history.
Squires has also played in the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League, representing Ocean City Nor'eaters in 2008 and SC United Bantams in 2012.
Squires is a 2010 graduate of Lees-McRae, and is engaged to be married to fellow Lees-McRae graduate Sadie Williams. He holds a NSCAA national diploma as well as English FA coaching licenses. Squires did special topic diplomas in Mental/Physical Player Development and Soccer Management and Development.
|Title:||Men's Soccer Assistant Coach|
Rusling is in his first season as the men's soccer assistant coach after a highly-touted four-year career with the Bobcats.
A Sheffield, England native, Rusling impressed when he finished 30th in the nation in save percentage (0.802), 31st in total saves (81) and 42nd in saves per match (4.76) as a junior. He amassed 50 saves and blanked seven opponents with a 1.20 goals against average in his final year as a Bobcat.
In the Record Book: Third in career goals against average (1.06) and save percentage (0.773)…Fourth in shutouts (14)…Fifth in wins (24) and saves (187).
As a junior (2012): Ranked 30th in the nation in save percentage (0.802), 31st in total saves (81), 42nd in saves per match (4.76), and 56th in goals against average (1.12)…Third in the conference in goals against average, saves, and save percentage…Fifth-best single-season save percentage in program history (0.802)…Made seven saves in the season opener against eventual national champion Lynn (Aug. 31)…Kept a clean sheet with five saves against Catawba (Sep. 2)…Shut out North Greenville with four saves (Sep. 15)…Season-high nine saves against Limestone (Oct. 10).
As a sophomore (2011): NSCAA NCAA Division II all-Southeast Region Third team…All-Conference Carolinas Third team…Ranked 47th in the nation in save percentage (0.781), 62nd in goals against average (1.21), and 78th in saves per match (4.1)…Second in the conference in goals against average and fourth in save percentage…Tied for seventh-best single-season win total in program history (12)…Tied for eighth-best single-season shutout total (5)…Eighth-lowest single-season goals against average (1.16)…Appeared in 20 matches, making 19 starts…Allowed one goal or less in 13 matches, including five clean sheets…Back-to-back shutouts against Lenoir-Rhyne (Sep. 7) and St. Andrews (Sep. 10)…Posted a clean sheet against North Greenville (Sep. 17) with three saves…Kept a clean sheet against Belmont Abbey (Oct. 12) with six saves…Recorded a shutout at No. 5 Coker (Oct. 22) with six saves…Season-high eight stops in a 2-1 win at Limestone (Oct. 25).
As a freshman (2010): Daktronics NCAA Division II all-Southeast Region Second team…Conference Carolinas all-Tournament team and MVP…Led the conference in goals against average (0.93)…Tied for fifth in shutouts (four)…Appeared and started in 21 matches…Allowed one goal and made four saves against Limestone (Sep. 11)…First career shutout against Carson-Newman (Sep. 22)…Kept a clean sheet at Barton (Sep. 25)…Season-high six saves at North Georgia (Oct. 14)…Posted three straight shutouts in the conference tournament, including a clean sheet against Coker (Nov. 7) in the final with a season-high six saves.
High School: Graduated from Sheffield College in Sheffield, England…Played club soccer for Barnsley FC in Barnsley, England…Coached by Ronnie Branson and Mark Burton.
Personal: Born on Nov. 14, 1991 in Rotherham, England…Son of Fraser and Bev Rusling…Has one brother, Danny (17)…Majoring in sport science…Plans to pursue a professional coaching carrer at the collegiate level…Dean’s List.