Cally Morrill is in her third season as the head women’s soccer coach at Lees-McRae, entering the 2012 season as the reigning Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year after leading the Bobcats to their first league title since 2000.
Morrill took the program to new heights in 2011, leading the Bobcats to a school-record 11-1 mark in conference play en route to the program’s first league title since 2000, finishing with an overall record of 13-5-3. Under Morrill’s leadership, the Bobcats also captured the school’s first-ever conference tournament championship, securing a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
For her efforts, the Sarasota, Fla. native was named the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year, as the Bobcats placed seven players on the all-conference teams, including Freshman of the Year Meagan Thornton.
Morrill came to Lees-McRae in December 2009 after serving three seasons as an assistant coach at nearby Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., taking the reins of a women’s soccer program which finished fifth in Conference Carolinas with an 11-7-1 overall record that fall.
The University of Alabama graduate made an immediate impact in her first season, leading the Bobcats to a 14-6 finish, which marks the program’s best record since the 2000 campaign when LMC posted a 17-6 overall mark. Lees-McRae also posted its highest finish in the Conference Carolinas standings since the 2003 campaign, concluding the regular season with an 8-2 mark against league opponents en route to a semifinal berth in the conference tournament, and a tie for second in the final league standings.
Under Morrill’s leadership, the Bobcats cracked the top 10 in the NSCAA/Hendrickcars.com NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll in back-to-back weeks, while also concluding the season ranked 10th in the nation in scoring offense.
In addition to the team’s success in 2010, Morrill mentored five all-conference players, including Daktronics NCAA Division II all-Southeast Region Second team selection MaryBeth Sullivan. Senior Brittany Bolton also earned a spot on the all-conference second team, while juniors Brooke Santerre and Mary Dorn joined Sullivan on the first team. Junior Vickie Rich also earned a spot on the all-conference second team.
Morrill starred on the pitch for the University of Alabama from 2002-2005, where she was a four-year starter, served as a team captain as a senior, and earned team MVP honors. During her career at Alabama, Morrill also spent time interning as a strength and conditioning coach for the Alabama women’s volleyball and women’s soccer programs as part of her degree work in sports and exercise.
Morrill spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne, where she was an integral part of the Bears’ success during the 2009 campaign when L-R posted an impressive 14-7-2 record. She also serves as an assistant coach for the 95’ girls’ North Carolina Olympic Development Program.