Lees-McRae College Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail announced the hiring of Cally Morrill as the College's next Head Women's Soccer Coach on August 23, 2019. Morrill, who was the head coach for the Bobcats from 2010-2012, served as the head coach at Lynn University for the past five seasons.
"The opportunity to come back to the mountains and the community of Banner Elk is a dream come true for our family," said Morrill. "I cannot thank Craig McPhail and Rita Smith enough as I have always valued the relationships and the passion that they both have for Lees-McRae. I am beyond excited to lead this program and continue the momentum of the College's vision."
Morrill brings a decorated coaching resume back to Lees-McRae. Since beginning her career as a head coach in 2010, Morrill has guided her teams to three regular season championships, three conference tournament championships and three trips to the NCAA Tournament. Furthermore, Morrill has coached 32 All-Conference players, 20 All-Region performers, two conference freshman of the year honorees and two All-Americans at coaching stints at Lees-McRae, Lenoir-Rhyne and Lynn.
"We are glad to have Cally return to lead our women's soccer program," said McPhail. "Her previous time in Banner Elk was filled with great success, both on and off the field. Cally is a proven leader, winner and has made a great impact on her student-athletes, coaches and administrators throughout her career. She will make us all better."
Morrill is a 2006 graduate of the University of Alabama. She also has an elementary education licensure from Lenoir-Rhyne University and a MBA from Lynn.
Erin Barcal returned to her alma mater in January 2018 as the program's new assistant coach.
Barcal played for the Bobcats 2013-2016 and spent three seasons as one of the team's captains. Barcal appeared in 66 matches, scoring five goals and seven assists for a total of 17 points during her career as a Bobcat. In addition to her work on the pitch, Barcal also succeeded academically as she landed a spot on the Dean's List in seven semesters, and received Academic All-Conference honors in three semesters. Barcal graduated from Lees-McRae in December 2016 with a bachelor's degree in sports administration with a concentration in business administration.
As a coach, Barcal has had a wide variety of experiences in her young career. Barcal spent one season as North Alabama's graduate assistant/goalkeeper coach in 2017. The LMC alum helped the Lions go 13-4-2 on their way to hosting a regional in the NCAA Tournament. Barcal has also coached at Watauga High School, with the High Country Soccer Club and at a varity of camps as well as some strength and conditioning experience with the Lees-McRae softball team.
Barcal is working towards obtaining her USSF "D" Coaching License and has obtained a Level 1 Goalkeeper License.