HICKORY, N.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne Athletic Director Neill McGeachy announced the hiring of Cally Morrill as women’s soccer coach on Monday.
Morrill takes over for Adrian Blewitt, who resigned after five years as Bear mentor to take a position as assistant coach at UNC Greensboro. Blewitt also coached the L-R men’s soccer team for four seasons (2005-08).
“I am extremely excited and honored to be joining the Lenoir-Rhyne family once again and I would especially like to thank Neill McGeachy and his administration for this incredible opportunity,” Morrill said. “The University, the women’s soccer program and player personnel are top notch and I cannot wait to begin connecting and making an impact with these young women prior to the fall season.”
Morrill comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after serving two years as head coach at Lees-McRae. In her two seasons, Morrill guided the Bobcats to a 27-11-3 mark.
In 2011, Lees-McRae finished with a 13-5-3 record and won the program’s first conference championship since 2000. In addition, the Bobcats earned a berth to the Division II tournament for the first time in school history. For her efforts, Morrill was named the 2011 league coach of the year.
Morrill was also an assistant at L-R for three years (2007-09).
Lenoir-Rhyne is coming off back-to-back South Atlantic Conference regular-season championships and subsequent berths in the Division II tournament.
Last season, L-R earned a 17-3-1 mark including a perfect 9-0 record in league play and advanced to the Southeast Regional championship. The Bears also finished the year ranked No. 9 in the nation.
“The hiring of Cally to take over the women’s soccer program is a no-brainer,” said Blewitt, who went 70-28-10 as Bear mentor. “Cally did a tremendous job assisting me for three years and has turned the Lees-McRae program around inside two seasons. She knows L-R, there will be a seamless transition and I see the Lenoir-Rhyne program only getting stronger.”
Morrill was a four-year starter for Alabama (2002-05), where she served as team captain and was named the squad’s MVP as a senior.