Kerrigan, Gallimore and Walls All Recognized with NSCAA Special Awards
NSCAA National Academy Staff member Laura Kerrigan, the University of Washington’s head women’s coach Lesle Gallimore and former Centre College’s (Ky.) women’s player Heather Walls are all being recognized for their accomplishments on and off the field.
Kerrigan has been awarded the Mike Berticelli Excellence in Coaching Education award, Gallimore named the Women’s Committee Award of Excellence winner and Walls earning the Jerry Yeagley Award for Exceptional Personal Achievement.
The three will be recognized at the 2013 Convention. Kerrigan will receive her award at the NSCAA Awards Banquet, Friday, Jan. 18. Gallimore will accept her award at the annual Women’s Breakfast, Saturday, Jan. 19 , and Walls will be presented her award Saturday afternoon at the All-America Luncheon.
This award is presented to a member of the NSCAA Academy staff in recognition of positive contributions to the game of soccer and excellence in coaching education.
Kerrigan currently serves as the head coach at for girls' soccer team, helps with the boys' team, and is a full-time social studies teacher at Cary High School (N.C.). In addition to her duties at Cary, she is a 13-year member the NSCAA Academy Staff and the State Director for North Carolina. Prior to her current position, Kerrigan spent 11 seasons as the head women’s coach at her alma mater, NC State. She was also an assistant coach at American University (three years), Colorado College (one year), and William and Mary (three years).
As a student athlete, Kerrigan was an All-American player and a 4.0 GPA-caliber student, from 1985-88. In her freshman and sophomore seasons, she led the Wolfpack in shots on goal, goals scored and total points. She finished her collegiate playing career as the program’s all-time leader in shots (228), goals scored (53) and total points (135).
Sponsored by Washington Area Girls Soccer (WAGS), the Women's Committee Award of Excellence was established in 1999 to recognize those who have brought honor and distinction to women's soccer.
Gallimore is the longest-tenured coach in the Pac-12, as she just finished her 19th season as the Huskies’ women’s coach. In 2012, Gallimore led Washington back to the NCAA Tournament for a 12th time. The team finished with a record of 10-8-3 and hosted Auburn in the NCAA First Round. UW fell 2-1 to Auburn, but still had a highly successful season that included a 3-0 win over Notre Dame that highlighted a 7-1-1 non-conference record.
In addition to her head coaching duties, she also serves as an NSCAA National Academy staff coach (since 1995) and has also served as a member of the Board of Directors. As a Board member and Women’s Committee member, she represented NSCAA interests in Washington, D.C. in the late 1990s when politicians were considering changes to Title IX and women’s rights in intercollegiate athletics.
Gallimore is a two-time NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year, and previously coached Hope Solo and Tina (Frimpong) Ellertson.
This award is presented annually to a college soccer player (past or present) who has demonstrated exceptional personal achievement, and who is or was an example and inspiration to teammates and university.
Described as “an exemplary ambassador for Centre College,” Walls was a four-year member of the Colonels’ women’s team. On the soccer field, she inspired her teammates with a relentless attitude, drive and determination. Even when it became apparent she would not play many minutes, she never settled and never complained. In addition to the women’s soccer team, Walls also participated in numerous extracurricular activities and outreach ventures, while maintaining a 3.9 GPA. From creating travel packages for her teammates to volunteering to teach children in Africa about AIDS during her summer break, Walls exceeded the typical expectations of a student athlete.
She is currently a medical student at Johns Hopkins Medical School.