Les Szabo
Les Szabo

Cleveland State, 1979

Head Coach (5th Season)

Career Record:

As the University of Memphis' Lady Tiger soccer program begins it's new era, one constant guiding force still remains. That of head coach Les Szabo. Szabo has been in charge of the team since the beginning in 1995 and has posted a 29-47-4 career record overall, 10-23-1 in Conference USA play.

Szabo posted his first U of M win in 1995 when the Lady Tigers defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 7-1. He has guided the Lady Tigers to a minimum of five wins a year and posted his first winning season at the U of M in 1997. That club, which finished with a team-high 11 wins, led the league in shots and was amongst the leaders in every other offensive category.

The year before, Szabo guided the Lady Tigers to eight wins including big wins over SEC foe Tennessee and DePaul, their first C-USA Tournament win.

In his four seasons at the helm, Szabo has had the honor to coach eight all-conference players, four all-conference freshmen and six C-USA Players of the Week.

Szabo also stresses the importance of academics to his student-athletes. The team was named a NSCAA/Adidas Team Academic Award winner for posting a 3.27 grade point average during the 1998 academic year. Fifteen Lady Tigers earned GPA's of 3.0 or higher, while Jodi Fisher and Christy Caswell recorded perfect 4.0's.

Memphis was one of only 43 NCAA Division I schools to receive the honor and had the best mark in the state of Tennessee beating the University of Tennessee which posted a 3.15.

Szabo has been involved with coaching soccer at various levels since 1980. He has coached several collegiate all-Americans, including, most recently, UCLA stand-out Brad Freidel, who was a member of the 1994 and 1998 U.S. World Cup team.

Szabo has graced the halls and fields of Memphis soccer since 1994 when he began his U of M career as a volunteer assistant for Chris Bartels, who was the men's coach at the time. Szabo worked with the Tiger goalkeepers and assisted Bartels in recruiting for the upcoming season.

Before joining the Memphis staff Szabo worked as the restricted earnings coach at Eastern Illinois University. During the 1993-94 season at EIU, he completed his Master's degree in sports management.

From 1989-92, Szabo was the head coach of women's soccer at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. In just four short seasons, he took the JCU team from a new program to a second-place finish in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Szabo's career record at John Carroll was 25-35-1.

From 1981-91 Szabo served as the Director of Coaching for the East-West Soccer Club of Ohio. From 1985-1987, he led the under-19 boys' team to three consecutive final four appearances in the McGuire Cup National Championship Tournament. In 1990, his U-19 boys' team finished second in the Dallas Cup and his U-23 men's team placed second in the professional division of the Harlem Cup in Holland.

Szabo has also worked as the director of coaching for the East-West Ambassadors (1988-1994). The sports tour, marketing and promotions business is responsible for allowing American soccer players to compete in more than 15 countries on 10 different tours. In 1980-81, Szabo worked as the facility manager and community liaison director for the Cleveland Force, a professional indoor soccer club.

Szabo has also been active in Memphis youth soccer, coaching several of the area youth teams.


Coaching Background
• Director of Coaching for the East-West Soccer Club of Ohio, 1981- 1991
• Director of Coaching for the East-West Ambassadors, 1988-1994
• Head women's soccer coach at John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, 1989-1992
• Assistant boys' coach at Rock River High School in Rock River, Ohio, 1989-1992
• Restricted earnings coach at Eastern Illinois Univeristy, 1993-94
• Assistant men's coach at The University of Memphis, 1994
• Head women's coach at The University of Memphis, 1995-Present

Personal Info
• 48 years old
• Born in Cleveland, Ohio
• 5th Season at The University of Memphis

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