May 30, 2018
By: Erica Rose
The Muhlenberg athletic department will have to replace one of their most prestigious coaches this summer, as Leslie Benintend-Kiernan announced her retirement after 23 years as the women’s soccer head coach. Benintend-Kiernan became the face of the program, essentially, as she coached 23 of the teams 27 varsity seasons. It was evident from the start that Benintend-Kiernan was a special coach, as it did not take long for her to turn the program around. Some of her accomplishments are as followed:
- Leading the Mules to two consecutive ECAC Mid-Atlantic championships.
- Winning the Centennial Conference regular-season title in 2002 and 2009.
- Accumulating a record of 228-165-40
- 228 wins are the most by a female coach in one sport in College history.
- In 2001 and 2003 the Mules reached the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament, finishing ranked 17th and 23rd, respectively in Division III.
- Benintend-Kiernan ranks second in Centennial Conference history in overall wins and CC wins and is tied for second with seven wins in CC playoff games.
So, it’s safe to say whoever the Mules find will have big shoes to fill. The news comes after a down year for the women’s team, but having only graduated two seniors the squad should be back on track in no time.