LeBaron Hollimon, who spent this past season as the CSUSB men's assistant soccer coach, has been named interim head coach for the women's soccer program, CSUSB Assistant Vice President of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Kevin Hatcher said Friday afternoon.
"I'd like to thank Dr. Hatcher and the administration involved in this decision that have confidence in me,'' Hollimon said. "The opportunity to be a head coach and implement my philosophies at CSUSB excites me. I am motivated to do well with the history that exists here in women's soccer.''
Hollimon steps into the position after Travis Clarke resigned last week to accept the women's head coaching position at Saint Mary's College in Moraga.
"I am so pleased that coach Hollimon was available to step in as our interim head women's soccer coach,'' Hatcher said. "Coach Hollimon has the kind of work ethic, professionalism and character we look for in our coaches. He is the perfect choice to provide the consistency we need to get us through this transition.''
The Wichita, Kan., native played four seasons of soccer at Eastern Illinois University (1988-91) where he led the Panthers in goals, assists and total points, en route to earning Mid-Continent Conference All-First Team honors and NSCAA All-Region honors in 1991.
Following his collegiate career, he began his professional playing career with the Major Indoor Soccer League's Tulsa Ambush in 1991. He then joined the Wichita Wings the following season where he helped lead the club to six playoff appearances during his seven years. He then served as the Wings' head coach for three seasons (2011-13).
Hollimon earned his bachelor's degree at EIU and his master's at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. He served as a middle school assistant principal in Wichita and coached several girls club teams in his hometown, leading teams to USA Cup Tournament titles in 1994 and 1997. He also had assignments as a Division I soccer referee in the Midwest.
Hollimon and his wife Annette, an administrative assistant with the CSUSB athletic department, are the parents of three children, including son Debray, this past season's CCAA soccer's Freshman of the Year.