Since 1999, Gardner-Webb University's women's soccer program
has been a consistent winner. Throughout their transition from an NCAA Division
II program to an NCAA Division I contender, the Runnin' Bulldogs have won
matches at a pace never before seen in Boiling Springs, N.C., putting together
winning seasons in six of the last nine years and winning at least eight
matches in a single-season eight times.
Much of the consistency can be attributed to head coach Kevin Mounce, who
enters his 14th season at the helm of the Gardner-Webb program with the highest
winning percentage of any women's soccer coach in school history. Mounce made
an immediate impact upon taking over the program in 1999, leading the Runnin'
Bulldogs to their first winning season since 1992, and only their second since
the program's inception in 1990. He proceeded to produce winning seasons in
2000 and 2001, as well, marking the first time in school history that GWU had
put together three consecutive winning seasons.
Mounce helped develop Gardner-Webb into a viable NCAA Division I program early
in his tenure in Boiling Springs, as his teams posted an 11-9-1 record against
Division I opponents during GWU's two-year provisional status. The 2001 season
saw the Runnin' Bulldogs post an overall record of 15-6-1, setting a new school
benchmark for wins and taking home the National Christian College Athletic
Association Championship in November. Following that tournament, Mounce was
named the NCCAA National Women's Soccer Coach of the Year.
While 2002 was a rare down season for Mounce at 5-12-1, national women's soccer
authority Soccer Buzz ranked
Gardner-Webb second in the nation among first-year Division I programs at the
conclusion of the season.
Mounce quickly got the Runnin' Bulldogs back on track in 2003, rebounding with
an 8-9-1 record and guiding GWU to its first-ever spot in the Atlantic Sun
Conference Championship with a fifth-place finish in the League. For his
efforts, Mounce was recognized by his conference-coaching peers as the A-Sun
Coach of the Year.
In 2004, Mounce again captained a run for the Runnin' Bulldogs, leading his
squad to a fourth-place finish in conference play and another spot in the
Atlantic Sun Championship. This time, however, the Runnin' Bulldogs didn't just
make the tournament, the squad advanced to the semifinals with a win over
Stetson in the opening round. Forward Leeanna Woodworth led the nation in
scoring in 2004, earning A-Sun Player of the Year honors and shattering
numerous school records in the process. Liz Kier and Maureen Foley also earned
All-Atlantic Sun Conference honors in 2004 as the Runnin' Bulldogs had the type
of season that successful programs are built upon.
The 2005 season featured four all-conference selections and one academic
All-American for Mounce. Woodworth made the All-Conference First-Team for the
second consecutive season, while Foley earned second-team accolades for the
second straight year. Brittany Woods notched a spot on the second-team after
being named to the All-Freshman Team in 2004. Angie Harvey garnered a place on
the All-Freshman Team. Woodworth also earned third-team Academic All-America
honors, as GWU posted a 5-3-2 record in A-Sun play, finishing third in the
While starting several new faces and dealing with the departure of the school's
all-time leading scorer in Woodworth, Mounce and his staff started out 5-0 on
the 2006 season. During the regular season the team, behind strong defensive
play, recorded seven shutouts, which at the time, was the second most in a
single season in school history. The Runnin' Bulldogs qualified for their
fourth consecutive conference tournament behind a 9-7-2 overall mark and a
3-4-2 league record, advancing to the semifinals before falling to No. 2 seed
In 2007, Mounce's team was ready for the challenge of being in the A-Sun for
the program's final year. Despite facing arguably their toughest schedule in
GWU's history and having to deal with a significant number of injuries, the
Runnin' Bulldogs put themselves in position to make a run at the conference
tournament by ending the season with a 1-0 victory over Campbell. However, GWU
was forced out of the tournament on the final day of the regular season.
The 2008 season saw the Runnin' Bulldogs make a transition, this time competing
in its first year as members of the Big South Conference. With 14 newcomers on
the roster, Coach Mounce had his hands full in trying to get the team to come
together as one. The young Runnin' Bulldogs, which played 12 games on the
road in 2008, posted a 4-13-2 record overall. Senior Angie Harvey earned
First-Team All-Conference honors, while freshman Megan Tremblay was named to
the All-Freshmen Team.
In 2009, with the challenge of having a tough schedule and being a young team,
with 19 underclassmen on the squad, the Runnin' Bulldogs went 12-9 overall with
a 6-3 Big South record. Junior Sarah Keyser and sophomore Megan Reimer
earned First-Team All-Conference honors, making it he seventh consecutive
season in which Mounce and GWU have had at least one student-athlete receive
The 2010 season saw the Runnin' Bulldogs post nine shutouts,
five wins and four draws, as GWU posted a 7-10-5 overall record. GWU posted five wins on the road, as 11
of its 22 matches came away from Greene-Harbison Field in Boiling Springs,
N.C. GWU, who finished the
conference regular season with a 3-4-2 record, made a run in the Big South
Women's Soccer Championship Tournament, defeating Radford 1-0 in the first
round and then advancing past Liberty in a shootout in the semifinals to
advance to the championship game.
In the championship game, Gardner-Webb sent the match to overtime, where
High Point scored to win the match 1-0.
The Runnin' Bulldogs, which had trouble scoring in 2010,
were led by Megan Reimer, who had four goals on the year, while freshman Megan
Reynolds and junior Stephanie Benshoof added three goals apiece. Reimer, who
was named the Big South Attacking Player of the Week on August 24th, joined
Megan Tremblay and Chelsea Hearne on the All-Tournament Team, while Hearne also
received a spot on the Big South All-Conference Second team, posting eight
shutouts in goal for GWU on the season.
Reynolds also received postseason honors, earning a spot on the
All-Freshman Team, while Tremblay was named to the Big South All-Academic Team
for the second straight year.
Under Mounce, Gardner-Webb has seen its scoring totals reach school-record
levels. The Runnin' Bulldogs had four players score over 25 points in 1999 -
including Kim O'Brien's then school-record total of 44 (18 goals). In 2000,
three players scored 16 points or better, led by Michelle Haas' total of 31
points. In 2001, GWU had four players with six or more goals, including 12 by
leading scorer Michelle Vander Vaart.
The Runnin' Bulldogs have had a pair of 20-point scorers in
three of the last four seasons, with Woodworth emerging as one of Mounce's most
successful recruits throughout his time at GWU. Woodworth was second on the
team in scoring as a freshman in 2002 with 20 points, and led the team in
scoring as a sophomore with 27, good enough for third in the A-Sun. She
finished with 59 points in 2004 and was complimented well by Kier, who netted 35
points of her own. She capped her career with 29 points during the 2005
A quality tactician and motivator, Mounce inherited a team in 1999 that had
finished the previous season below the .500 mark. He promptly directed a young
team to a then-school-record 13 wins and a spot in the South Atlantic
Conference tournament finals for the first time in school history. GWU topped
national No. 1 Presbyterian in the SAC semifinals, before falling to Catawba in
three overtimes in the championship game.
With Gardner-Webb's jump to Division I in 2000, Mounce repeated his magic. The Runnin'
Bulldogs finished their first year at the highest level of college soccer with
an 11-9-1 mark and finished third at the National Christian College Athletic
Association's national tournament in Florida.
The 2000 campaign marked the first time in Gardner-Webb women's soccer history
that a coach had posted consecutive winning seasons. With his team's success in
2001, Mounce totaled 39 wins in only three seasons in Boiling Springs. Now with
a 108-12-18 record in 12 years at GWU, Mounce is the school's most successful
women's soccer coach ever.
Mounce, who picked up his 100th career win in the 2003 regular season finale, now
boasts a career ledger of 156-146-22 in two stops as a collegiate head coach -
his current post at Gardner-Webb and as the head coach at Cumberland (Ky.)
College in Williamsburg, Ky., from 1995-98.
While at Cumberland, an NAIA school, Mounce directed the program to a
single-season record for wins (19) and guided the 1997 team to the program's
first-ever national ranking (15th). He also led the Indians to two consecutive
regular-season conference titles in the Mid-South Conference ('97, '98) and was
named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 1997 and in 1998. His team was
also the National Christian College tournament runner-up in 1997, and he was
selected the NCCAA Region Coach of the Year in 1997.
Mounce began his playing career at the University of Kentucky, and then
finished his final three years at Sue Bennett College in London, Ky., where he
was team captain, defensive MVP, and an all-conference selection. After
finishing his playing days, Mounce stayed onboard as an assistant and helped
guide the Dragons to a small college national title in 1994-95.
Mounce is the founder of the Hat Trick Soccer camp, a popular summer camp based
out of Boiling Springs, N.C.
He, and his wife, Amanda, along with their daughter, Peyton (4), and their new
baby boy, Riley Noel, who was born on August 5, 2009, reside in Shelby, N.C.