Chris Ducar Promoted to Women’s Soccer General Manager

Chris Ducar Promoted to Women’s Soccer General Manager

Chris Ducar, assistant coach for 26 seasons, is being promoted to general manager of the University of North Carolina women’s soccer program. Ducar will oversee recruiting, fundraising, the team’s name, image and likeness program, coordinate promotional activities with department, campus and friends groups to enhance attendance, and other duties to grow the game on the local and national level. He will also coordinate alumni engagement and academic oversight for the 22-time national champions.
“This new role is the next step in my soccer career,” says Ducar. “I’m going to miss the training and working every day with the goalkeepers and entire team, but Anson and I envision this as an opportunity to have an even greater impact on the entire program. With 22 national championships, we are the name brand in the sport, but we have to work even harder now as a staff to maintain that level of excellence and this is one way  Anson can continue to focus on coaching and I can help grow the game, but specifically our program, for the future. It takes a lot of resources to compete at the highest level in our sport and that will be a primary focus of mine going forward to help us stay an elite program.”
The Tar Heels have won nine NCAA championships and 14 ACC Tournament championships and finished first in the ACC standings 17 times in Ducar’s tenure, including each of the past three seasons when UNC went 27-0-1 in league play.
“Chris has long been one of the top evaluators of talent, goalkeeper trainers, confidantes and recruiters in the country,” says head coach Anson Dorrance,” and the role he is assuming is even more critical to keeping our program at the level we all want and expect it to remain for the foreseeable future. Chris has a passion for Carolina Women’s Soccer, for advancing our program and for developing the young women who play for us. As general manager he will play an even larger and diverse role than he’s had at Carolina for the past quarter century.”

Ducar, the NSCAA’s National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2006, has trained five goalkeepers who have played for the U.S. Women’s National Team – Tracy Noonan, Siri Mullinix, Jenni Branam, Ashlyn Harris and current Tar Heel Claudia Dickey.


“The goalkeepers who have played for Team USA have developed at a number of colleges, but Chris is the only coach that has coached five of them,” says Dorrance. “Our current starter, Claudia Dickey, is one of the best keepers in the country, a player who is going to have an opportunity to play at the next level for years to come. I’m excited the work Chris is going to manage will assist our players at all positions with the same level of expertise with which he has directed our goalkeeper program.”


Ducar has coached several Tar Heel goalkeepers who set school records, including Lindsey Harris, who set the single-season saves record in 2016, and Samantha Leshnak, who set the record for consecutive scoreless minutes. Aly Winget set ACC single-season and career shutout records.


Mullinix, who started for the USWNT in the 2000 Olympics, Branam and Winget earned first-team All-America honors, and Mullinix, Branam, Ashlyn Harris and Dickey each were All-ACC selections in Ducar’s tenure.


Nine of Ducar’s goalkeepers have played professional soccer, including Branam, Kristin DePlatchett, Adelaide Gay, Ashley Harris, Lindsey Harris, Bryane Heaberlin, Leshnak, Mullinix, and Anna Sieloff.  Anna Rodenbough, a national champion, passed on a professional career to go to medical school.


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