Before becoming the women’s head soccer coach, LeBaron Hollimon racked up many years of experience as both a soccer player and coach.
“I played, professionally, indoor soccer for ten years from 1991 to 2001,” said Hollimon.
He began his career with the Wichita Wings in Kansas before moving onto the Edmonton Drillers in Canada, and lastly, the Kansas City Attack.
Hollimon enjoyed his time playing professionally, as well as living in different cities. Now he cannot imagine being anywhere else than in San Bernardino.
He has a passion for both the sport and coaching.
After being an assistant coach to the men’s soccer team in 2014, Hollimon was given the opportunity to be the interim head coach for the women’s team in 2015.
“The opportunity to be a head coach and implement my philosophies at CSUSB excites me,” said Hollimon. “I am motivated to do well with the history that exists here in women’s soccer.”
During his interim head coach season in 2015, five of his players were named to the CCAA Fall Academic Team.
In 2016, Hollimon was named the official head coach of the women’s soccer team.
“I love CSUSB and am proud to call it my family,” said Hollimon. “There isn’t a better place for me.”
During the 2016 season, Hollimon led the team to their first home playoff game in the CCAA Tournament. The team finished in third place overall in the CCAA.
So far this season, Hollimon’s lady Coyotes have won six games, lost six games and tied in one.
The team is currently tied for fifth place with Cal State San Marcos in the CCAA standings.
Their first conference game, played against Cal State LA, was a 2-0 loss.
In the next two conference games, the Coyotes faired quite a bit better, winning 1-0 against Dominguez Hills and 2-0 against Monterey Bay.
The Coyotes continued their winning ways with a nail-biting 2-1 overtime win against Cal State East Bay. However, the team went on to lose three consecutive games against Cal State San Marcos (2-0), UC San Diego (1-0) and Sonoma State (2-1).
The team snapped out of their funk on Oct. 8, shutting out Humboldt State 5-0.
Hollimon and the Coyotes only have a few more games before the CCAA playoffs are set to start on Oct. 31. The top six teams will make it to the playoffs.
In order to open the playoffs at home, the lady Coyotes must finish the season in third or fourth place.
Hollimon’s team players have long weeks ahead for the rest of the season and the CCAA Tournament.
Nevertheless, Hollimon’s love and passion for soccer has been reflected throughout his professional years. His knowledge of the sport will continue to help grow the CSUSB women’s soccer team.