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The Legendary Coach Tim Lenahan

Coach Tim Lenahan

Tim Lenahan is a legend in Big Ten and college coaching circles having become the only coach in Big Ten history to accumulate both 300 wins and to coach 20 years in the Big Ten. After taking over a winless Northwestern program in 2001, Coach Lenahan built the Wildcats into a national power winning three Big Ten Championships while taking Northwestern to two Elite Eights and four Sweet Sixteen appearances.

In his career, his teams went to 15 NCAA Tournaments and won 8 Conference Championships and he is a 10-time Coach of the Year recipient. He stepped down from Northwestern as the all-time winningest coach in school history in 2021.

Lenahan came to Northwestern from Lafayette College, where he solidified his reputation as a builder of programs. In just three seasons, his teams won two Patriot League regular season titles and two postseason crowns, and made a pair of NCAA tournament appearances.

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Before Lafayette, Lenahan built his alma mater Richard Stockton College into a Division III national power going to the NCAA Tournament in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996 and also capturing Richard Stockton's first NJAC Championship in 1996. Richard Stockton had been 2–15 the year prior to his arrival. He has his USSF “A” License and United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma. Coach Lenahan graduated from Northwestern in 2020 with a certification in Executive Coaching from the school of Learning and Organizational Change. In addition, Coach Lenahan has a B.S in Computer Science from Stockton University, and an M.A. in Sports Management from Rider University.

Today, Coach Lenahan remains actively involved with the game as he helps players of all ages develop their skills and as he mentors numerous college coaches. You can also find Tim on the BIG10 Network as a color commentator during the college soccer season!