Becky Burleigh has announced she is retiring from coaching at the conclusion of the University of Florida’s 2021 spring season – her 26th as head coach of the Florida Gators.
In that time Becky has taken a blank canvass to create a soccer masterpiece, building teams which consistently challenged for national and Southeastern Conference titles. Florida’s 14 team titles leads the SEC and the program earned NCAA Tournament berths 22 of the last 25 seasons.
Under Becky, Florida soccer has:
- 22 NCAA Championships’ berths (1996-2001; 2003-2017; 2019)
- Two NCAA College Cup appearances (1998, 2001), winning 1998 NCAA title
- 14 SEC team titles (1996-2001; 2006-2010; 2012-13, 2015)
- 12 SEC Tournament titles (1996-01; 2004; 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015-16)
Florida’s 22 overall NCAA appearances is 12th among Division I programs. Among the top-15 teams in NCAA appearances, Florida is the youngest (25 seasons).
She was named NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year in 1998 after leading the Gator to the national title in their fourth season, and also went on to be the SEC Coach of the Year five times (2012, 2010, 2008, 2000 & 1996).
Becky said: “After spending most of my adult life as Florida’s soccer coach, I’m retiring from coaching at the conclusion of this season.
“It’s been something I’ve been debating for quite a while. Once I finalized my decision, I felt compelled to share it with the team and our prospective student-athletes rather than wait until the season’s conclusion.
“Although my future plans are a bit uncertain, I do plan to stay in Gainesville and devote more of my time to what drives winning, which has been a passion project of mine for some time.
“But right now, my main focus is getting the team ready for spring 2021 play. I’m confident Scott Stricklin and his staff will find an amazing coach to lead this program because the current and former players have made this a very attractive position” she continued. “It’s been such a privilege to be a member of this program and the Gator Nation for the last 27 years.”
Becky will be a key speaker on the future of role of women’s college football in the player development pathway at the Soccer Innovation Summit on March 3.