Lee Horton '74, longtime coach of both boys and girls soccer at Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, has been recognized by United Soccer Coaches (formerly National Soccer Coaches Association of America, or NSCAA) as both the Spring Atlantic Region Girls' High School Coach of the Year and the National Girls' High School Coach of the Year for private/parochial schools.
At Ravenscroft, Horton was an All-State midfielder and an All-American goalkeeper and went on to letter in the sport at UNC-Chapel Hill. He was inducted into our Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
"I played at Ravenscroft under the legendary Bill Holleman," he said. "I was the school's first All-American in any sport when I received that honor my senior year."
Horton has been at Charlotte Latin since 1985, amassing more than 1,000 wins and 18 state championships over the course of his coaching career. In 2017, Horton led the girls varsity team to an 18-1-2 record and a third consecutive North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) 3A State Championship. The Hawks recorded 16 shutouts, scored 80 goals and only allowed eight against them, finishing their season ranked #8 nationally.
Horton cites being able to coach his own children as among the highlights of his years at Charlotte Latin.
"Coaching both my children here was certainly very special," he said. "Joshua and I won two state championships together, and Kristin and I won three."
Horton is a five-time honoree as Coach of the Year by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association (NCSCA) and was named Boys' National Coach of the Year for private/parochial schools by the NSCAA in 2004. He is also in the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame and the United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame.
With Horton as head coach, the Charlotte Lady Eagles, an elite amateur team in the now-defunct W-League of the United Soccer League, won the W2 National Championship in 2001 and were runners-up in 2002. The league twice named Horton their National Coach of the Year.
Even with these other accolades under his belt, Horton said he was "humbled, excited and thankful" to receive this latest award.
The Regional and National Coach of the Year Awards were presented at the United Soccer Coaches Awards Banquet on Jan. 19 in Philadelphia. Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Missouri, United Soccer Coaches has grown into the world's largest soccer coaches' organization. Their annual awards recognize members coaching at every level for excellence in soccer, academics and service to the game.
Below, Horton (back row in dark shirt) with the 1973-74 Ravenscroft soccer team.