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KU Jayhawks name new soccer head coach. He follows Mark Francis, who coached 25 years

Kansas soccer has found its new head coach.

Nate Lie was named the fourth head coach in Kansas soccer history, KU athletic director Travis Goff announced Monday. He is on a five-year contract that will run through the 2028 season.

“We are unbelievably excited to bring in Nate, who will undoubtedly instill a strong culture of competitive excellence,” Goff said in a press release. “The future of Kansas soccer is incredibly bright with Nate at the helm, and we are thrilled for him to get to work.”

Lie (pronounced: Lee) was the head coach of Xavier University for seven seasons, leading the Musketeers to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2019-23). He had a record of 82-37-19 (.663) at Xavier.

Lie follows in the footsteps of Jayhawk legend Mark Francis, who coached Kansas for 25 seasons and retired in October.

“I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to Travis Goff, Jason Booker and the entire search committee for providing me this tremendous opportunity,” Lie said in the release. “I was overwhelmed by the energy, positivity and passion of the Jayhawk community and I am completely sold on Travis’ vision of the future of Kansas Athletics. My time at Xavier was so meaningful, and I thank Greg Christopher and Brian Hicks for believing in me and our program. I have tremendous gratitude for the players and coaches that shared the journey.”

Lie continued: “I believe, with deep conviction, that Kansas soccer will be a consistent force in the Big 12 and on the national landscape. My family and I look forward to immersing ourselves in the KU community and I will work tirelessly alongside our student-athletes to bring Kansas soccer to new heights! Rock Chalk!”