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Lesle Gallimore


As an inspirational leader, Gallimore was named the first ever recipient of the Carla Overbeck Leadership Award by U.S. Soccer. She is also a coaching mentor as part of U.S. Soccer’s She Champions Mentorship Program and served as President of United Soccer Coaches in 2018. Her administrative career has now been highlighted with her recent appointment as General Manager of the OL Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

“It is with great humility and deep gratitude that I accept this prestigious honor. Being recognized with an award in the name of the legendary Walt Chyzowych is nothing less than awe-inspiring,” said Gallimore. “To be amongst the past recipients of this achievement makes me extremely proud knowing that I have done right by this wonderful game and the people that I have encountered along the way. There are many on this list whom I have been fortunate to know, learn from and be mentored by over the years. My career in the game wouldn’t have been possible without my family, closest friends, former players, colleagues and coaches who have supported and challenged me along the way. I am excited to celebrate with everyone in Anaheim and pay homage to Walt Chyzowych and the impact he had and is still having on the game of soccer in America.”

Gallimore participated in twenty-one NCAA Tournaments, including three as a player at the University of California (1983, ‘84, ‘86), three more as their assistant coach and fifteen as head coach at the University of Washington in the period between 1994 and 2019. She retired after a twenty-six-year coaching career at Washington with an overall record of 270-218-49, a record of victories ranking in the top 25 of Division I women’s soccer.

In March 2001, Gallimore served as assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. She later worked for the U.S. State Department’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, traveling to Morocco, Ethiopia and Israel working with their coaches, as well as coaches from Tunisia and Libya. In June 2020, Gallimore was appointed as the first-ever Commissioner of the Girls Academy League. Under her leadership, the Girls Academy has become the leading youth development platform for female soccer players throughout the United States, developing over 1300 female athletes in 91 clubs.