BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Athletics Director Bob Roller announced Stuart Horne will be the new head women's soccer coach at Campbell after serving as the associate head coach at Elon. Horne will be the sixth coach at the helm of the CU women's soccer program since it began in 1992.
"Stuart emerged from a large list of candidates as someone who is ready to take over a Division I program," Roller said. "He has head coaching experience in his background and has been a major part of building a strong program at Elon."
Horne, a Fayetteville, N.C., native, has been a part of the Elon staff for the past nine years. He was promoted to associate head coach before the 2011 season after serving as the assistant coach since 2005. Prior to his time at Elon, Horne was the head coach at Chowan College for five years, where he was named NCCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 2004.
"He is known as a great teacher and communicator and fits what we were looking for to lead our soccer team," Roller continued. "Stuart understands the need for Campbell to be highly visible in this strong soccer region."
This past season, Horne helped Elon to its best record in Division I competition at 13-3-6, the runner-up in the Southern Conference regular season and tournament. The Phoenix finished the season with a season-best RPI of 74 out of 327 teams, and earned the first top 10 NSCAA regional ranking in program history, finishing at No. 10, alongside nine ACC programs. One of Horne's primary responsibilities at Elon was recruiting, as he helped bring in reigning SoCon Player of the Year and all-region selection Nicole Dennion.
"First, I would like to thank Elon University for the past nine years," Horne said. "I have had the good fortune of working in a first-class athletic department and university with some really good people. I would also like to thank Chris Neal for the tremendous experience over the past several years. I'm really excited for this opportunity that Bob Roller and the University has given me to be the head coach at Campbell. It's a great school in a great part of the state and I'm really looking forward to getting started with the team."
In all nine years of his tenure at Elon, the Phoenix were given the NCSAA Academic Award. The team also qualified for the SoCon Tournament eight times while Horne was on the coaching roster.
"I'd congratulate Campbell on an excellent hire," Elon head coach Chris Neal said. "Stuart has been instrumental in our success here at Elon University and I can't thank him enough for his service. His experience and familiarity with Big South women's soccer will serve him very well at Campbell."
At Chowan, Horne led a team that finished with a No. 3 NCCAA national ranking in 2004, advancing to the NCCAA final four. His 2003 team advanced to the first postseason play in program history, qualifying for the USA South Conference Tournament. He left Chowan with 44 wins, the most wins for a Chowan women's soccer coach.
Horne also served as first assistant with the Hampton Roads Piranhas, a member of the United Soccer League's W-League, from 2002-2005. In 2003, the Piranhas won the W-League National Championship with a 14-0 final record.
Horne has been involved with the Olympic Development Program in both Virginia and North Carolina. In Virginia, he was a staff coach with the girls' program in the Southeast District and ran the North Carolina ODP Training Center on the Outer Banks. He has earned both the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and the USSF D License.
Horne holds a degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He graduated cum laude in 1997. He resides in Gibsonville, N.C., with his wife, Leslie, sons, Keegan and Gavin, and daughter, Arwen.