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Leo Weil has been at the helm of the women's soccer program at Johns Hopkins since its inception in 1992. Weil has taken the program to new heights, guiding the Blue Jays to their 16th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. Over the last nine seasons, Johns Hopkins appeared in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen nine-straight times, earned six trips to the Elite Eight and advanced to the NCAA national semifinal in 2014. His program has recorded 14 wins or more in each of the last 14 seasons.
Hopkins finished the 2017 season with a 18-3-3 record and a perfect 10-0 Centennial Conference record which earned Weil's fourth Centennial Coach of the Year Award. The Blue Jays advanced to the Elite Eight for the sixth time in team history.
The 2016 season was another milestone year for Weil on the sidelines, as he captured his 350th career win in a 3-0 victory over Shenandoah. Weil led Hopkins to its eleventh conference championship and the team advanced to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament. JHU has won 17 games in eight of the last nine seasons under Weil. Seniors Ana Bengoechea and Meg Van de Loo earned All-American honors, with Bengoechea becoming just the second Blue Jay to be named an All-American three times.
Weil led the Blue Jays to their 10th Centennial Conference Championship in 2015, earning his 340th career victory in the process. Weil’s 340 wins are tied for the seventh most among active coaches in NCAA Division III. Junior Meg Van de Loo also became the 11th All-American under Weil. Van de Loo led Johns Hopkins with 17 goals and 36 points.
In 2014, Weil led the Blue Jays to their best finish in program history, reaching the NCAA national semifinal. JHU overcame a pair of early season losses and won 13 straight games en route to a 19-4-2 record. In the NCAA Tournament, Weil and the Blue Jays won their first two games at home before traveling to Pittsburgh, where they defeated host #6 Carnegie Mellon in the Sweet Sixteen and #9 Thomas More in the Elite Eight. Although Hopkins could not get past #5 Williams in the national semifinal, they were rewarded with the best final ranking in program history, finishing #3.
Weil earned his historic 300th career victory in 2013, becoming just the 14th coach in women's Division III soccer history to reach the milestone. His 300th win proved to be one of many in 2013, as the team went on to finish 21-2-1, tying the record for most wins in a season by a Hopkins team. The Jays also earned their highest-ever ranking in the NSCAA poll under Weil's leadership, holding down the No. 2 spot from September 10 to October 8.
Weil guided Hopkins to its third NCAA Elite Eight appearance in four seasons in 2012, despite starting underclassmen in at least six positions for much of the season. The Blue Jays knocked off #5 Lynchburg in the Sweet Sixteen, 3-1, and Weil was named Centennial Conference Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.
The 2011 Blue Jays had one of the best statistical seasons of all time as it set 17 program records, including nine team records, three career and five single-season records. The team boasted a program-best .955 (21-1-0) winning percentage while scoring 92 goals, the most in a single season, and handing out a program-best 72 assists as a team for 256 points, the most in school history. Weil was named the 2011 NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
Weil boasts an impressive 375-115-39 (.746) career record at Hopkins. In 1997, in just the sixth year of its varsity status and one year following its first winning season, Hopkins went 15-3-1 on its way to clinching its second-straight Centennial Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, the first postseason appearance in program history. The Blue Jays have since earned 15 NCAA Tournament berths and claimed 13 postseason titles. The Jays won two ECAC South titles in 2000 and 2001 and 11 more Centennial championships (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016).
In 2007, after winning their third-consecutive conference title, the Blue Jays surpassed Gettysburg for the most Centennial Conference championships (8) and are the only soccer team in the conference to win seven-straight.
The success of the program has also resulted in numerous individual postseason accolades. Weil has produced 137 All-Centennial selections (64 First Team selections), 63 NSCAA All-Region players, and NSCAA First Team All-Americans in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Hopkins has had six players earn Centennial Conference Player of the Year honors under Weil's leadership (Sarah Parola-1997, Kaitlin Giannetti-2006, Jessica Hnatiuk-2009, Erica Suter-2011, Hannah Kronick-2012, 2013, 2014, Meg Van Loo 2016).
Weil graduated from the University of Maryland in 1967 with his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. He later earned his A.G.S. in school psychology in 1976 from Maryland as well.
Weil has an extensive soccer background, coaching from the youth club level through the high school and college levels. From 1998 to 2005 Weil coached in the Maryland District Development Program. He has attended more than 25 national workshops and has held a National "C" License since 1989. Weil was a coach in the Washington Area Girls’ Soccer League for 22 years, served as the vice president from 1982 to 1994 and was part of the tournament committee from 1992 to 1994. In 1996, Weil was named the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association's Girls' Coach of the Year. He was also a member of the coaches selection committee for the Soccer Association of Columbia from 1982 to 1992. He served a one-year stint in 1989 on the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association's board.
Weil was a 13-year player, competing in various local adult teams as part of indoor and outdoor leagues and played goalkeeper for 10 years.