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Chris Chris LeGates
Title: Assistant AD/Head Coach
Email: clegates@usj.edu
Phone: 860.231.5422
Experience: 17

Coach Legates is in his 17th season at the helm of the Blue Jays soccer team. LeGates has led the Blue Jays to an overall record of 148-112-21 (.564) during his tenure including a school-record 16 wins in 2012. LeGates has been named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Coach of the Year five times and is the only current GNAC coach to earn the honor five times. He is also the winningest women's soccer coach in GNAC history.

In February 2014, LeGates was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Recruiting, Retention and Student-Athlete Well Being.

LeGates led the University of Saint Joseph to its most successful season ever in 2012 as the Blue Jays went 16-3-2 and won their first regular-season GNAC title. USJ reached the semifinals of the league tournament for the fifth season in a row and sixth time in seven seasons. The Blue Jays received their fifth bid to the ECAC tournament and reached the final for the first time.

Under Coach LeGates, Saint Joseph has seen unprecedented success in recent years, going 67-26-11 over the past five seasons. In all, 47 Blue Jays have earned All-Conference accolades under LeGates including two GNAC Rookies of the Year (Cait Witham, 2006; Sara Barnick, 2012) and two GNAC Defensive Players of the Year (Kristin Whitman, 2010, Melissa Dodge 2012). Susie McKenna became the school's first All-New England selection in '08 and was joined by Witham in '09 and Dodge and Patricia Nolan in 2012.

LeGates' teams have historically been very strong on the defensive end of the field capitalizing on counter-attacks relying on athleticism and excellent ball-handling in the offensive end.

Coach LeGates is currently the U-16 premier coach for the Academica Futbol Club as well as the technical director for the program. He is a managing partner and director of the Collegiate Soccer System which operates camps, clinics and training of soccer players throughout New England. Coach LeGates has been involved in the Connecticut Olympic Development Program and he has established himself as lecturer and clinician in the region.

Prior to his coaching career, LeGates graduated from Division I University of Hartford, where his team won the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship and went to the Final 16 in the NCAA National Tournament in 1991. He holds an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). LeGates resides in Springfield, Mass. with his wife Jill, their son Jack and daughter Gabriella.

Jess Jess Gildea
Title: Assistant Coach
Email: jgildea@usj.edu
Experience: 8

Coach Gildea is in her eighth season as LeGates' assistant coach.

As a player, Gildea was a two-time All-GNAC pick in 2004 and 2005 at Saint Joseph after transferring from Central Conn. She had 13 goals and 11 assists in 2004 and followed that with 13 goals and 12 assists in 2005. Her assist total from 2005 is a single-season school record and her two 13-goal seasons are tied for third most in school history.

Gildea works as an Emergency Room nurse at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. She is a native of Enfield.