"I am very excited to announce that Alex Denning has accepted the position of head women's soccer coach at LCU," said Hise. "Alex was able to build highly competitive programs at the NCAA Division II level with limited scholarships and funding. We are looking forward to seeing the continued improvement of our women's soccer program under his leadership. The Athletic Department is excited to welcome Alex and his wife Lauren into our family."
Denning comes to LCU after four seasons at the helm of both the men's and women's soccer programs at Arkadelphia, Ark. based Ouachita Baptist University. In the four-year span, he led the men's program to their only two postseason appearances and the women's program to a Great American Conference championship match.
On the women's side, Denning produced a record of 23-33-4. Last season, OBU went 8-9-1 and lost in a shootout to East Central (Okla.) after a 0-0 tie in the conference championship game. He helped the Lady Tigers raise their team GPA from 2.8 to 3.69, which ranked third highest in the nation.
On the men's side, Denning posted a coaching mark of 24-29-4. The 45.6% win percentage is a program best at OBU. The Tigers qualified for the 2010 Gulf South Conference Tournament with an 11-6 record. They carried the GSC Player of the Year on their roster and Denning claimed GSC Coach of the Year accolades. The Tigers also raised their team GPA from 2.34 to 3.45 under the guidance of Denning.
Overall while at OBU, Denning coached 17 all-conference players, including a conference player of the year honoree, and 11 all-region players. His teams also received 71 honors of academic recognition to his players.
Denning is a Boston native, who was an Army Brat who eventually called Mesquite, Texas home. He played as a goalkeeper and eventually attended Ouachita Baptist before a pair of knee surgeries ended his collegiate playing career. While focusing on his academics, Denning spent a semester in Quebec and assisted the coaching staff at Bishops University while also playing semi-professionally with Le Vert. He returned to Arkansas and served as a head coach for the Arkansas Olympic Development Program and as an assistant coach at Arkadelphia High School. Alex is married to Lauren, who served as his assistant coach for both programs at the NCAA Div. II OBU program.
He takes over an LCU program that will mark the 2012 season as the third season in program history. Before resigning to pursue other coaching opportunities, Babak Abouzar led LCU to a pair of Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament appearances and to a combined 14-18-4 record over two seasons.