Entering her fourth full season as the assistant women’s soccer coach, Tracy Hay continues to be a catalyst for the Tigers’ recent success. Her responsibilities include team budgeting, travel and fund raising. Hay’s on-field duties include handling the Tigers’ individual and team defense.
Hay has assisted George Fotopoulos in crafting one of the best defenses in the history of the LSU soccer program. Last season she was an instrumental part of the Tigers’ 12-win season in which the Tiger defense led the conference in fewest goals allowed (16) and fewest points scored (44).
In her first season as LSU’s assistant coach, Hay helped guide the Tigers to a school-record 15-6 overall mark and the team’s third trip to the Southeastern Conference Tournament. The Tigers allowed only 22 goals during the 2000 season, a number that proved to be the fewest among SEC schools that year.
Hay came to LSU in the spring of 2000 after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Texas at Dallas for one season.
Under her maiden name, Tracy Ward, Hay played collegiate soccer for the Florida Gators where she was a member of three SEC Championship squads.
She was a starting defender on the Gators’ 1998 NCAA Championship squad and was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Hay received the Gator Soccer Award for her excellent performance both on and off the field in 1998. She also received the Gator Community Service Award in 1997.
Hay also played competitively for the Tampa Town N’ Country Heather club team that won national titles during both 1995 and 1996 seasons. Hay was also a member of the Florida Olympic Development Program from 1992-1994.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Hay graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1995 before earning her bachelor’s degree in zoology from Florida in 1999. Hay received her NSCAA Regional Coaching Diploma in August, 2003.
Married to Bumper Hay on Aug. 4, 2000, the couple had their first child, Colton, July 2, 2002.
Accomplishments and Highlights
- Starting defender on the 1998 NCAA Championship team (Florida)
- Member of the 1995 and 1996 National Championship teams (Tampa Town N’ Country Heather)
Playing and Coaching Information
Years Capacity Organization
1992-94 Player Florida Olympic Development Program
1995-96 Player Tampa Town N’ Country Heather
1996-99 Player University of Florida
1999 Volunteer Assistant Coach University of Texas at Dallas
2000- Assistant Coach LSU