Women's Soccer

 Michelle Rayner
Michelle  Rayner

Associate Head Coach


Women's Soccer Inks Two in 2014 Signing Class

Jon Lipsitz and staff welcome two new players to 2014 roster


Women's Soccer Announces Elite Camp Information

Elite Camp to be held February 9 inside Nutter Fieldhouse


Rayner Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Coaching staff looks to carry momentum off historic 2011 season


2012 Kentucky Soccer Camps

Camps throughout June and July


2012 Kentucky Soccer Camps

Camps throughout June and July


WSOC vs. Vanderbilt, 102512

UK defeats Vanderbilt 3-0 to close the home season on Senior Night.


WSOC vs. No. 13 Florida, 091412

Women's Soccer Upsets No. 13 Florida in SEC Opener; UK downs Gators for first time since 2006


WSOC at Louisville, 090712

UK Upsets No. 12 Louisville In Road Opener; Cats get goals from Horner, Hubly; PK save from Louisville native King


WSOC vs. UNC Greensboro, 083112

Women's Soccer Cruises to 2-0 Win over UNC-Greensboro; UK defense posts second clean sheet in win Friday

Associate head coach Michelle Rayner is in the sixth year of her second stint with the UK women's soccer program.

Rayner served as an assistant in the program from 2001-04. During her time in Lexington, Rayner helped coach seven Wildcats to seven All-SEC honors.

"Coaching here at UK is a process - what we do here every day has value in and of itself and the journey and path that we're on is extremely tough, but very satisfying knowing that we're helping build a program that we can all be proud of.

"It takes time to implement our own culture, however, our current players here at UK have done a tremendous job in believing what we're doing and caring enough to focus on this every day. We're very excited moving forward and cannot wait for our new incoming players to join us so we can continue to work hard at getting better in every aspect."

Rayner returned to Lexington after serving as head coach at High Point for the last four seasons where she led the Panthers to a 33-38-12 record, including a 19-13-11 mark in her last two seasons. In 2007, Rayner guided High Point to the Big South Tournament Championship and made the school's second appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Along the way the team matched the program's Division I record for season wins with 11. In 2008, she equaled the all-time program record for fewest losses in a season with five.

During her time at High Point, she produced 14 All-Big South performers and recruited and developed three Big South All-Freshman selections. Rayner's insistence on excellence in the classroom showed results as well, producing two Big South Women's Soccer Scholar Athletes of the Year and four CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honorees.

Prior to her coaching tenure at UK, Rayner began her collegiate coaching career as the top assistant for the men's and women's soccer programs at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. She earned her bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in coaching from Lincoln Memorial in 2001.

In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Rayner served as the Director of Coaching for the Knoxville (Tenn.) United Stars Girls club, where two of her teams won Tennessee State Championships and other squads captured titles in numerous tournaments around the region.

Rayner, who played professionally in Australia and England for several years before coming to the United States to pursue a college education, was a member of the New Zealand National Team that competed in the first Women's World Soccer Championships in China in 1991.

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