For the past several seasons, Lee Xixis has been a fixture on the sidelines for Central High School girls’ soccer as an assistant coach. Now after a year off, Xixis is back with the program as its new head coach.
“I’m excited to get started. There’s a whole lot to sort through in the first week or so getting everything set up and planned,” Xixis said. “I’m excited to get rolling and get our conditioning going and get everything set so we can get started with summer practice.
The announcement was made Tuesday, April 9. He is taking over for outgoing coach David Amado, who stepped down from the role following the 2018 season.
"We are excited to welcome Coach Xixis back into the Raider family. He will provide excellent leadership and experience," CHS Athletic Director Rebecca Koger said in a statement.
Xixis previously spent nine seasons working as an assistant under Amado. He had been with the Lady Raiders since his graduation from Maryville University, where he also played soccer. After getting married, buying a house and having a child, Xixis took this past season off to focus on his family, returning to take the head coaching role upon its opening.
Xixis is looking forward to helping the girls compete and grow as soccer players. His experience with the older members of the team is something he believes will help with the transition and allow them to hit the ground running.
“I’m familiar with who will be upcoming juniors and seniors, so I kind of know, at least half the team, what we’re working with,” Xixis said. “Obviously I’m shooting to get first place in the district. That’s your goal no matter what.”