In a shocking announcement Thursday morning, West Virginia University director of athletics Shane Lyons stated that men’s soccer head coach Marlon LeBlanc has resigned his position, effective Dec. 30, 2019. While seemingly sudden, sources do not believe this is anything controversial. No quotes from LeBlanc on the matter have been reported, though.
LeBlanc took over for Mike Seabolt before the 2006 season, coming to WVU from his alma mater Penn State (1994), where he served as assistant coach for five years. He compiled a 138-100-34 record in his 14 seasons as the head of the Mountaineer men’s soccer program, including six NCAA tournament appearances.
Four Mountaineers were drafted by MLS clubs during his time and multiple others were picked up by international and lower-division U.S. clubs. LeBlanc coached seven All-Americans at WVU and Andy Bevin was named to the Senior CLASS second team.
The Mountaineers won their first-ever conference championship in November, capturing the Mid-American Conference title as the lowest-seeded team in the tournament. WVU defeated Butler in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Soccer Champions before a loss to in-state rival Marshall ended the season.
LeBlanc was involved with soccer development programs in Morgantown and the state as a whole and teamed with diversity initiatives on WVU’s campus. He recently donated $2,500 to The WVU Center for Black Culture and Research.