ALEX DENNING | HEAD COACH
Denning joined the Lady Chaps soccer program for the 2012 season and led the Lady Chaps to a 12-5-2 finish. They opened the season with a 12-0-0 record and they were the final NAIA program to suffer either a tie or loss on their record. 2013 marked their first season in the Heartland Conference and went from a 2-4-2 conference record in 2012 to a 7-2 mark in conference to finish in third place. They went 10-7 overall. They followed with a second straight third place finish in the Heartland Conference in 2014, going 6-2 in conference play. They completed the season 11-6 for their third consecutive season of at least 10 wins.
He came 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. In 2011, 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 and assumes the same role with the Lady Chaps. They enjoyed the birth of their first child (Luke) during the offseason.