Athletics: Women's Soccer
Head Coach Leslie Benintend
Leslie Benintend is the winningest coach in the history of Muhlenberg women's soccer with an outstanding record of 201-131-30 (.597) in her 19 seasons.
Benintend became just the third female in College athletic history to record 200 wins when the Mules defeated Franklin & Marshall, 1-0, on October 12, 2013.
Benintend has led the Mules to 12 appearances in conference, regional or national tournaments in the last 16 years, including NCAA Tournament berths following Centennial Conference championships in 2000, 2001 and 2003 and an at-large berth in 2009. Muhlenberg reached the regional finals in both 2001 and 2003, finishing the season ranked 17th and 23rd, respectively, in Division III in those years.
Muhlenberg won back-to-back ECAC Mid-Atlantic championships in 1998 and 1999. The program also had All-Americans in 2000 and 2001, its first two
Benintend came to Muhlenberg from nearby Kutztown University, where she coached in 1994.
Benintend was a three-time soccer All-American at her alma mater, Cortland State, and was named the school's female athlete of the year in 1992. She played in the 1990 NCAA Division III championship game and was the 1991 SUNYAC Eastern Division player of the year.
Following her collegiate career, Benintend spent one year as head junior varsity coach at Cortland State and one year as graduate assistant coach at East Stroudsburg University.
Assistant Coach Anna-Kate DePaolo
Anna-Kate DePaolo came to Muhlenberg for the 2014 season following a four-year playing career at Division Indiana (Pa.) University. DePaolo started 41 of the 68 games in which she played, helping the Crimson Hawks to a winning record each season. A resident of Perkasie, Pa., DePaolo graduated in 2014 with a degree in exercise science and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. She has coached at several camps the past few summers and received the ESF Camps Ichiban Award for Outstanding Coaching at the Philadelphia Union Soccer Schools.
Assistant Coach Scott Mang
Scott Mang joined the Muhlenberg coaching staff for the 2005 season. A 1996 graduate of Bloomsburg University, where he played for three years and was assistant coach for two, Mang coached the Northwestern Lehigh High School boys team from 1998 to 2001, winning a district championship and earning coach-of-the-year honors from the Morning Call in 1999. He went on to start the high school varsity program at Northern Lehigh High School in 2002.
Assistant Coach Wolfgang Hochleitner
Wolfgang Hochleitner is in his sixth season as an assistant at Muhlenberg. Hochleitner began his college career at Muhlenberg and went on to captain the team at the University of New England, where he served as a player-assistant during his senior year. He continues to play and coach in the Lehigh Valley and works with many of the local female high school players. He has also coached local youth clubs and at Whitehall High School.