Simon Duffy
Simon Duffy
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 423-652-4704
Email: [email protected]
Year: 6th Year
Previous College: Lambuth ('03)

Simon Duffy enters his sixth season as the head coach of King women's soccer program. He has led the team to Conference Carolinas Tournament appearances in all five years, including their first conference tournament victory in 2013 and their first home conference tournament match in 2015. He brings enthusiasm and a youthful spark to the program that stems from his days as a Division II player and coach at the high school and collegiate levels.

Under Duffy's tutelage, the Tornado posted an overall record of 9-7-2 overall and 7-3-1 in Conference Carolinas play to earn their first Conference Carolinas Tournament home match as the fourth seed in 2015. However, the Tornado fell to Converse in double overtime in the quarterfinal match to end their season, their second double overtime loss to the Valkyries in as many games. Hulda Sigurdardottir led the way for the Tornado, earning thrid team All-American honors from both the NCAA and D2CCA as well as first team All-Region honors from both organizations. She was also selected Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference. Kara Garrett earned second team all-conference honors and Lindsey Curtis was named third team all-conference.

In 2014, King started the season with four straight wins, their best start since becoming NCAA Division II members. The Tornado then closed the season with four straight wins, including a 2-1 victory over Barton in overtime on Senior Day in the regular season finale. In all, King earned the fifth seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament after posting a league mark of 7-4. The Tornado fell at fourth seed Belmont Abbey in the Conference Carolinas Tournament 2-1 in overtime to end the season with an overall record of 10-8, their first winning record since 2009. The team was led by Rachel Thorpe who earned Daktronics second team All-Region honors and third team All-Region honors from the NSCAA. Hulda Sigurdardottir was named the Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year and garnered second team All-Region honors from the NSCAA. The duo both earned first team all-conference honors while Catherine Walsh was selected to the all-conference third team.

King qualified for their third straight Conference Carolinas Tournament in 2013, winning their first tournament game in three years as members of the league. The Tornado earned the eighth seed and traveled to take on conference champion Lees-McRae College in the first round of the conference tournament. However, that didn't phase the Tornado, as freshman Paula Doran netted the game's only goal in the 58th minute to give King the monumental upset of the Bobcats. The win snapped a 10-winless streak against the Bobcats and it marked the first time since 2006 that the eighth seed defeated the top seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament. In all, the Tornado finished with a 6-11-2 record while going 2-5-2 in league play. Katie Keys was named to the all-tournament team while Rachel Thorpe earned first team all-conference honors and Bekah Ramstack garnered second team all-conference recognition.

For the second consecutive season, the Tornado qualified for the Conference Carolinas Tournament in 2012. King finished with an overall record of 4-10-2, including a 3-6-2 mark in league play. Heidi Steger was named second team All-Conference Carolinas while Caroline Gentry and Lauren Kist earned academic all-conference honors.

In year one of Duffy’s tenure at King, he led the Lady Tornado to a postseason berth in its first eligible year after making the transition to NCAA Division II. After a slow start to the 2011 campaign, Duffy turned the team around near the midway point of the season and guided them to a remarkable finish that included a win or draw in eight of the team’s last 11 games and went 7-1-1 in Conference Carolinas matches leading into the conference tournament and four shut outs in that time. Under his guidance, he saw three players named to the All-Conference Team and Morgan Shelton named to the NSCAA/NCAA and Daktronics All-Southeast Region teams.

At the end of the season, the Tornado were recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with a Team Academic Award and saw five of its players named to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic team.

Duffy came to King after a five-year coaching tenure at his alma mater, Lambuth University (Jackson, Tenn.). From 2006 to 2010, he was instrumental in taking the program through its transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II status and led the Lady Eagles to an overall record of 24-53-4 over that time against top conference and national competition. In conference play, his teams combined for an 6-9-0 mark.

His players enjoyed much success both on and off the field where multiple Lady Eagles were named to the Academic All-Conference, Academic All-American, All-Conference and All-NAIA Honorable Mention honors under his leadership.

Prior to his time at Lambuth, Duffy spent one season at Young Harris College (Young Harris, Ga.) where he was an assistant coach with the Mountain Lion men’s soccer team in 2005. Before joining Young Harris, he spend two years serving as the co-head coach of the boys and girls soccer programs at Martin Westview High School (Martin, Tenn.), where his coaching career began. While at MWHS, his teams won four district championships, two region championships and advanced to the Tennessee State Tournament for the first time in school history in 2004 with a return trip the following year. Duffy also served as part-time head coach for the Jackson Soccer Club from 2002-2011.

Duffy played collegiately at Lambuth from 1999-2003 where he was a two-time All-Mid-South Conference selection and was a part of a Mid-South Conference championship team his freshman year. He later went on to captain the Eagles before graduating. While a player, Duffy helped his team become ranked in NAIA polls, taking the Eagles as high as No. 16 nationally.

Before attending Lambuth, Duffy played nine seasons (1990-99) for Parkvilla Football Club in his native home of Navan, Ireland. Duffy holds a USSF ‘A’ Coaching License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He also holds an FAI (Football Association of Ireland) Level 1 & Youth Coaching Diploma. Duffy is a member of the TN ODP State staff (Boys & Girls)

Duffy graduated from Lambuth in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. He then attended the University of Tennessee - Martin where he earned his master’s degree in Education in 2005. He and his wife Lizzie currently reside in Kingsport, Tenn. 


Duffy’s Collegiate Coaching Career



Overall Record

Conference Record


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2011 King University 8-8-1 7-4-1
2012 King University 4-10-2 3-6-2


6 years