Becky Burleigh, who coached the University of Florida to the 1998 NCAA Division I women's title, will retire as the Gator' head coach after the 2021 spring season.
Burleigh, the only coach Florida' has ever had, is in her 26th season. The Gators have reached the NCAA Tournament in 22 of 25 seasons and won 12 SEC Tournament titles. She previously spent five seasons and won two NAIA titles as the head coach at Berry.
Burleigh's 1998 team featured Abby Wambach, who was a freshman.
“After spending most of my adult life as Florida’s soccer coach, I’m retiring from coaching at the conclusion of this season,” Burleigh said. “It’s been something I’ve been debating for quite a while. Once I finalized my decision, I felt compelled to share it with the team and our prospective student-athletes rather than wait until the season’s conclusion."