In 2016, Tim Leyland was named the Pottstown Mercury “Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year” after leading Spring Ford High School’s girls’ team to a 22-win season, the Pioneer Athletic Conference title, and an appearance in the District 1 playoffs.
Leyland departed Spring Ford after the 2017 season and has continued to make a name for himself in the area’s girls’ soccer circles as a coach with the West-Mont United Premier organization. But, after a three-year hiatus from coaching high school soccer, Leyland felt it was time to return to the school setting in addition to continuing his work with West-Mont.
On Monday, March 2, Hill School Director of Athletics Seth Eilberg introduced Leyland as the School’s next head girls’ soccer coach.
“It was clear in our search process that Coach Leyland had both the soccer acumen and the relational leadership skills to propel our girls’ soccer program forward,” Eilberg said. “He instantly connected with our players. He has a proven track record of building both soccer teams and helping players reach their full potential. His vast connections in the soccer world will attract girls to Hill who want a great education and to play at a high level of independent school soccer. I know our players can’t wait to get back on the field and start working with him.”
In 2007, Leyland landed his first coaching job at Norristown High School. He remained at Norristown until 2010 and spent the 2011 season at Council Rock High School before accepting a position as assistant girls’ coach at Spring Ford High School for the 2012 season.
Leyland joined the Spring Ford program as the team was ascending into the upper echelon of high school girls’ soccer not just in the region, but in the entire state, reaching the state final in 2013. Leyland became the team’s head coach in 2014, a capacity he held for four seasons. During his tenure as head coach, Leyland guided the Rams to three conference championships and three trips to the state tournament. In all, Leyland spent six years on the Rams’ sideline, during which time the program’s cumulative record was 113 wins, 27 losses, and 11 draws.
In addition to his high school experience, Leyland has been heavily involved with West-Mont United since 2012. He currently is head coach of the 2002 (birth year) West-Mont Girls Premier team and assists the 2004 age group, and he is the age group coordinator for the 2010 team. Early in his coaching career, Leyland also spent three seasons with the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, serving as the head coach of the Philadelphia Region U12 boys’ team. Leyland earned his US Soccer Federation National B coaching license in 2012.