Lee Squires was hired as the Lander head men's soccer coach in January 2015.
Squires, who replaces longtime Lander coach Van Taylor, comes to Lander after serving four years as the head coach at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C.
"Coach Squires is recognized in the soccer community as one of the brightest and most successful young coaches in the country," said Jeff May, Lander Athletic Director. "He will be a good fit for Bearcat soccer and Lander University. We are pleased to welcome Coach Squires and his wife Sadie to Lander and Greenwood."
Squires, a native of Sheffield, England who began coaching at Lees-McRae at the age of 23, is also an LMC graduate and played four seasons for the Bobcats. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and was a member of the Sigma Beta Delta Business Honors Society.
As the LMC head coach, he posted an overall 40-29-7 record during his four seasons for a .572 winning percentage. The Bobcats were 13-5-2 this past season (2014) and reached the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game. During the year, LMC upset nationally-ranked No. 12 Lander and No. 10 Limestone. His 2011 team reached the NCAA Division II national tournament.
Since 2011, Squires has also served as the assistant coach for the North Carolina Olympic Development Program and was the head coach for the 2011 HSA Force '98 in Premier UK Soccer.
The Conference Carolinas Player of the Year in 2008 and 2010, Squires was an NSCAA All-American in 2007 and 2008, and a Daktronics All-American in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He was also named the conference tournament MVP in 2007 and was selected to the conference all-tournament team in 2008 and 2010. He earned Academic All-Conference honors in 2011 and 2012.
During his career at LMC, Squires, who was the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in the 2007 and 2009 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament, set single-season school records goals scored (25) points (54) and game winners (nine). He is the Bobcats' all-time leading scorer in goals (67), points scored (149) and game winners (22).
He played for the United Soccer League's Premier Development League, representing the Ocean City Nor'eaters in 2008 and the SC United Bantams in 2012.