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Former Wings star Hollimon named head coach

May 16, 2011

{WICHITA, Kan.} — The Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League have named LeBaron Hollimon as head coach of the team.  The Wings are re-launching this fall after being inactive since 2001.  Hollimon played for the Wings from 1992-1999.

Hollimon's professional playing career started in 1991 as a 2nd round draft pick of the Tulsa Ambush.  Hollimon joined the Wings the following season and was the first native Wichitan to sign and play for the Wings.  For seven seasons, Hollimon helped lead the Wings to six playoff appearances.  Hollimon finished in the top five in every major statistical category in his career in Wichita.

Hollimon went on to play one season for the Edmonton Drillers, where he played in 54 out of 55 games and was voted the team?s Defensive Player of the Year.  Hollimon finished his career with the Kansas City Attack in 2001.

During the off-seasons of playing soccer, Hollimon coached various club teams and at camps.  His first coaching experience came in Wichita where he was the head coach of the 49ers Soccer Club.  The 49ers were made up of high school aged girls.  He led the 49ers from

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1993 to 1998.  His squads won the prestigious USA Cup tournament in

1994 and 1997 and were crowned Kansas State champions in 1996.

In 2001 Hollimon took the reins of the Cholita's Strikers '85 in Wichita.  He coached the Strikers '85 team for three seasons placing 

second in the state in 2001 and winning the Disney Cup in 2002.  

Hollimon coached the Strikers ?88 club from 2002-2004.  Most recently, Hollimon led the WSO United ?96 club from 2003-2008.  The United team won the state title in 2008.  LeBaron was inducted into the Kansas Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008.

Following his playing career, Hollimon began pursuing his career in the education field.  Hollimon earned his teaching certificate in General Science and Biology from Wichita State in 2002.  Hollimon taught science at Curtis and Jardine Middle Schools while he continued his own education at Baker University.  In 2007 he was awarded a Master's Degree in School Leadership and was named Assistant Principal at Mead Middle School in Wichita in August of 2008.

LeBaron is married to Annette. They have been married for 17 years and have three children, 17 year old Godson Kain Jackson, 14 year old son DeBray, and 8 year old daughter Dayza.

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