Dr. Leigh Sears

Associate Professor of Kinesiology
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Leigh Sears started at Hope in 2000 as the head women’s soccer coach and professor of kinesiology. After completing her Ph.D. in 2007, Leigh was promoted to associate professor.

Over 22 seasons, Dr. Leigh Sears has become Hope's most successful women's soccer coach with a 260-128-37 overall record through the 2022 season. She has guided the Flying Dutch to six Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships and seven appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Areas of Expertise

Leigh’s dissertation was about body image and over-exercise in female athletes involved in team sports in the Midwest. She has also published on the body image of those involved in individual sports. Leigh’s current research interest remains body image and the female athlete, and how it affects eating as well as exercise habits.


  • Ph.D., exercise science, Ohio State University, 2007
  • M.S., exercise science, Ithaca College, 1997
  • B.A., physical education and health education K-12, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1991


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Dr. Leigh Sears

Phone Number616.395.7693

DeVos Fieldhouse 222 Fairbanks Avenue Holland, MI 49423-3624
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