Former LSU women’s soccer All-American Malorie Rutledge joined the women's soccer team as assistant coach in 2012. She assists head coach Derek Leader in all aspects of the program.
In her fourth year with the program, the team had an impressive Sun Belt Tournament run. The Panthers eventually fell to the No. 1 South Alabama Jaguars after posting two upsets over the No. 2 and No. 3 teams. The only two upsets in the tournament allowed Georgia State to reach the finals, making it past the quarterfinals for the first time under the current staff.
During their second season in Atlanta, the Panthers improved to 6-10-1 overall and 4-4 in conference play. GSU will look to continue that improvement in 2013 as nine starters return from a season ago in addition to 10 freshmen and transfers.
A Georgia native, Rutledge returned to her home state after serving one year as assistant coach with the Pittsburgh women’s soccer team. Prior to her stint at Pittsburgh, she played for the Philadelphia Independence of the Women’s Professional Soccer league in the spring of 2010 but made the decision to retire after sustaining her fourth career knee injury.
A standout athlete at her alma mater, Rutledge owns a wealth of knowledge and skill, as she was considered one of the most talented women’s soccer players in LSU history. Among her accomplishments, she was named a three-time All-American and a three-time All-SEC first-team selection. She was named SEC Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and also selected to the Hermann Trophy watch list in 2008 and 2009.
A world-class midfielder and one of the most prolific scorers in the game during her career, Rutledge wrapped up her collegiate career as LSU’s all-time leader in assists (46), points (102), game-winning goals (12) and career starts (88). She currently ranks No. 2 all-time in Southeastern Conference history in career assists and her 28 goals rank fourth on LSU’s all-time career list. Rutledge was a member of the most successful senior class in the history of the LSU soccer program, helping guide the Tigers to three SEC Western Division championships and three NCAA tournament appearances in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
After her stellar career, Rutledge earned the prestigious honor of being named one of the five greatest female athletes in LSU history by The Dig.
Before making a name for herself at the collegiate level, she developed her skill playing club soccer for the Peachtree City Lazers as well as for her women’s varsity soccer team at East Coweta High School. While with the Lazers, she helped lead the team to the Georgia Club state championship four times, the Region III Premier League Championship in 2004 and a third-place national finish in 2002. Due to her impressive play at East Coweta, the school retired her No. 3 jersey during her senior season. Along with her club and high school play, Rutledge was a seven-time member of the Georgia State Olympic Development Program team.
In addition to her immaculate skills, Rutledge has also garnered some experience in coaching. While at LSU, she spent two years with the Baton Rouge Youth Soccer Association coaching U15 and U11 girls. After her time with the Philadelphia Independence, she returned to LSU to serve as an assistant for the 2010 season. Rutledge currently serves as the Assistant Age Group coach for the U-16 Region III ODP team, under her former LSU head coach.
Claiming Sharpsburg, Ga. as her hometown, Rutledge graduated from LSU in 2010 with a degree in sociology.