STUART HORNE | CO-HEAD COACH
Stuart Horne is entering his fourth year with the Campbell women's soccer program as a head coach. In February of 2017, it was announced that Horne would serve as co-head coach alongside Samar Azem.
Horne owns an overall head coaching record of 73-69-8, including a 34-23-3 ledger in his time with the Fighting Camels. His .592 win percentage at Campbell is the highest for a head coach in program history. Through three seasons, Horne has coached a Big South Attacking Player of the Year, six First Team All-Conference honorees, one Second Team All-Conference honoree, four All-Conference Honorable Mentions and five All-Freshman team members.
In 2016, Horne became the first head coach to lead Campbell women's soccer to three-straight conference semifinal appearances. The Camels finished the season with a 12-8-0 record, racking up 40 goals on 43 assists. CU posted six shutouts on the year, with a goals-against-average of 1.57. The 2016 team had six players on all-conference teams, including Alexa Genas, Payton Ormsby and Murita Storey who each earned first-team honors from the Big South.
Horne led the Camels to a runner-up finish in the 2015 Big South Tournament, the program's first championship game appearance since the 2011 campaign. During the 2015 campaign, Horne's defensive group boasted a 0.99 goals-against average on the year, including eight shutouts. The team allowed more than one goal only five times throughout the season. Offensively the Camels led the conference in total assists (39), while finishing second in points per game (4.90) and total points (103). The squad also tallied 32 goals on the year, placing third in the Big South Conference. The 2015 team recorded six players on all-conference teams including Ashley Clark who won the Big South Attacking Player of the Year and Payton Ormsby, both of whom earned first-team honors.
In 2014, Horne completed his first season at the helm of the Campbell Women’s Soccer program. He compiled an 8-8-3 (5-3-2 in Big South) record and reached the semifinals of the Big South tournament. He is the first, first-year coach in program history to reach the semifinals of the Big South tournament. The Camels finished the season second in the Big South in goals-against average with 1.18, improving on the 2.27 GAA from the previous season. They also finished second in shots on goal percentage with 53.5% of shots on target, an improvement of the 51.1% the season prior.
Horne, a Fayetteville, N.C., native, has been a part of the Elon staff for the past nine years. He was promoted to associate head coach before the 2011 season after serving as the assistant coach since 2005. Prior to his time at Elon, Horne was the head coach at Chowan College for five years, where he was named NCCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 2004.
In 2013, Horne helped Elon to its best record in Division I competition at 13-3-6, the runner-up in the Southern Conference regular season and tournament. The Phoenix finished the season with a season-best RPI of 74 out of 327 teams, and earned the first top 10 NSCAA regional ranking in program history, finishing at No. 10, alongside nine ACC programs. One of Horne’s primary responsibilities at Elon was recruiting, as he brought in reigning SoCon Player of the Year and all-region selection Nicole Dennion.
In all nine years of his tenure at Elon, the Phoenix were given the NCSAA Academic Award. The team also qualified for the SoCon Tournament eight times while Horne was on the coaching roster.
At Chowan, Horne led a team that finished with a No. 3 NCCAA national ranking in 2004, advancing to the NCCAA final four. His 2003 team advanced to the first postseason play in program history, qualifying for the USA South Conference Tournament. He left Chowan with 44 wins, the most wins for a Chowan women’s soccer coach.
Horne also served as first assistant with the Hampton Roads Piranhas, a member of the United Soccer League’s W-League, from 2002-2005. In 2003, the Piranhas won the W-League National Championship with a 14-0 final record.
Horne has been involved with the Olympic Development Program in both Virginia and North Carolina. In Virginia, he was a staff coach with the girls’ program in the Southeast District and ran the North Carolina ODP Training Center on the Outer Banks. He has earned both the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and the USSF D License.
Horne holds a degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He graduated cum laude in 1997. He and his wife, Leslie, have two sons, Keegan and Gavin, and one daughter, Arwen.
SAMAR AZEM | CO-HEAD COACH
Samar Azem is entering her fourth season with the Campbell women's soccer program. In February of 2017, she was promoted to the role of co-head coach alongside Stuart Horne after serving as an assistant coach for one year and an associate head coach for two seasons. An alumna of Campbell, Azem was a goalkeeper for the Camels women's soccer program from 2003-07.
In 2016, Azem coached an attack that led the conference in goals (40), assists (43) and points (123). The Camels had six athletes named to all-conference teams, including Alexa Genas, Payton Ormsby and Murita Storey who received First-Team All-Conference honors. The Campbell defense posted six shutouts on the year, including three in a row to end the season and clinch a top-4 seed for the Camels in the conference tournament.
In her second season with Campbell and first as associate head coach, Azem continued to improve the Camels goalkeepers and defense. The team finished the campaign with a 0.99 goals-against average overall and a 1.11 goals-against in Big South play. The senior goalkeeping duo recorded a combined eight shutouts during the season, en route to Campbell's runner-up finish in the Big South Tournament. She also was the lead in team training sessions as well, which saw the team reach high offensive outputs. The Camels offensive scoring per game ranked fourth in the Big South (1.52), with their assists (39) ranking first in the conference and 26th in Division I. The team finished third in the conference in total goals on the season (32) and second in total points (103).
During her first season as assistant coach, Azem primarily focused on goalkeepers and the defense. Prior to Azem's arrival the 2013-14 season had a 2.27 goals-against average (39 goals), which was second lowest in the Big South Conference. During her first season, the Camels defensive grouping only allowed 24 goals in 18 matches, earning the second best goals-against average in the Big South at 1.18. The tandem of Alexis Connors and Samantha Lawson combined for five shutouts, improving on the three during the 2013 season. During the course of conference play, Azem also devouted time to working with and bettering the other aspects of the team throughout training and Big South games.
Prior to Campbell, Azem was the head coach at Anderson University for three seasons (2011-13). At Anderson, she compiled a 21-24-9 overall record, with a 12-10-7 mark in three years of South Atlantic Conference play. After the 2013 season, three Trojans were placed on SAC all-conference teams, including three-time selection, goalkeeper Kaitlyn Neipp. Azem coached 10 Trojans to postseason all-conference accolades during her tenure.
In 2011, Anderson reached the semifinal round of the SAC Tournament, the first ever appearance for the Trojans, and Azem guided the team to a No. 8 ranking in the Southeast Region during the regular season.
Prior to arriving at Anderson, Azem served as an assistant coach at Presbyterian for the 2010 season, where she primarily focused on goalkeeper training. Blue Hose goalkeepers recorded five shutouts on the season with a 1.99 goals-against average, the strongest by a PC team during the transition to NCAA Division I. While at Presbyterian, Azem took the lead in designing, creating and implementing PC’s first-ever winter camp and worked with supporters and community groups to raise funds for facility upgrades and to boost awareness in the community.
Azem was the top assistant at Mercer in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The Bears won their first ever regular season Atlantic Sun championship in 2008, as Azem coached keeper Jean Worts, whose goals-against-average ranked 11th in the nation among Division I goalkeepers, while the overall defense ranked sixth nationally.
In 2007, Azem began her coaching career as an assistant at Brevard College, where she coordinated recruiting, team travel, scouting, and game-day preparations.
Azem also brings club coaching experience to the Creek. She was the head coach of the 2012 ‘97 CESA Anderson and part of the SC ODP (Olympic Development Program) staff and 2000 girls’ head coach. While at Mercer, she trained goalkeepers at the Central Georgia Soccer Association and the Macon Soccer Club, two of Central Georgia’s largest soccer clubs. Azem has trained and evaluated young players at Carolina Elite Soccer Association and has also organized and overseen camp and clinic sessions with a number of top Georgia clubs in the Atlanta region.
During her collegiate playing career at Campbell University, Azem helped lead the Fighting Camels to the A-Sun Conference regular-season and tournament championships in 2004. In 2005 she was named to the all-Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Team for her performance in goal, helping the Camels return to the conference tournament title match. Azem also garnered A-Sun all-academic recognition and earned the squad’s Coaches Award twice (2005-06).
She remains in the CU women’s soccer record book, currently ranking fifth all-time in saves (183), tenth in solo shutouts (5) and seventh in GAA (1.39)
The Jos, Nigeria, native graduated with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and a minor in psychology from Campbell in 2007 and earned her master’s degree in education from Mercer in 2010.
JAMIE CORTI | ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
Director of Athletics Bob Roller announced the promotion of Jamie Corti to associate head coach in February of 2017. Corti joined the Fighting Camels women's soccer staff as an assistant coach in the Spring of 2016.
"We have a balanced staff, and Jamie is an integral part of that make up," co-head coach Samar Azem said following Corti's promotion. "She is a fantastic training coach, and is very astute at studying and breaking down the important pieces of the game that are necessary for our program and player development. Add to that her resume of winning and her incredible ability to relate to and motivate our players, and she's definitively earned their respect.
"She's one of the hardest working recruiters I know, and is not only well-connected but has one of the most specific recruiting eyes. She has and will continue to add critical strides in our program's development. She knows her information and she knows how to teach it. To be able to promote her into an Associate Head Coach role is an exciting step forward for our program, and one I am personally thankful for."
In her first season as assistant coach, Corti helped lead a Campbell squad that ranked first in the Big South in goals (40), assists (43) and points (123). She played a large role in coaching the Camels' defensive unit, which posted six shutouts on the year including three in a row to end the season and clinch a top-4 seed for CU in the conference tournament.
Prior to her coming to Campbell, Corti served as an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida since June 2013. The Knights made the NCAA tournament each year during her tenure in Orlando, including a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2014 season.
As a member of the UCF staff, Corti helped the Knights appear in their ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament, 20th overall appearance, and host their first round match. In the 2014 season, she helped the Knights to their first undefeated conference record since the 1999 season. The team also won the American Athletic Conference, the first team in UCF history to do so. The team had three player of the year honors from the conference and won a school record 18 games. Also during 2014, she earned her NSCAA GK level 1 and NSCAA Diploma.
"I was extremely fortunate to work with Tiffany Sahaydak at UCF," Corti stated on her time at UCF. "During my time there we accomplished a lot on the field, but more importantly, I learned a tremendous amount from one of the best coaches and leaders in the profession. I am thankful for the opportunity to return to North Carolina and continue to grow professionally, while working with a group of amazing young women who are eager to learn and develop."
Prior to joining the UCF staff, Corti spent two seasons at Virginia Commonwealth University as a graduate assistant where she helped the team record 13 shutouts and boast the third best goals allowed and goals against average in the CAA in 2010. She returned to VCU in 2012 as an assistant coach after a year as an assistant coach at her alma mater, UNC Greensboro. During the 2012 season, she helped the Rams to a 12-5-5 record and an Atlantic 10 Championship game appearance.
Corti played collegiately at UNC Greensboro from 2004-08. During her time as a Spartan, the team captured four Southern Conference championships, including a perfect conference record for three of them. The team also made the NCAA tournament twice during that span. As a starter at center defender, the Spartans boasted a 44-4-4 record in conference play. In 2007 and 2008, she was a team captain and named team MVP. She was also a first-team all-SoCon selection during those two seasons.
Following the 2007 season, NSCAA and Soccer Buzz named her to the third-team all-region for her outstanding performance on a backline that allowed 0.86 goals-against per game during the 2007 campaign. During her final three years, she started 65-of-66 games, allowing just 0.92 goals-against, including 33 shutouts.
"Samar and I could not be more excited to have Jamie join the coaching staff here at Campbell University," Horne said. "Jamie's outstanding playing career at UNCG and her coaching success working with some of the top coaches and programs in the country is going to be a tremendous benefit to our players and the program. The determination, competitiveness, and drive that Jamie will bring are going to help bring Campbell women's soccer to the next level."
Corti was born in Florence, Italy and her family relocated to Apex, N.C. prior to her high school career, where she was an all-state defender at Apex High School.