Cleaves Enters Second Season as Inferno’s First Team Head Coach 

New Assistant Coach Adam Morris and Staff Ready for Inaugural Season in the USL W League

Lancaster, PA – Lancaster Inferno is thrilled to announce the 2024 coaching staff who will lead the First Team in their inaugural season in the USL W League. This will be the club’s 10th year operating as a pre-professional women’s soccer team and is Pennsylvania’s only all-girls travel soccer club that provides a player pathway from youth to pro-am. 

Stephanie Cleaves, former Inferno First Team player and assistant coach, returns for her second season as Head Coach after being named the 2023 UWS East Conference Coach of the Year and recently earning her USSF B License. Last season, Cleaves and her staff led the Inferno to a UWS East Conference Championship title and a trip to the National Championship Tournament in Santa Clarita, CA. 

Cleaves will retain a similar coaching staff from the previous 2023 season with Assistant Coach Wendell Hannaford entering his 4th season and also serving as the Head Coach of the U23 Team First Team / U23 / U20 Goalkeeper Coach Kenny Archer returns for his 3rd season along with Chris Weibel who will spend his 10th season as Performance Coach / First Team Assistant Coach. 

Former U20 Assistant and Current Youth Club Coach Adam Morris is set to join the staff for the 2024 season. Coach Morris is a former professional soccer player that has over 20 years of coaching experience, and holds his UEFA C License. Read more about Morris HERE and the rest of the 2024 coaching staff HERE

Inferno opens the season on the road this Sunday, May 19th against Eagle FC at Mountain View Middle School in Mechanicsburg. The rest of the 2024 season schedule can be accessed HERE. 

Article written by Emily Bucolo

About Lancaster Inferno

Founded in 2008, Lancaster Inferno fields a women’s pre-professional soccer team that competes in the USL W League. The First Team roster is composed of players who want to pursue their professional aspirations and features current/post college players and former professionals.

Committed to fostering a comprehensive player pathway from youth to pre-professional levels, Lancaster Inferno is the sole all-girls travel soccer club in Pennsylvania offering age-appropriate opportunities across various stages of development.

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About the USL W League

The USL W League is a leader in pre-professional soccer in North America, developing the next generation of women’s talent both on and off the field. The USL W League strives to use women’s soccer as a force for societal good by creating a national platform to increase opportunity, gender equity, and career development. The League and its member clubs are committed to investing in women’s soccer – through not only financial resources but also with time, energy, and attention – and are united in our mission to grow the women’s game.

The USL W League will serve as the nation’s premier pre-professional league developing the next generation of women’s talent both on and off the field, enhancing the women’s soccer pipeline between college and professional soccer. Learn more at

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