Dec. 16, 2005
Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's Director of Athletics and Recreational Sports, Carl R. Clapp today announced that Kelly Lindsey has been hired as the new head women's soccer coach at Saint Mary's College. Lindsey becomes the fourth head coach in the 25 years of the Saint Mary's women's soccer program. Lindsey joined the coaching ranks in 2003 after establishing herself as a standout defender at the Division I, professional, and national levels.
"After completing a national search for a head women's soccer coach, we're extremely excited to hire a person with the soccer credentials that Kelly possesses," said Clapp. "Kelly has competed at the highest level in women's soccer and coached at two outstanding Division I institutions. We believe that she is the right fit to lead our women's soccer program to the next level."
"It's a dream come true for me to be a head coach at the Division I level. This is what I've been working for and striving to get to my whole life," said Lindsey. "I always knew my soccer career was going to end sometime, and when that day arrived, this is what I've always wanted to do. I've been fortunate to play under two of the countries most successful college coaches in Randy Waldrum at Notre Dame and Chris Petrucelli at Texas. I've gained a wealth of knowledge from them, and feel very confident in taking what I've learned from them and start my own program."
Lindsey comes to Saint Mary's after spending the past two seasons as the top assistant coach at the University of Texas, under head coach Chris Petrucelli. In her two seasons at Texas, the Longhorns posted a 26-16-3 overall record, and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, her first season with the program.
Before joining the UT staff, Lindsey was hired as an assistant coach at Colorado for the 2003 season and helped head coach Bill Hempen's squad post a 15-4-1 overall record en route to earning the program's first-ever Big 12 title and NCAA Tournament berth. Prior to her coaching career, the Omaha, Nebraska native served as a defender for the Women's United Soccer Association's (WUSA) San Jose CyberRays from 2001-2003, was a member of the full U.S. Women's National Team on three occasions, and was a four-year letter winner, and two-time team captain at Notre Dame from 1997-2000.
The WUSA's top draft pick in 2001, Lindsey played in 47 games for the CyberRays over three seasons, while making 44 starts on defense. She posted one goal on five shots on her way to becoming the youngest player in league history to play in at least half of the franchise's games. She also helped San Jose capture the 2001 World Championship and garnered second-team WUSA All-Global Team honors that year. Additionally, she was selected as the CyberRays' Most Valuable Defender in 2002 after anchoring the club's central defense.
"Ever since I played with the CyberRays, I fell in love with the Bay Area and always wanted to get back here. I know a few people that played at Saint Mary's and the school has always intrigued me. This is a place that I wanted to be. Saint Mary's is a special place and I'm very excited about being the College's new head coach," said Lindsey.
Prior to entering the WUSA, Lindsey graduated from Notre Dame in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in economics and computer applications after serving as a starting defender for the Irish from 1997-2000. During her tenure in South Bend, Indiana, she not only helped her club compile an 88-11-4 record, including a 32-1-1 mark in Big East play, but was also a member of a defensive line that allowed just 59 goals and tallied 62 shutouts in four years. Selected to the 1997 Soccer America All-Freshman Team and the 2000 All-Big East as well as NSCAA All-Region squads, Lindsey scored four goals and registered 14 assists for 22 points over a college career in which she played in 82 games and aided Notre Dame in capturing four consecutive conference titles, earning four NCAA Tournament berths and in reaching the Women's College Cup in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Notably, she netted the game-winning penalty kick against Nebraska during the 1999 quarterfinals after playing in all 150 minutes of the match.
Lindsey added, "The West Coast Conference is ranked as the third best conference in the country, and when it comes to women's college soccer, that's very impressive. Having two national powerhouse programs in this conference in Portland and Santa Clara, it immediately raises the stakes and increases the challenge."
Additionally, Lindsey, who is a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation's Athlete Council Committee and has also served as the U.S. Under-21 National Team assistant coach, was selected to partake in the U.S. Under-16 (1995), Under-21 (1996-99) and National Team (1997-99, 2001) camps prior to joining the full women's national squad for stints in 2000 (when she played every minute to aid the U.S. in winning the Australia Cup), 2001 (for the U.S. Nike Cup) and 2002 (for the U.S. team match versus Scotland).
What others are saying about Kelly Lindsey
"Kelly is a rising star in the coaching worlds and she is a great hire for Saint Mary's College. I'm sure she'll have great success as a head coach."
-- Chris Petrucelli - University of Texas head women's soccer coach
"Kelly is clearly an up and coming coach and will change the landscape of the game for the next 20 to 30 years. Being a young coach, she is one of those up and coming stars and will be one of our countries top coaches in the years to come. Knowing her from her playing days, she was a competitor and a warrior both here at Notre Dame and during her time in the WUSA. She was just a great leader for our program and you could see early on that she was going to be a great coach.
-- Randy Waldrum - Notre Dame head women's soccer coach
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