Kelly Lindsey Named Associate Head Coach
Feb. 18, 2010
BERKELEY - Kelly Lindsey has accepted the position of associate head coach with the California women's soccer program, head coach Neil McGuire announced recently. Lindsey has extensive coaching experience at both the collegiate and professional ranks after playing collegiately at Notre Dame, guiding her team to the NCAA Tournament during each of her four years on the Fighting Irish squad.
'We are excited to have Kelly join us as she is a very experienced coach and player who knows a lot about the game,' McGuire noted. 'She will be a tremendous addition to the staff because she brings a wealth of knowledge that will benefit the team greatly. Having played professionally in the WUSA and internationally for the U.S., Kelly will be able to help our players understand the day-to-day activities that lead to championships.'
Lindsey, a native of Omaha, Neb., aided the Golden Bears in the role of volunteer assistant coach during the 2009 campaign. Joining the team midseason, Lindsey helped the coaching staff direct the Bears to an 11-9-1 record for the program's sixth-consecutive winning season and the 23rd in school history as well as a trip to the NCAA Tournament, where Cal advanced to the second round.
'It is a pleasure and an honor to join the Cal family full-time, and I appreciate the opportunity to be working side-by-side with Neil again,' Lindsey said. 'It is an exciting time to be joining such an incredible athletic department when so many positive movements are in place.'
As the associate head coach, Lindsey will be responsible for coaching on the defensive end of the field. She will also be heavily involved with recruiting and player development in addition to liaising with strength and conditioning.
'I appreciate all that Berkeley has to offer with its world-renowned culture, history, high academic standards as well as the rich athletic tradition of Pac-10 and winning national championships,' Lindsey said of Cal. 'This is a unique place to build a championship culture, and I am excited about the future of the women's soccer program.'
In addition to her duties with the Bears, Lindsey also works as the program manager for the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy and volunteers her time with the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI), a local nonprofit agency.
Prior to returning to the Bay Area, Lindsey coached at the highest level of the women's professional ranks, spending time as the assistant and head coach of Sky Blue FC, a team in the newly formed Women's Professional Soccer League. Lindsey is no stranger to the East Bay, having spent three seasons at the helm of Saint Mary's, where she guided the Gaels to a 17-33-8 overall record before leaving for Sky Blue FC.
Lindsey first worked with McGuire at Texas, during her time as assistant coach for two seasons under head coach Chris Petrucelli. Together, Petrucelli and Lindsey, coached Longhorns teams that went 26-16-3 in two seasons and advanced to the sweet sixteen of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Lindsey had a one-year stint with Colorado in 2003, when the Buffs won the program's first-ever Big 12 title and earned their first NCAA Tournament selection. In addition, Lindsey has been helping coach the U.S. under-21 women's team, as well as with the U.S. under-14 girls national development program.
Lindsey played professionally for the San Jose CyberRays of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) from 2001-2003, and was the league's top draft pick in 2001. She also had three caps with the U.S. women's national team.
A four-year letter winner and two-time co-captain of the Notre Dame's women's soccer team, Lindsey was a standout collegiate player. In her four years in South Bend, Ind., Notre Dame went 88-11-4 and 32-1-1 in the Big East. Lindsey played on teams that won four consecutive conference titles and NCAA Tournament births and reached the College Cup in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Additionally, she netted the game-winning penalty kick against Nebraska during the 1999 quarterfinals after playing in all 150 minutes of the game. A stellar defender, Lindsey and the Irish defense allowed just 59 goals and earned 62 shutouts in four years.