Kelly Wakeman enters her fifth season at the helm of Ursinus Women’s Soccer. Wakeman's teams have improved each year, reaching the Centennial Conference semifinals each of the last two seasons.
The 2015 campaign was Wakeman's best yet. She guided the Bears to 12-6-1 overall record and a 7-3 mark in CC play, matching a program record for conference victories. Ursinus shut out nine opponents and defeated Gettysburg in penalty kicks in the first round of the CC playoffs before seeing its season end with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of top-seeded and nationally ranked Swarthmore.
In 2014, Wakeman led the Bears to a 9-7-2 overall record and a 6-2-2 Centennial Conference standing. The season also included a birth in the CC postseason for the first time since 2010, with Ursinus advancing all the way to the semifinals but eventually falling to Johns Hopkins, 2-1.
Prior to taking over at Ursinus, Wakeman spent five years as the head coach of Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, where she guided the program to its first NJCAA Division III national championship in 2011.
During her five year run at Montgomery, Wakeman posted a 72-19-1 record. She was named National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX Coach of the Year three times, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America South Region Coach of the Year twice, and in 2011 was named National Junior College DIII Coach of the Year. Wakeman also produced five All-Americans and 17 All-Region/All-Conference selections in five years.
Other stops include fellow Centennial Conference school Muhlenberg College as a goalkeepers coach, Whitehall High School, and Easton Area High School. Wakeman also coached club soccer for ENCO United and Lower Macungie Youth Soccer.
Wakeman is a 2004 graduate of Moravian College, where she was a standout goalkeeper and graduated cum laude. Coach Wakeman also holds a Masters of Education from Edinboro University, Advanced National and National coaching licenses from the NSCAA, and a goalkeeper Level 2 NSCAA Diploma in addition to many special topics diplomas.
In the summer of 2015, Wakeman had the privilege of traveling to Canada as a part of the NSCAA Women’s World Cup Experience and watched a total of eight World Cup games, including the historic World Cup Final victory in Vancouver on July 5th.