Kelly Wakeman named head women's soccer coach

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Ursinus College Director of Athletics Laura Moliken has announced the hiring of Kelly Wakeman as head women's soccer coach.

Wakeman comes to Collegeville after five seasons as the head women's soccer coach at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. She most recently guided Montgomery College–Rockville women's soccer to a NJCAA DIII National Championship in 2011, the first soccer championship in the history of Montgomery College.

"We are delighted to have Kelly on board," said Moliken. "She has an impressive background in soccer and her familiarity with the Centennial Conference will help her continue to build our women's soccer program."

Wakeman has been the women's soccer coach at Montgomery since 2007, posting a 72-19-1 record in five seasons.  In her time there, she has been named National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX Coach of the Year three times and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America South Region Coach of the Year twice. She was the National Junior Coach DIII Coach of the Year in 2011.  She produced five All-American and 17 All-Region, All-Conference selections in five years.

"I am humbled and honored to be the next head women's soccer coach at Ursinus College," said Wakeman  "I am thrilled to be a part of the Ursinus community and I feel very welcomed into the UC family of coaches."

"I am excited about the future of the women's soccer program—we have a spirited returning group of players and a talented new class that will be ready to compete this fall."

She spent one year as an assistant coach at Muhlenberg College, where she worked with the goalkeepers. She also was an assistant coach at Whitehall High School and Easton Area High School She also has been involved in coaching club soccer through ENCO United and Lower Macungie Youth Soccer.

She is a 2004 graduate of Moravian College, where she graduated Cum Laude and she is currently pursuing a Masters of Education degree from Edinboro University. She was a goalkeeper for the Greyhound women's soccer team, while at Moravian.

"Laura Moliken has shown wonderful leadership and I am so grateful for the opportunity that she has given me to continue the great tradition of a strong women's soccer program at Ursinus, " Wakeman added.

"To all of the current players and alumni, I am confident that we will build on past achievements and project the Ursinus women's soccer program into newfound success.  I am excited about the opportunity that I have to lead student-athletes as they accomplish the academic and athletic goals that they came to Ursinus to complete."