From the moment she took over the University of Tennessee women's soccer program on Jan. 4, 2000, Angela Kelly has shaped the Lady Vols into a Southeastern Conference powerhouse and a force on the collegiate soccer landscape. Before her promotion to head coach, the Big Orange had never advanced to the NCAA Tournament, claimed an SEC Tournament match, collected any of the league's hardware or been ranked in the final poll of any season. After taking over the program, Kelly took home four consecutive SEC Eastern Division banners, three straight SEC regular-season crowns and four SEC Tournament titles between 2000-08. The Lady Vol boss also owns three SEC Coach of the Year trophies which she collected each year from 2003-05.
Over the past 11 years, Kelly has combined strong recruiting, top talent, excellent leadership and team chemistry to create a Tennessee program that has made Lady Vol history and collected numerous accolades, both as a team and individually. Kelly has compiled a 145-77-20 overall record since taking over at Rocky Top, leading the team to four SEC Eastern Division titles, three regular season championships and four SEC Tournament crowns.
In her 11 years at the helm, Kelly's teams have reached eight NCAA Tournaments, making five Sweet 16 appearances. Her squads are 10-7-2 in the NCAA Tournament and have been nearly unbeatable at home, winning nearly 80 percent of the time in Knoxville.
Kelly has coached six players to All-America status, including three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American Keeley Dowling. In 2007, Kelly added two more names to the list in NSCAA third-team All-American Jaimel Johnson and Soccer Buzz third-team All-American Kylee Rossi. Tennessee also has garnered 32 All-SEC and 20 SEC All-Tournament Team selections during Kelly's tenure as head coach.
Under Kelly's tutelage, the Lady Vols also have excelled in the classroom. Over the past 11 years, Kelly's players have earned 142 selections to the Academic All-SEC Team and SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll, including a program-best 18 in 2003 and 2007. ESPN The Magazine has awarded the Big Orange with 12 Academic All-District IV selections and three of Kelly's student-athletes with Academic All-America honors. In addition in 2008, Jaimel Johnson became Kelly's fifth NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-South Region honoree.
Despite a 10-9-1 overall record and a 7-3-1 mark in league action in 2010, good enough for third overall in the SEC, Tennessee failed to reap a nod to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. Tennessee was undone by four one-goal defeats and a 2-5 start to the campaign, a seven-match span that included three ranked teams including #1 North Carolina on the road. Junior midfielder/forward Chelsea Hatcher led the Lady Vol offense with eight goals and 20 total points on her way to first team All-SEC and second team NSCAA All-South Region accolades.
The script for the 2009 campaign didn't go quite to plan as the Big Orange managed an 8-9-3 overall record and failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. Included were seven single-goal losses, proof that just a bounce here or there could have made a big difference. There were highlights to mention as senior midfielder/forward Mick Imgram scored 12 goals, including a league-best eight in SEC contests, on her way to first team All-SEC accolades. Midfielder Amy Harrison scored a pair of goals and dished a team-high four assists in reaping SEC All-Freshman status, while junior goalkeeper Molly Baird made 101 saves and shined in the classroom, earning ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District and NSCAA Scholar All-South Region honorable mention honors.
The highlight of Kelly's ninth season was certainly the Lady Vols' fourth SEC Tournament title. After entering the tournament as the No. 6 seed, Tennessee became the lowest seeded squad ever to capture the title after downing Auburn in the first round, topping LSU in a penalty shootout and getting revenge against Georgia in the final after the Bulldogs' 2-0 win on Senior Night in Knoxville. Along with the title, the win over Georgia guaranteed Tennessee its eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance under Kelly. Senior goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson became UT's first SEC Tournament MVP and joined former All-American and current assistant Keeley Dowling as Tennessee's representatives in the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer season.
In her eighth season at the helm, Kelly helped bring the Lady Vols to new heights in 2007. After getting off to the best start in program history at 7-1-1, the Orange and White marked its highest ranking in program history at No. 6 in the NSCAA/adidas poll on Oct. 2. After leading the SEC in points and goals during the conference season and helping UT battle for the division and overall titles down to the last game of the regular season, Kylee Rossi became Tennessee's first two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Though the squad was knocked out of the SEC Tournament in the quarterfinals, it still earned its seventh invitation to the NCAA Tournament and reached its fifth Sweet 16. Following another successful year, the accolades poured in with Johnson, Rossi and Emily Redberg, as they earned NSCAA All-Southeast Region nods and All-SEC honors.
The 2006 season saw the Lady Vols make their fourth NCAA Regional Semifinal in five years. Finishing with a 12-7-4 overall mark, Tennessee compiled a 6-3-2 record in SEC play, tying the team for second in the league and second in the East. Ali Christoph became just the second UT player to earn All-America accolades twice in her career, as the Columbus, Ohio, native garnered second-team honors from the NSCAA/adidas and a third-team selection from Soccer Buzz magazine. Christoph also became soccer's third ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, picking up second-team honors.
Triple Crown Champions
Prior to the 2006 season, Kelly made her mark in the SEC, guiding the Big Orange to four consecutive Eastern Division titles, and three straight SEC regular-season and tournament championships. Between 2003 and 2005, the Lady Vols garnered four All-America and two freshman All-America selections, and had 12 players named All-SEC, while winning five NCAA Tournament matches.
Though 2005 looked to be a rebuilding year, Kelly's fifth-ranked recruiting class stepped in and picked up where the 2004 squad had left off. The team compiled a 10-1 conference record and took home the Lady Vols' second SEC "Triple Crown," winning the Eastern Division, SEC and SEC Tournament titles in 2005. The Big Orange capped the season with a fifth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, All-America honors for Ali Christoph and freshman All-America honors for Kylee Rossi.
Seven seniors led a talented squad to a 17-5-2 mark and a third straight SEC Eastern Division title in 2004. The Lady Vols followed their second consecutive regular season conference crown with a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. Kelly took home a second straight SEC Coach of the Year award and had a program-best seven players earn All-SEC honors. Senior defender Keeley Dowling capped an impressive collegiate career with her third NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz All-America selection, while five of her counterparts earned All-Central Region honors. Meanwhile, senior Kayla Lockaby and junior Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart made more history, earning the program's first ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors.
En route to the program's first-ever SEC Triple Crown in 2003 and its second straight Sweet 16 appearance, Kelly's squad put together a program-best 12-match unbeaten streak which began with an upset of fifth-ranked Florida and ended in the NCAA Sweet 16 on Nov. 22. A solid defensive corps that posted 12 shutouts on the season was anchored by Dowling, a first-team All-American and the Lady Vols' first SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Dowling became the first player from the Rocky Top to earn consecutive All-America honors. Kelly took home her first SEC Coach of the Year honors, while Tennessee earned three All-SEC selections and put four players on the All-Tournament Team. Meanwhile, off the pitch, 18 of Kelly's student-athletes were named to the 2003 SEC Academic Honor Roll, a new program standard.
The Early Years
Rapid improvement over Kelly's first three years at the helm was capped by an assortment of achievements during the 2002 season, as the Orange and White made its first Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Women's College Cup, notched its firsttop-10 finish and claimed its initial SEC Tournament and Eastern Division titles en route to an 18-6-1 overall record.
The Big Orange established a slew of single-season records in '02: victories (18), longest unbeaten streak (nine), longest home winning streak (nine), most overtime matches (nine), longest winning streak (eight) and best home record (9-1), in addition to picking up its first triumphs within both the SEC and NCAA events. The UT Soccer Complex was also chosen as one of 16 venues for the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, and the home team responded by knocking off Furman (5-0) and No. 22 Cincinnati (2-1).
Under Kelly's tutelage, United States Under-19 National Team captain Dowling became the first women's soccer All-American in school history when she was honored by the NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz magazine. In addition, Kim Patrick was one of 15 finalists, and the lone SEC representative, in contention for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top player in Division I.
In 2001, Kelly directed the Lady Vols to their first-ever appearance in the national rankings and guided the team to its initial berth in the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. In a season filled with highlights, none shown brighter than when Kelly led Tennessee to an upset over eighth-ranked Florida, snapping the Gators' SEC-record 50-match winning streak. Kelly's corps of freshmen, rated as the fifth-best incoming class according to Soccer Buzz, spearheaded the squad's meteoric rise on the national scene. Rookie midfielder Sue Flamini became the first UT player to earn first-team All-SEC honors in her debut season, while Dowling earned second-team recognition.
In Kelly's inaugural season as head coach, the Lady Vols were 12-8 overall and turned in what was then the most successful performance in the program's existence. UT was 7-2 in league play, establishing program bests in wins and highest finish, as the Big Orange was second in the Eastern Division and managed the second-best record in the entire Southeastern Conference. Two of Kelly's standout players in 2000 earned All-SEC accolades for their efforts, with Kelly Berrall becoming the first player in school history to bring home first-team honors.
In the Beginning
Having served as an assistant at the inception of the program for four years, Kelly enters her 16th campaign in Knoxville. She previously arrived at Tennessee in January 1996 after a distinguished playing career at the University of North Carolina under legendary coach Anson Dorrance.
As a standout player for the Tar Heels from 1991 to 1994, Kelly earned All-America honors as a senior as well as being named to the NCAA All-Tournament and All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams for three consecutive years.
In NCAA Tournaments, Kelly scored eight goals and had four assists to help UNC to four consecutive national championships and an overall record of 97-1-1. During her tenure, the Tar Heels also won four Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season titles, four ACC Tournament titles and were ranked No. 1 in the country each year.
A durable and consistent midfielder, Kelly established what was then an NCAA individual career record for matches played (99) and started (94) at UNC. Upon her graduation, she also ranked 11th in Tar Heel history with 38 career goals, was 12th in scoring with 103 points and 18th in career assists with a total of 27. In August 2002, she was selected as one of 50 members of the ACC's 50th Anniversary Women's Soccer Team. Following her illustrious collegiate career, Kelly served as a student assistant coach with the `Heels in 1995.
Kelly also gained extensive experience on the international level as a nine-year member of the Canadian National Team. On May 11, 2004, she became one of 11 new inductees to The Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in Vaughan, Ontario. Just the third woman to be inducted into the prestigious shrine, Kelly earned 29 international caps for Canada during her playing career. One highlight for the midfielder was starting every game during the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden. In addition, she participated in the W-League for two seasons for the Raleigh Wings, capturing a pair of national championships in 1998 and 1999.
Kelly hails from Brantford, Ontario, but is a native of Scotland. She earned a bachelor's degree in physical education with an emphasis in psychology from UNC in 1994. She lives in Knoxville with her 10-year-old golden retriever, Jake.
|Kelly's Head Coaching Record at Tennessee|
|2000||12-8||.600||7-2||.778||Second in SEC East|
|2001||11-6-1||.639||7-2||.778||NCAA First Round, Tied for Second in SEC East|
|2002||18-6-1||.740||6-2-1||.722||NCAA Sweet 16, SEC Tourney & East Champions|
|2003||17-5-2||.750||7-1-1||.833||NCAA Sweet 16, SEC Triple Crown|
|2004||17-5-2||.750||10-1||.909||NCAA Sweet 16, SEC East and Regular-Season Champions|
|2005||15-6-2||.696||10-1||.909||NCAA Second Round, SEC Triple Crown|
|2006||12-7-4||.609||6-3-2||.636||NCAA Sweet 16, Tied for Second in SEC East|
|2007||15-5-2||.727||8-2-1||.773||NCAA Sweet 16, Third in the SEC East|
|2008||10-11-2||.458||5-5-1||.500||NCAA First Round, SEC Tournament Champions, 4th SEC East|
|2009||8-9-3||.475||4-5-2||.455||SEC Tournament, 5th SEC East|
|2010||10-9-1||.525||7-3-1||.682||SEC Tournament, 3rd SEC East, 3rd SEC Overall|
|Totals:||145-77-20||.640||77-27-9||.721||Five NCAA Sweet 16 appearances; Eight NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|Kelly's SEC Tournament Results|
|Year||Round||Opponent||Result||Site||Kelly's SEC Record|
|2000||First||Vanderbilt||L, 2-0||Athens, Ga.||0-1 (.000)|
|2001||First||Kentucky||L, 4-2||Baton Rouge, La.||0-2 (.000)|
|2002||First||Georgia||W, 1-0||Oxford, Miss.||1-2 (.333)|
|Semifinal||Kentucky||W, 1-0 OT||Oxford, Miss.||2-2 (.500)|
|Final||Florida||W, 2-1 2OT||Oxford, Miss.||3-2 (.600)|
|2003||First||South Carolina||W, 1-0||Orange Beach, Ala.||4-2 (.667)|
|Semifinal||Mississippi||W, 2-0||Orange Beach, Ala.||5-2 (.714)|
|Final||#8 Florida||T, 1-1 (UT 7-6 PK)||Orange Beach, Ala.||5-2-1 (.688)|
|2004||First||Kentucky||W, 2-0||Auburn, Ala.||6-2-1 (.722)|
|Semifinal||Vanderbilt||W, 1-0||Auburn, Ala.||7-2-1 (.750)|
|Final||#8 Florida||L, 2-1 2OT||Auburn, Ala.||7-3-1 (.682)|
|2005||First||LSU||W, 2-0||Orange Beach, Ala.||8-3-1 (.708)|
|Semifinal||#20 Vanderbilt||T, 0-0 (UT 4-3 PK)||Orange Beach, Ala.||8-3-2 (.692)|
|Final||Auburn||W, 1-0||Orange Beach, Ala.||9-3-2 (.714)|
|2006||First||Auburn||W, 5-2||Orange Beach, Ala.||10-3-2 (.733)|
|Semifinal||Kentucky||L, 2-0||Orange Beach, Ala.||10-4-2 (.688)|
|2007||First||South Carolina||L, 2-0||Orange Beach, Ala.||10-5-2 (.647)|
|2008||First||Auburn||W, 2-1||Orange Beach, Ala.||11-5-2 (.667)|
|Semifinal||LSU||T, 1-1 (UT 4-2 PK)||Orange Beach, Ala.||11-5-3 (.657)|
|Final||Georgia||W, 1-0||Orange Beach, Ala.||12-5-3 (.675)|
|2009||First||Florida||L, 1-0 2OT||Orange Beach, Ala.||12-6-3 (.643)|
|2010||First||LSU||L, 1-0 OT||Orange Beach, Ala.||12-7-3 (.614)|
|Totals||22 games||Six semifinals||Five finals||12-7-3 (.614)|
|Kelly's NCAA Tournament Results|
|Year||Round||Opponent||Result||Site||Kelly's NCAA Record|
|2001||First||Duke||T, 1-1 (Duke 4-2 PK)||Chapel Hill, N.C.||0-0-1 (.500)|
|2002||First||Furman||W, 5-0||Knoxville, Tenn.||1-0-1 (.750)|
|Second||#22 Cincinnati||W, 2-1||Knoxville, Tenn.||2-0-1 (.833)|
|Sweet 16||#2 North Carolina||L, 3-1||Chapel Hill, N.C.||2-1-1 (.625)|
|2003||First||Oklahoma||W, 1-0||Knoxville, Tenn.||3-1-1 (.700)|
|Second||Georgia||W, 1-0||Knoxville, Tenn.||4-1-1 (.750)|
|Sweet 16||#8 Florida||L, 1-0||Gainesville, Fla.||4-2-1 (.643)|
|2004||First||Furman||W, 2-0||Knoxville, Tenn.||5-2-1 (.688)|
|Second||UAB||W, 1-0||Knoxville, Tenn.||6-2-1 (.722)|
|Sweet 16||#6 Ohio State||L, 1-0||Columbus, Ohio||6-3-1 (.650)|
|2005||First||#25 Wake Forest||W, 5-2||Charlottesville, Va.||7-3-1 (.682)|
|Second||#6 Virginia||L, 3-0||Charlottesville, Va.||7-4-1 (.625)|
|2006||First||UAB||W, 4-0||Knoxville, Tenn.||8-4-1 (.654)|
|Second||Duke||T, 0-0 (UT 4-3 PK)||Knoxville, Tenn.||8-4-2 (.643)|
|Sweet 16||#1 North Carolina||L, 6-2||Chapel Hill, N.C.||8-5-2 (.600)|
|2007||First||Furman||W, 2-0||Knoxville, Tenn.||9-5-2 (.625)|
|Second||Clemson||W, 1-0 2OT||Knoxville, Tenn.||10-5-2 (.647)|
|Sweet 16||#2 Portland||L, 3-0||Portland, Ore.||10-6-2 (.611)|
|2008||First||Charlotte||L, 2-0||Chapel Hill, N.C.||10-7-2 (.579)|
|Totals||19 games||Five Sweet 16 appearances||10-7-2 (.579)|
|Name: Angela Kelly|
|Birth Date: Oct. 3, 1971|
|Hometown: Brantford, Ontario, Canada|
|Education: B.S. in Physical Education,|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1994|
|Head Women's Soccer Coach, Tennessee, 2000-Present|
|Asst. Women's Soccer Coach, Tennessee, 1996-99|
|Student Asst. Coach, North Carolina, 1995|
|SEC Coach of the Year - 2003, 2004, 2005|
|Sweet 16 - 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007|
|Eight NCAA Tournament berths|
|SEC Triple Crown - 2003 & 2005|
|Captured first SEC Tournament and regular season titles in UT program history|
|Has coached 21 All-SEC players and three NSCAA All-Americans|
|Four-time NCAA Champion at North Carolina|
|Soccer News first-team All-American - 1994|
|Three-time NCAA All-Tournament selection|
|Three-time All-ACC choice|
|Canadian National Team member - 1989-96|
|Third woman inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame|