|Alma Mater:||Kent State University|
Kelly Young is in her third season as assistant women’s soccer coach at Saint Louis University.
A former goalkeeper, Young guided Mary Niehaus to first-team All-Conference and third-team All-Region honors in 2016, Niehaus’ first season between the posts at SLU. Niehaus’ 0.56 goals against average and five shutouts in league games topped the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Young helped Hanna Benben enjoy her best season in 2015. Benben led the A-10 with a career-best .824 save percentage and compiled a career-best 0.96 GAA.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kelly to the Billiken family,” head coach Katie Shields said upon Young’s hiring. “It was really important in this hire to have someone who fits the vision of our program and the chemistry of our staff as we take the program to new heights.
“We were looking for someone with a positive and passionate mentality on a daily basis and knew that Kelly was the best candidate for the position,” Shields said. “I’m thrilled that she accepted the opportunity.”
Young came to SLU after serving two seasons as a graduate assistant for the Valparaiso University women’s soccer program.
Young coached Valparaiso’s goalkeepers and was the recruiting coordinator for a program that enjoyed its best season in 2014. The Crusaders registered a 14-2-4 overall record that included their first-ever perfect conference mark (8-0-0); captured Horizon League regular-season and tournament championships; and battled No. 4 national seed Notre Dame to the wire in an NCAA Championship first-round game before falling 1-0.
Under Young’s guidance, Valparaiso achieved national rankings of fifth in GAA (0.43), fifth in save percentage (.885) and 11th in shutout percentage (.600) in 2014 while posting a school-record 12 shutouts.
Young also has been an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach with the FC Pittsburgh club program; an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Chatham (Pa.) University; and a volunteer assistant at her alma mater, Kent State University.
Young ranks first in minutes, third in wins, shutouts and saves, and seventh in GAA on Kent State’s career goalkeeping lists. She was a team captain as a fifth-year senior in 2011 when the Golden Flashes won the Mid-American Conference East regular-season championship.
Young holds a master’s degree in sports administration from Valparaiso and a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology with a minor in athletic coaching from Kent State. She and her husband, Bo, were married in June 2017.