The University of Pennsylvania's head coach of women's soccer, Darren Ambrose, has announced the hiring of Kelly Keelan as an assistant coach with the program. She replaces Kaleen Adami, who was with the program for the last two seasons.
A native of Broomall, Pa., Keelan spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio University working with the Bobcats' goalkeepers and field players in skill development, while also assisting with practices and other day-to-day operations for the program. Under Keelan's supervision in 2010, the Ohio defense tied program records for fewest goals allowed (21) and shutouts (six).
"Kelly is a great addition to our staff," said Ambrose. "For a young coach, she has already shown a desire to excel in the profession and brings experience as both a field player and an accomplished goalkeeper at the college level. She has already gained experience as an assistant in a college program, which has given her a head start jumping in at Penn.
"Kelly has strong ties to the Philadelphia area, having played club soccer for The West Chester Predators. She will be involved in recruiting in this region along with training our goalkeepers."
Keelan enjoyed a standout college career at George Mason. During her four years with the Patriots, she played both goalkeeper and forward, playing in 71 games including 40 starts. As a forward, Keelan amassed 21 goals and 11 assists for 53 points; in the nets, she tallied 58 saves and had a 1.39 goals-against average for her career. Keelan also served as a team captain and was named All-Colonial Athletic Association. As a junior in 2008, she led GMU in the amazing combination of goals, points, saves and shutouts. In 2007, she led the Patriots in goals, assists, points and shots.
In addition to her career at GMU, Keelan also played with the Philadelphia Liberty of the WPSL (Women's Premier Soccer League) and was a keeper in England's U-19 National Pool in 2006. She also played for the Philadelphia Charge, a WUSA youth team, and on the West Chester United club team for seven years.
Keelan currently holds a NSCAA National Coaching License. She completed her bachelor's degree in Health, Fitness and Recreation Management in May 2010 at Mason, and then earned a Master's of Science degree in coaching education at Ohio.