May 12, 2012

Earlham coach moves to Carleton

Carleton athletic director Gerald Young announced today the hiring of Jocelyn Keller as head women’s soccer coach.

Keller is the ninth head coach in Carleton women’s soccer history and takes over a program that has enjoyed six consecutive winning seasons, three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008-10, and back-to-back MIAC championships in 2010 and 2011. She replaces Keren Gudeman, who resigned on Feb. 21 to pursue other passions, including creative endeavors.

Keller recently completed her fourth season as the head coach of the Earlham women’s soccer program. She posted a 49-24-3 (.664) record during her time guiding the Quakers. Under her direction, the Earlham program reached the postseason for the first time in 2009 as a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Quakers then shifted to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and earned a share of the HCAC championship in both 2010 and 2011.

“We’re very excited that Jocelyn has accepted our invitation to become the new head women’ soccer coach,” said Young. “She brings a wealth of experience successfully coaching and teaching at institutions with high academic reputations. Her commitment to the Division III philosophy, advanced coaching skills, and high energy level make her a great fit to continue to the rich tradition Carleton women’s soccer enjoys.”

Keller earned the HCAC Coach of the Year award in 2010 after the Quakers ended the campaign with a school-record victory total and a 14-6-1 overall ledger, including an 8-1 mark in conference matches. Her squads recorded double-digit win totals in all four of her seasons at Earlham, a feat accomplished only three total times in the 20 seasons prior to her arrival on campus. In 2008, she led the Quakers to a .500 record (4-4) in conference, then directed them to a 20-5-1 conference mark over her final three seasons. Before she took over the reins of the program, the Quakers had posted only three seasons with a .500 or better record in conference contests.

Following the 2010 and 2011 campaigns, Earlham players received All-HCAC honors 15 times, including recognition as the conference’s offensive MVP both times. A total of five players from those teams could be found on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region squad.

“Joining the Carleton PEAR Department is a honor and privilege,” said Keller. “I feel a genuine connection with Carleton's mission and am pleased to join the faculty as well as take over Keren's legacy of excellence. The Carleton women's soccer program has achieved a great deal, and I will take great pride in contributing to the program's growth regionally and nationally. I am grateful for my mentors and colleagues who have supported me in my professional career and look forward to contributing equally to the Carleton athletic department, faculty and Carleton community at large.”

After graduating from DePauw in 2004, Keller began her coaching career as assistant coach at Earlham. After two seasons at Earlham, she continued her career as an assistant at Williams where the Ephs posted an 8-3-3 record in 2006. Prior to returning to Earlham, she served as an assistant coach at Washington and Lee in 2007, helping the Generals to a 16-4 record. Keller holds a NSCAA National Diploma as well as a goalkeeping license.

Keller spent last summer developing her coaching skills as she completed the NSCAA two-week coaching clinic at the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Upon completion of the curriculum on special topics, she returned overseas with 365 Sports and led a U15 team to Goteburg, Sweden, to play in the Gothia Cup, a worldwide tournament featuring over 1,500 youth teams.

A member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II staff, Keller has also run offseason camps and clinics at the University of Virginia, the U.S. Naval Academy, Washington & Lee, Boston University, and Earlham.

A native of Cincinnati, Keller played for a nationally-ranked club team (Classics Hammer F.C.) and high school team (St. Ursula Academy). As a player at DePauw, she made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Final Four her senior year as she earned team MVP and all-conference recognition.

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