Central Connecticut women's soccer alum, Allison Kelley, was recently named the new head women's soccer coach at Anna Maria College, it was announced on Monday by Laura Habacker, the Anna Maria College Athletic Director. Anna Maria College is a Division III University located in Paxton, MA and participates in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).
Kelley, a recent 2015 graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor Degree in Education, brings a wealth of playing experience to the AMCAT's sideline.
While at CCSU, Kelley was a four-year starter for the Blue Devils and was a two-time All-Northeast Conference Second Team selection. She started in 62 of the 66 games she appeared in over her career and scored seven times with 12 assists from the Blue Devils' midfield.
"I am honored to be named the new head coach of Anna Maria College," said Kelley. "I hope to continue to build the success the team had last year and further progress as a competitive women's soccer program."
Since concluding her collegiate playing career in the fall of 2013, Kelley has moved to the sidelines as the head coach within the Farmington Soccer Association (FSA) girls' program. She currently works with the FSA U-15 team, specializing in building technical ability. She also spent a season as the track and field coach at Plainfield High School, and has spent many summers coaching at various soccer camps, including the Connecticut Soccer School, the Bryant University Soccer Academy, and the Mix Summer Soccer Camps.
Kelley will become the 10th coach in Anna Maria soccer history. She assumes an AMCAT program that had their best season in over a decade last year, as the team won six games—the most since 2006—including its first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) game.
A 2010 graduate of Lasalle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island, Kelley was a two-time Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year selection and was also named an All-American twice.