Shawn Kelly embarks on his 18th year as part of the Blue Devil coaching staff, for which he primarily works with the goalkeepers. Kelly brings a wealth of collegiate coaching experience, having worked with the University of Hartford, Trinity College and Central's men's program in the five years prior to joining the women's soccer coaching staff.
During his time with the Blue Devils, Kelly has mentored some of the top goalkeepers in CCSU history. Under Kelly's tutelage, Ashley Cavanaugh, Sabrina Mariani, Ashley Ferra and Erin Herd each won Northeast Conference Tournament MVP awards on their way to leading the Blue Devils to Northeast Conference Championships.
Herd was a first team all-conference selection in 2008 while Ferra garnered an all-conference first team selection and a second team All-New England honor during her time in New Britain. In addition, Ferra established new program records for most shutouts (10) and fewest goals allowed (15) in a season in 2005, breaking Mariani's marks of eight shutouts and 17 goals allowed. Herd posted eight of the team's 12 shutouts a year ago, and was 8-3-4 in goal as a senior.
Kelly also tutored the Northeast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year in four straight seasons. Nicki Turley earned the honor three straight seasons (2014-16), in addition to being named First Team All-NEC each season. Ashley Cavanaugh then picked up the streak earning both awards in 2017.
Kelly played collegiately at Quinnipiac University and spent time as a member of the the Glastonbury Celtic club team. Currently, Kelly is the General Manager for Tony DiCicco's SoccerPlus Camps, which is based in Farmington, CT.