Kelly Wakeman was named head women’s soccer coach at Muhlenberg College in 2018, bringing 11 years of collegiate head coaching experience, including one that resulted in a national championship.
“There is a caring, inclusive environment alive and well at Muhlenberg that I am thrilled to be a part of! It is inspiring to me to be back where my college coaching career began, in an amazing conference, and close to family and friends," said Wakeman. "I am determined to build on a strong tradition within the women’s soccer program and elevate the team to new heights.”
In 2017, Wakeman was the head coach at Widener University, where she was named MAC Commonwealth coach of the year after leading the Pride to a 12-7 record, its first conference semifinal appearance since 1995 and its first ECAC Tournament berth since 2008.
For the previous five seasons, Wakeman was head coach at Ursinus College, one of Muhlenberg’s Centennial Conference rivals. She coached the Bears to 38 wins and two CC playoff berths during her tenure.
Wakeman, who lives in nearby Easton, Pa., served as head coach at Montgomery (Md.) College from 2007 to 2011, developing a team that won only one game in the season before she arrived to a nationally ranked soccer program that won the 2011 NJCAA national championship. Montgomery was ranked in four of her five seasons, and Wakeman was named regional coach of the year three times and national coach of the year once.
A 2004 graduate of Moravian College, where she played four years as a goalkeeper, Wakeman earned her master’s in education from Edinboro University in 2014. She served as goalkeeper coach at Muhlenberg in 2006 and has also been an assistant at Swarthmore College, Whitehall High School, Easton Area High School and Bethlehem Catholic High School.
The fourth coach in Muhlenberg women’s soccer history, Wakeman holds a United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma and NSCAA Level II Regional Goalkeeping Diploma.
Credit: Information obtained from the Muhlenberg College Athletics web page