After joining the Bears halfway through the 2009 season as a volunteer assistant coach, Kelly Lindsey accepted the position of associate head coach with the California women's soccer program, head coach Neil McGuire announced Feb. 18, 2010. Lindsey has extensive coaching experience at both the collegiate and professional ranks after playing collegiately at Notre Dame, guiding her team to the NCAA Tournament during each of her four years on the Fighting Irish squad.
Lindsey, a native of Omaha, Neb., aided the Golden Bears in the role of volunteer assistant coach during the 2009 campaign. Joining the team midseason, Lindsey helped the coaching staff direct the Bears to an 11-9-1 record for the program's sixth-consecutive winning season and the 23rd in school history as well as a trip to the NCAA Tournament, where Cal advanced to the second round.
As the associate head coach, Lindsey will be responsible for coaching on the defensive end of the field. She will also be heavily involved with the recruiting process and player development in addition to liaising with strength and conditioning.
Prior to returning to the Bay Area, Lindsey coached at the highest level of the women's professional ranks, spending time as the assistant and head coach of Sky Blue FC, a team in the newly formed Women's Professional Soccer League. Lindsey is no stranger to the East Bay, having spent three seasons at the helm of Saint Mary's, where she guided the Gaels to a 17-33-8 overall record before leaving for Sky Blue FC.
Lindsey first worked with McGuire at Texas, during her time as assistant coach for two seasons under head coach Chris Petrucelli. Together, Petrucelli and Lindsey, coached Longhorns teams that went 26-16-3 in two seasons and advanced to the sweet sixteen of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Lindsey had a one-year stint with Colorado in 2003, when the Buffs won the program's first-ever Big 12 title and earned their first NCAA Tournament selection. Additionally, Lindsey has also helped coach the U.S. under-21 women's team as well as the U.S. under-14 girls national development program.
Lindsey played professionally for the San Jose CyberRays of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) from 2001-2003, and was the league's top draft pick in 2001. She also had three caps with the U.S. women's national team.
A four-year letter winner and two-time co-captain of the Notre Dame's women's soccer team, Lindsey was a standout collegiate player. In her four years in South Bend, Ind., Notre Dame went 88-11-4 and 32-1-1 in the Big East. Lindsey played on teams that won four consecutive conference titles and NCAA Tournament births and reached the College Cup in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Additionally, she netted the game-winning penalty kick against Nebraska during the 1999 quarterfinals after playing in all 150 minutes of the game. A stellar defender, Lindsey and the Irish defense allowed just 59 goals and earned 62 shutouts in four years.