Soccer Camps at Kenyon College
Kelly Bryan enters her 16th season at Kenyon with an impressive string of accomplishments, most notably during the 2014 season in which the Ladies made a successful run through the postseason which included an NCAC Tournament title and upset victory over ranked Emory University (Ga.) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Over the last four seasons, the Ladies have won 39 matches and made the NCAC Tournament each time. Heading into the 2017 season, Bryan owns a 133-121-21 Kenyon record and an overall career coaching record of 189-159-33.
A season ago, the Ladies went 9-7-3 and made it all the way to the NCAC Tournament final. Over the course of the year, the program posted a 7-0-1 record in the North Coast Athletic Conference. It was the first time since joining the league in 1984 that a Ladies soccer team went undefeated in conference competition.
In 2014, Kenyon won a share of the NCAC regular season title before winning the conference's tournament title for the first time in program history. During the remarkable season, the Ladies won 9-of-10 matches toward the end of the year including upsetting Allegheny in the NCAC tournament final and then No. 21-ranked Emory University in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Bryan earned conference, state and region Coach of the Year honors in the process.
With Bryan at the helm, Kenyon turned in one of the most successful seasons in College history in 2006. The Ladies matched a program-best total for wins in a single season, earned the program's first-ever NCAC championship and defeated Capital University in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The tournament win was the Ladies' first-ever on the national stage. For her efforts, Bryan was named the NCAC Coach of the Year.
No stranger to campus, Bryan worked as an assistant coach at Kenyon during the 1998 season, serving under former head coach Scott Thielke. In 1999, she moved on to accept the head coaching position at North Carolina Wesleyan College, her alma mater. She coached at NCWC for four seasons and accumulated a 56-24-7 record, three conference championships, and three NCAA tournament appearances. She was also named the USA South Athletic Conference (formerly the Dixie Intercollegiate Conference) Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2000. In her first season at Wesleyan, Bryan guided the Battling Bishops to a 17-2-4 record while winning the Dixie Conference and NCAA Southeast Regional championship. The Bishops also journeyed all the way to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.
Back in 1997, Bryan began her coaching career at the University of South Alabama, where she served as the second assistant coach for the Division I program. She spent one season there before moving on to Kenyon as an assistant in 1998-99. She also owns coaching experience with the USA Athletes International organization (Australia in 2003 and 2005, and Aruba in 2004), as a staff coach for the North Carolina ODP East team, and as coach of the Mount Vernon Soccer Association club team. She currently holds an NSCAA Advanced National Coaching Diploma.
During her playing days at NCWC, Bryan was a four-year starter and two-time team captain who made it to three NCAA tournaments. In 1994, she was part of the team that made it to the NCAA Final Four. She was named team Most Valuable Player in 1996, as well as NCWC's 'Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year' in 1996-97.
After graduating from NCWC with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Bryan earned her master's degree in exercise technology at the University of South Alabama. In 2011, she was certified as a NSCA Strength & Conditioning Specialist. A native of Dublin, Ohio, Bryan lives with her husband, Chase, and two children in nearby Heath, Ohio.
Assistant Women's Soccer Coach
Katherine Cobb enters her second year as assistant coach for the Ladies soccer program. Prior to coming to Gambier, she spent the previous two seasons at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, where the Golden Knights posted a combined record of 13-16-5 during her time.
Among her duties working with the Golden Knights, Cobb was in charge of training the team’s goalkeepers, developing scouting reports, producing off-season workouts and teaching fitness. While at Clarkson, three different players collected Liberty League All-Star status and eight or more players annually garnered Liberty League All-Academic awards.
Prior to her work in New York, Cobb spent the 2014 season working as an assistant and goalkeeper coach for Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. During that season, the Panthers had a 10-7-0 record and had two players named to the NSCAA All-Region team.
Aside from her collegiate work, Cobb gained coaching experience with the Seacoast United Soccer Club, Global Premier Soccer Maine and College ID Camps.
Cobb is a 2014 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, where she played as goalkeeper for 38 career games, earning 26 starts for the Huskies. In that span, she racked up nearly 2,900 minutes in goal, made 238 saves and produced a .785 save percentage. In 2013, she was named an All-Little East second team selection.