Kelsey Passaglia begins her second year as an assistant coach for the IPFW women’s soccer program under second-year head coach Jason Burr.
She joined the staff after previously serving as the women’s soccer assistant coach at Western Illinois University from 2012-14. In her first year with the Fighting Leathernecks, Passaglia helped lead the team to a 13-6 record and an appearance in the 2012 Summit League Championship Tournament. During her time there, the program went 21-15-2 and in 2013-14, recorded the second highest team grade-point-average in the nation. Passaglia had a hand in all aspects of the program, including day-to-day operations and on and off-campus recruiting.
Before arriving at Western Illinois, Passaglia was heavy involved with the Northern Illinois FC club soccer program, where she coached and trained four teams within the club. She also focused on the construction of training programs that developed tactical and technical skills for the program’s participants.
Since 2010, Passaglia has freelanced as a personal soccer trainer, providing technical instruction to middle school and secondary school students. She holds a United States Soccer Federation National "C" Coaching License, earning the certification in 2015.
A graduate of Northern Illinois with a degree in Health Education, Passaglia was a four-year starter for the Huskies' women’s soccer team. As a senior in 2011, she served as the team’s captain and was named a Honorable Mention Academic All-MAC selection to cap her final season. The midfielder led the team in shots and shots on goal three out of four years during her career, while also finishing first on the team in points and goals both her sophomore and junior seasons.
Most recently, Passaglia spent three months playing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League in Issaquah, Wash., where she was the leading scorer for the Northwest Division Champions. The team—sponsored by the Issaquah Soccer Club—serves as a feeder program to the Seattle Reign FC, a member of the National Women’s Soccer League.
In addition to her Bachelor of Science degree at Northern Illinois, Passaglia completed a minor in Physical Education and obtained a K-12 teaching certification. While coaching at Western Illinois, Passaglia earned a graduate degree, completing a Master’s in Health Education in December of 2013.
A native of Cary, Ill., Passaglia was an IHSSCA All-State Selection after her senior season at Cary-Grove High School and a four-year member of the Honor Roll.
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