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Bryan resigns from women’s soccer post

GAMBIER, Ohio — After more than two decades serving as the Kenyon College women’s soccer coach, Kelly Bryan resigned as the leader of the Owls program.

Following her decision, Bryan wrote Sunday an email to all members of Kenyon’s Student Affairs Division, “I am honored and proud to have been a part of the women’s soccer program and this department for the last 21 years. I have a lifetime of memories that I will cherish forever and I’m confident that I left the women’s soccer program better than I found it, and that’s all I can ask.”

During her time at Kenyon, Bryan, who took over as head coach prior to the 2003 season, compiled a 171-154-36 overall record, making her, by far, the winningest coach in program history. Her teams claimed four North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships, with the most recent in 2022.

In 2014, Bryan’s team won the NCAC regular season and tournament titles, made an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament and upset No. 21-ranked Emory University in the first round. Her 2006 team also earned a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament and defeated Capital University in the first round. That 2006 NCAA appearance and win were both program firsts.

  From 2014 through 2022, Bryan’s teams all placed top-four in the conference standings and made eight straight appearances in the NCAC Tournament.

Bryan was a three-time NCAC Coach of the Year and one-time winner of both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Great Lakes Region and the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association’s Coach of the Year awards. Her players earned a combined total of 16 All-Region honors and 108 All-NCAC awards, including eight Player of the Year awards.

“Kelly will be missed not only for her coaching, but for me personally as a confidant,” said Justin Newell, Kenyon’s Associate Director of Athletics. “She was always someone that held me accountable and made me better at what I do, but also provided a supportive ear to listen. Above all else, she was a friend and I wish her and her family the happiest times together moving forward.”

In addition to her coaching duties at Kenyon, Bryan served as an Assistant Director of Athletics and as Senior Woman Administrator.

“We are grateful to Kelly for her many years at Kenyon, where she has given so much of herself to the women’s soccer program and her colleagues in the department,” said Jill McCartney, Kenyon’s Director of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation. “Kelly is the person we all want to have in our athletics departments. She provides a positive example of the roles of coach and athletics administrator, bringing credibility and courage to the many responsibilities she skillfully performed. We will miss Kelly’s presence everywhere in the Lowry Center and across our athletics venues.” 

A national search for Bryan’s successor will commence this week.

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