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Kiely took over the PLNU women’s soccer program in January of 2018. She began the third coach in program history.
Kiely joins the Sea Lions after serving the past three seasons as the head assistant coach with the University of Arkansas, where she helped lead the Razorbacks to the NCAA Tournament and the most wins in program history. Prior to that, she was the head coach at Westmont for five seasons. Under her guidance, the Warriors went to four straight national tournaments, including going all the way to the championship match in 2013.
“I am beyond thrilled that Kristi has accepted this new opportunity,” said Point Loma Athletic Director Ethan Hamilton. “She is revered throughout the country, for not only her soccer knowledge but for being a Christian leader who deeply cares about the growth of her student-athletes both on and off the field. I am excited about the impact she will make on this campus for years to come.”
Kiely has a reputation as a strong developer of talent. In 2016, she coached four student-athletes to All-SEC honors and during her time at Westmont, she had 12 All-Americans. In addition, her teams also have a reputation for being excellent in the classroom, as 15 student-athletes have accumulated Academic All-Americans under her watch.
She will inherit a PLNU team that went 9-7-1 (seventh, 8-5-0 PacWest) last season and will return All-PacWest selections Abbi Swanson and Abbey Teagle, along with All-West Region honoree Keagan Bolibol.
Kiely is a 2005 graduate of Westmont College. While at Westmont, she was part of three national championship teams (2001, 2002, 2003) and she left the school tied for third in assists for a career (30). She also played professionally in Sweden for one season. Kristi and her husband, Jeremiah, have two children, Maya and Sam.
The 2018 season will mark the first year for assistant coach Tanner Wolf with the PLNU women’s soccer program. His duties with the program include recruiting, conditioning, strategy, scouting and camps.
Wolf joins PLNU with an impressive collegiate career at Westmont. He was a two-time All-Golden State Athletic Conference selection as a midfielder and was named team MVP in 2016 when he helped lead the Warriors to a 11-5-1 record and into the GSAC Championship game. He also named the team captain and the team’s Most Improved Player.
“I am thrilled to have Tanner Wolf joining our program,” said PLNU head coach Kristi Kiely. “His pedigree speaks for itself as he was an elite player both at the collegiate and amateur levels. He brings years of soccer experience, a unique vision of the game, a creative mind and a wide skillset to his coaching. He has so much passion for the game. Beyond that he is an exceptional leader and person and I know he will have a tremendous impact on this program.”
After college, Wolf went on to play for the Ventura Fusion in the Premier Development League. His skills on the field caught the attention of Allen E Hopkins, Jr., a long-time soccer personality, MLS Cup Champion and CONCACAF Gold Cup Winner.
“The Point Loma women’s soccer program is clearly headed in a fantastic direction,” said Hopkins Jr. “In addition to Coach Kiely, who is a proven winner in every way, Tanner Wolf is exactly the right person at the right time for the University and its athletic program. Tanner not only comes from an incredible coaching family, he embodies everything you want in a coach and leader. Tanner’s personality and drive is the perfect fit and coupled with his ability to apply his experience as an elite player, Tanner will make an immediate impact on the women’s program.”