Gophers welcomes five Minnesotans and one Coloradoan to the 2015 roster
Krystle (Kallman) Seidel will be entering her seventh year with the program during the 2015 season.
In 2014, Krystle was named associate head coach moving into the fall season and helped lead the team, alongisde head coach Stefanie Golan, to a record of 11-9-1.
In 2013, she helped coach the Golden Gophers to an 11-8-2 record and a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. In her time as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, the program holds an overall record of 57-36-12.
The Minnesota Gophers advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen twice in program history-2008 and 2010. Seidel was part of both of those seasons, one as a player and one as a coach. As the primary defensive coach in 2010, Seidel helped the team in allowing fewer than 20 goals for the third-straight year. With only 18 goals against for the year, Minnesota finished with a top #30 Goals Against Average in the nation. During the 2010 Season, the Gophers also beat four teams ranked in the Top 25.
In the five years that Seidel has been coaching for the Gophers, three defenders have received Big Ten honors and two have earned All-Great Lakes Region Teams honors. Josee Solie earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a defensive midfielder in 2011. In 2010, Kylie Kallman, younger sister of Seidel, earned Second Team All-Big Ten and All Great Lakes Region Team honors and in 2009 while center defender Jenista Clark earned 1st Team All-Big Ten and First Team All-Great Lakes Region awards.
Seidel joined the staff fresh off her senior season with the Golden Gophers where she patrolled the defense and led them to the top of both the Big Ten and NCAA charts. As a starter in every match in 2008, Seidel helped lead the Golden Gophers to the best record in school history (22-4-0) and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Defensively, the Gophers earned 17 shutouts in 2008, which led the league, set a Big Ten record and ranked fifth nationally with a shutout rate of more than 65%.Seidel and her teammates on the backline also produced the Big Ten's best goals against average (0.45) on their way to allowing a league-low 12 goals.
From high school to college Seidel has been a champion on every team she had been a part of, which includes two Minnesota High School State Championships, 2 Big East League Championships, a Big East Tournament Championship and the 2008 Big Ten title. Seidel began her collegiate career at West Virginia University where she played every minute of every game for three seasons (2005-07) before transferring to Minnesota.
On the sidelines, Seidel's coaching career began in high school when she acted as an assistant coach in her local Woodbury Soccer Club. She coached in the summers between every college season. Because it is where her passion for coaching first was discovered, she has continued to coach for the club for the past 10 years.
Seidel comes from a decorated soccer family, as one of five successful soccer playing children. Her older brother Brian played at Jacksonville University and Creighton, and is currently with Minnesota's professional soccer team, the Minnesota United. Her sister Kylie graduated from the University of Minnesota after one of the most successful careers in Gopher history. Her brother Brent recently graduation from Creighton University which made it to the NCAA College Final Four in both his junior and senior year, and has joined older brother Brian playing professional for the Minnesota United. Her youngest sister Kassey was just drafted by FC Kansas City as the 5th pick in the NWSL draft. She enters the professional arena after a successful career at Florida State University that recently loss in the NCAA College Cup Final.
To contact Coach Krystle, please send an email to email@example.com.
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