June 24, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced the thirty coaches selected from across the country to participate in the NSCAA's 30 Under 30 program. University of Minnesota women's soccer assistant coach Krystle Seidel was among the fifteen women pegged for this prestigious honor.
The program, launched in 2013, is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a select group of up-and-coming soccer coaches. The NSCAA created this program in order to support fledgling coaches and foster their growth at a crucial part of their coaching careers.
"I am honored to be chosen to partake in this program," said Seidel. "The 30 Under 30 program provides an unbelievable opportunity to grow as a coach and leader. I am excited about what I will learn in the upcoming months and the effects it will have on our student athletes at the University of Minnesota and the youth players I coach."
Seidel will be entering her sixth year with Minnesota in 2014 and joined the staff fresh off her senior season with the Golden Gophers where she patrolled the defence and led them to the top of both the Big Ten and NCAA charts. During her time as a player, she helped the Gophers post their best season record in school history (22-4-0) and punched a ticket to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Last season, Seidel helped coach the Gophers to an 11-8-2 record and a berth to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.
Seidel's coaching career began in high school when she started as an assistant coach for her local Woodbury Soccer Club and continued coaching through the summer during each of her collegiate seasons. She has continued to coach the club for the past ten years because that is where her passion for coaching was first discovered.
"What a tremendous honor for Krystle and our program that she has been recognized in this elite group of young coaches," said Gopher soccer head coach Stefanie Golan. "One of the first decisions I made when I accepted this job was to keep Krystle on the staff, which has proven to be a great decision as we work extremely well together. Krystle is a fantastic young coach and a phenomenal person, and we have a blast every day working to move the program forward. I am fortunate to have a great staff all the way around, and I am very proud when anyone gets recognized as it is a tribute to the entire program. This is a well deserved honor for Krystle."
Seidel is the Big Ten Conference's only representative. For a full list of the thirty coaches participating in the 30 Under 30 program, please visit the NSCAA website.
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