[TEXAS] Angela Kelly, the Tennessee women's coach the last 12 years, is the new women’s head coach at Texas,
filling one of the nation's plum jobs.
Texas has one of the most prestigious athletic programs in the country, but the Longhorns underachieved under Chris Petrucelli, who was reassigned in the athletic department following 13 years as the Longhorns’ head coach.
"As administrators we prioritize traits, qualities and credentials that are essential in coaching -- integrity, passion and expertise ... an extraordinary ability to communicate and motivate, and a relentless willingness and capacity to work in a next-gear level,” Texas Women’s Athletics Director Chris Plonsky said. “Angela Kelly possesses all of these elements, plus a pedigree in women's soccer that has earned her respect nationally and internationally from players, coaches and the unique community of soccer. I love her hunger to win, her presence, her energy."
Kelly took the helm of the Lady Vols, who had never advanced to the NCAA Tournament or won an SEC Tournament match, and eventually led them to four consecutive SEC Eastern Division crowns, three straight SEC regular-season titles and four SEC Tournament titles. She was tabbed SEC Coach of the Year three consecutive seasons (2003-05).
Kelly led the Lady Vols to a 160-84-20 (.644) mark in 12 years. During her time on Rocky Top, Tennessee reached nine NCAA Tournaments, making five Sweet 16 appearances.
Kelly, who had 29 caps for Canada, played on four national championship teams at North Carolina and was named to the all-NCAA Tournament team three times.
She is bringing Keeley Dowling, a three-time All-America and former assistant coach at Tennessee, with her.