Kelsey Hunyadi-Coll arrives to UC Davis after spending the last year on the women’s soccer staff at Texas Christian University, where she helped the Horned Frogs earn their first NCAA Tournament appearance. Under her tutelage, TCU collected 12 wins, posted 140 points on 37 goals and 40 assists in 2016 — the second-highest totals in school history.
Hunyadi joined TCU’s women’s soccer program after leading Youngstown State to one of its most successful seasons in school history. In 2015, the Penguins earned numerous All-Horizon League honors after the program recorded the second-highest win total in its 19-year history.
Her collegiate coaching career began at her alma mater Kentucky in the spring after her senior season. Then she returned to her hometown in Columbus, Ohio as an assistant coach at Capital University, a Division III school. While home, she also coached with Ohio Premier Soccer Club, an ECNL member. She returned to the Wildcats’ staff in 2014 as an assistant coach.
During her second stint in Lexington, Kentucky won 16 games, earned a berth in the SEC Tournament’s championship game and advanced to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament. While Hunyadi was on staff, Kentucky student-athletes earned All-America, All-Region and All-SEC accolades; another Wildcat was selected in the Eighth Round of the National Women’s Soccer League draft.
“We have a tremendous amount of respect for all the coaches Kelsey has worked with. I know and respect (former Kentucky head coach) Jon Lipsitz very much,” said Kaufman. “Kelsey is the second staff member we have who has worked with, or played for TCU head coach Eric Bell, who is someone in our industry, and in life, that I value and respect very much.”
Throughout her college coaching career, Hunyadi has organized team’s recruiting efforts, player development, training sessions, individual instruction, technical work and assisted respective academic advisors.
“Not only do we have a high regard for Kelsey as a coach but we are confident that she has been well-groomed. We are excited about how we think Kelsey will add to the possession we are developing and how she will help us add some flair to our front line. We look forward to working with Kelsey to make our vision here a reality,” Kaufman added.
Hunyadi also possesses strong coaching connections throughout the Midwest and the South thanks to her collective nine years as a coach for the Commonwealth Soccer Club (2009-12), Ohio Premier Soccer Club (2012-15) and Dallas Texans Girls Soccer Club (2016-17).
As a former student-athlete herself, Hunyadi’s college career began at Louisville; in addition to earning BIG EAST All-Academic status in each of her two seasons, she also received All-BIG EAST, All-Region and female Freshman of the Year awards before transferring to Kentucky.
While at UK, three time Academic All-SEC, NSCAA All-Region and All-SEC awards were added to her collection. When she graduated in 2012 with a political science degree, Hunyadi held the school record for most shots in a season (90), career minutes played (6,228), and ranked second in school history with single-season totals of 38 points, 14 goals and 10 assists.
As a senior, she finished with 14 goals, one shy of the school’s single-season record, a total that included four game-winners.
In all three of her years in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, Hunyadi’s team advanced to postseason play. On two occasions, she capped her season by receiving All-WPSL honors.