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Skelly Kellar Named Head Women’s Soccer Coach At OUAZ
– OUAZ Director of Athletics, Kevin Steele, is pleased to announce the hiring of Skelly Kellar as the head women’s soccer coach for the OUAZ Spirit at the new residential campus in Surprise, Arizona.
Steele says, “I asked Skelly to leave the Valley of the Sun about five years ago in order to direct my former women’s soccer program. It is a privilege to join with him again and this time brings him back to his home. Skelly has proven himself to be a steady program builder and a quality tactician and teacher. He has unending energy and he couples it with a life which honors Christ and that makes him an invaluable coach. His record proves his abilities, but his care and concern for people prove what truly drives him in his life. Skelly will lead young ladies to greater lives of significance while at the same time making women’s soccer at OUAZ a power and a special experience for our student athletes.”
Kellar comes to OUAZ from MidAmerica Nazarene University where he was named head women’s soccer coach in 2012. In his first season, Kellar led the Pioneers to the conference tournament after a 3-year absence. Kellar’s Pioneers continued that success by making the conference semifinals the next 3 years. In 2016, MNU finished 3rd in the conference and reached the conference tournament finals for the first time in program history, securing the program's first Nationals appearance. In 5 seasons he is 52-33-13.
“I am very humbled and blessed at the chance to become the first women’s soccer coach at OUAZ,” said Kellar. “I would like to say thank you to President (Kevin) Eichner and Director of Athletics Kevin Steele for giving me this tremendous opportunity. The school’s vision and faith mission is something that my family and I align with very closely. I am very excited to start a brand new women’s soccer program in the West Valley. Being from Phoenix, I know there is a wealth of talent in the area and I am excited to get out there and start recruiting.”
Kellar continued, “Our immediate goals are to hit the ground running with recruiting. We are looking to build a quality team that is ready to be part of something special. We want to challenge our student-athletes in their faith, their studies and their game.”
Prior to MNU, Kellar was the head coach at Scottsdale Community College (AZ). In three seasons he accomplished an overall record of 47-13-2. In the fall of 2011, in just his third year as a head coach, Kellar's team made it to the semifinals of the National Tournament before finishing third in the country in the NJCAA.
Prior to his arrival at SCC, Kellar played soccer and graduated from Azusa Pacific University (’07). There he led his team to the national tournament three years in a row (’04-’06); including two runner-up finishes. During his tenure at Azusa, Kellar was a four-time All-Region honoree and two-time All-American. Since graduation Kellar has played in the PDL (Premier Development League), USL (United Soccer League), and on two 1st Division teams in South Africa.
Coach Kellar and his wife, OUAZ Assistant Athletics Director Brittney reside in Surprise with their new baby son Bohde.
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Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and opening inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz. (opening Fall 2017), and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; and online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu.
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