Jocelyn Keller, second season
Jocelyn Keller enters her second season as head women's soccer coach. Keller is the ninth head coach in the history of the Carleton women's soccer program, which has enjoyed seven consecutive winning seasons, three trips to the NCAA Championships in the last four years, and back-to-back MIAC Championships in 2010 and 2011.
Keller was the head coach of the Earlham College (Ind.) women’s soccer program for four seasons, guiding the Quakers to a 49-24-3 (.664) record. Under her direction, the Earlham program reached the postseason for the first time in 2009 as a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Quakers then shifted to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and earned a share of the HCAC Championship in both 2010 and 2011.
Keller earned the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award in 2010 after the Quakers ended the campaign with a school-record victory total and a 14-6-1 overall ledger, including an 8-1 mark in conference matches. Her squads recorded double-digit win totals in all four of her seasons at Earlham, a feat accomplished only three total times in the 20 seasons prior to her arrival on campus. In 2008, she led the Quakers to a .500 record (4-4) in conference, then directed them to a 20-5-1 conference mark over her final three seasons. Before she took over the reins of the program, the Quakers had posted only three seasons with a .500 or better record in conference contests.
Following the 2010 and 2011 campaigns, Earlham players received All-HCAC honors 15 times, including recognition as the conference’s offensive MVP both times. A total of five players from those teams could be found on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region squad.
After graduating from DePauw University (Ind.) in 2004, Keller began her coaching career as assistant coach at Earlham. After two seasons in Richmond, Ind., she continued her career as an assistant at Williams College (Mass.) where the Ephs posted an 8-3-3 record in 2006. Prior to returning to Earlham, she served as an assistant coach at Washington & Lee University (Va.) in 2007, helping the Generals to a 16-4 record. Keller holds a NSCAA National Diploma as well as a goalkeeping license.
In 2011 Keller completed the NSCAA two-week coaching clinic at the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Upon completion of the curriculum on special topics, she returned overseas with 365 Sports and led a U15 team to Goteburg, Sweden, to play in the Gothia Cup, a world-wide tournament featuring over 1,500 youth teams.
A member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II staff, Keller has also run offseason camps and clinics at the University of Virginia, the U. S. Naval Academy, Washington & Lee, Boston University, and Earlham.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Keller played for a nationally-ranked club team (Classics Hammer F.C.) and high school team (St. Ursula Academy). As a player at DePauw, she made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the Final Four her senior year as she earned team MVP and all-conference recognition.
Keller is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota.
Assistant Coach Jessica Mueller
Jessica Mueller re-joined the Knights prior to the 2013 campaign as the program’s top assistant coach. She served as a volunteer assistant at Carleton from 2009-11 before spending the 2012 season on the coaching staff at St. Paul (Minn.) Academy. She is also the head coach for U18 Premier Girls squad at the Eden Prairie Soccer Club and oversees a college-prep training curriculum for that program. Mueller has coached soccer at various levels for more than a decade and served on the 2013 coaching staff for the University of Minnesota Elite College Camp. She possesses both a NSCAA National Diploma and an USSF National "D" Coaching License, with work on her “C” license expected to be completed in 2014.
Mueller holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Kalamazoo (Mich.) College where she was an all-conference player and captained her college soccer team. She also holds an MAIS with two concentrations in Sports Psychology/Sociology and Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College. She has worked for two Fortune 500 companies and is an ISO certified effective communications and human relations instructor. She has also worked as a consultant with the Mental Edge, a Minnesota-based company that focuses on the mental/emotional aspects of youth player development in sport. She teaches the “Sports Psychology and Performance Mentality” course through the Carleton PEAR department.