Former Cayman Islands national goalkeeper Emily Kelly has been added to the University of Richmond football team staff for the 2018 season. A 2016 graduate, Kelly will serve as a volunteer coach with the Spiders.
“I am very excited to be returning to my Alma Mater, I am really looking forward to being back at a school that I loved dearly, and contribute on the other side of things. I really believe that my time as a student athlete will allow me to relate to the players. I am so excited to have the opportunity to give back.”
Kelly, 23, was a member of both the Under-17 and Under-19 Cayman Islands national teams. Kelly says she hopes other footballers can carve a path similar to hers.
“I think as a Caymanian footballer, with the opportunities I’ve had abroad, with the work I’ve done to get to where I am now is a great resource for upcoming footballers. Whether they need connections abroad, or have any questions about how to approach things.”
Kelly added she hopes to see other up and coming footballers in the country use their talents to exceed at the collegiate level.
“Something I would love to see happening is more support. I think that if more upcoming footballers to use their talent as a means to get a higher education or travelling any other opportunities, that they should have those.”
According to the Richmond Athletics website “Kelly appeared in 21 games in goal and made 19 starts in 2013 and 2014. She totaled 47 saves through her career before medically retiring entering her senior campaign.”