Kristi Kiely is entering her 5th season as Westmont Women’s Soccer Head Coach and her 7th season as a coach within the program. When Athletic Director Dave Odell hired Kiely he said, "I believe it is Jack Welch that promulgated the ‘Four E and one P’ framework for hiring. Coach Kiely has all four E’s: 1) She has positive Energy; the ability to get after it; to thrive on action and relish change. 2) She has the ability to Energize others, and inspire them. 3) She has Edge; the courage to make tough yes-or-no decisions, and 4) She can Execute; the ability to get it done. Most of all she has the final P – Passion. Passion for the game of soccer, passion for Westmont College and passion for the student-athletes she will lead."
Kristi Kiely is homegrown, wearing a Warrior uniform as a player from 2001-2004. As a player she was part of 3 National Championship teams (2001-2003) and earned herself honors such as 3-time MVP, a 3-time All-Conference player and an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention award. After completing her career as a Warrior, Kiely went on to play semi-professionally in Sweden in 2005. It is her passion for this program and a desire to continue the tradition of National Prominence that brought her back to her alma mater.
Kiely returned as an Assistant Coach in 2008, was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2009 and ultimately to Head Coach in 2010.
Asked about her goals for the women’s soccer program Kiely replied, "To grow strong spiritual leaders, to help cultivate an environment that promotes success in the classroom as a top priority and to have success on the playing field."
Kiely has worked many years in the Summer Camp department both as an athlete and now as a coach. She has directed the Women’s Soccer Summer Camp and is currently Co-Director for all Westmont Summer Camps. She especially enjoys working prospect camps: “Our Women’s Program runs off of 5 core values: hard work, integrity, responsibility, service and excellence. I appreciate the opportunity to get to introduce potential Westmont Warriors to the type of environment we have here. It is also my love for the game that ignites a desire to help athletes grow as players, find their strengths and figure out how to best use them on the field.”
Dan Ribbens has completed his eleventh year as part of the women’s soccer coaching staff, including a stint as interim head coach in 2004. A four-year letterman on the Westmont men’s soccer team, Ribbens served as the Warrior’s men’s soccer team captain for two seasons, during which time he was the team’s MVP. In 1976, he became the program’s sixth player to be named an NAIA All-American.
"It is pure joy to be able to coach at Westmont," said Ribbens. "Having been involved with the women’s soccer program at its inception in the 70′s, I can really appreciate the quality of the players and coaches that are currently in the program. Hopefully, as the season progresses, I can contribute something to the development of each player both on and off the pitch. This program is really all about how to maximize every player’s experience as a Westmont soccer player and win some games along the way."
While finishing up his BA in political science in 1977, Ribbens played a year of professional soccer for the now defunct Santa Barbara Condors of the American Soccer League. In the summer of 1979, Ribbens traveled to Africa to play for "Adventures in Education". The team was cosponsored by the State Department and coached by Westmont’s Russ Carr.
During the early 90’s, Ribbens was instrumental in starting the Football Club of Santa Barbara, which has since merged with the Santa Barbara Soccer Club. He has coached youth club soccer teams from Under-11 to Under-19 for more than a decade.
Joining the Warrior’s coaching staff for the 2013 season is Chantel Cappuccilli.
After graduating from Carlsbad High School in 2008, Cappuccilli attended Saint Mary’s (Calif.) where she played NCAA Division I soccer for two seasons. After her sophomore year, Cappuccilli transferred to California Baptist. Sidelined with an injury for the 2010 season, Cappuccilli finished out her career at California Baptist in the 2011 and 2012 season.
"Transferring to California Baptist was hard for me at first," acknowledged Cappuccilli, "But it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. I was able to be in a Christian atmosphere again."
At California Baptist, Cappuccilli was moved from the midfield to an outside back position. The team finished 18-2-1 in both of her seasons with the Lancers while winning the Pacific West Conference Championship and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship each year. Cappuccilli was named the National Tournament Defensive MVP and named to the Pacific West All-Conference Team as a senior.
"I want to have positive relationships with the players both on and off the field," said Cappuccilli of her goals with the Westmont team. "Playing at different levels has increased my knowledge of soccer. I hope to bring a winning mentality and an expectation of winning mentally and physically."
Cappuccilli earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and exercise science in 2012 and will finish a master’s in kinesiology and sports management in August of 2013.