St. Teresa’s Academy announced the hiring of Emily Welch, July 11, 2019 as the sixth head coach in program’s 33-year history.
Welch spent several years coaching at the club, high school and collegiate ranks. She graduated from Benedictine College in 2008, where she played goalkeeper and played a part in the team’s first trip to the NAIA National Tournament.
Coach Welch started her coaching career at Hamilton College before returning to Kansas City and coaching at STA, where she’d serve as an assistant for ten years. During that time, she helped guide 35 All-State players, five State Players of the Year, three Gatorade Players of the Year, six All-Americans and 27 collegiate student-athletes. She assisted the program to two State Championships and two State Final Four appearances.
“To be named the head coach of my alma mater is an honor,” Welch said. I’ve been lucky enough to be an assistant to this program for ten years and I am incredibly excited for this opportunity. I loved my time at STA as a student-athlete and look forward to continue growing both the school and soccer program.”
“We’re pleased to announce the promotion of Coach Welch,” Athletic Director, Ty Abney said. “I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Emily of the last several years and have always been very impressed with her dedication first and foremost to our student-athletes and of course our program and STA as a whole. We interviewed several well-qualified candidates and her hiring made the most sense. As a former STA student-athlete, she understands the importance teaching our young people what it means to be quality citizens and student-athletes and the correlation between the two. We’re very excited to watch Coach’s leadership style and commitment to our values continue inspiring our student-athletes and the strong STA soccer tradition.”