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Saint Mary's College Women's Soccer
Saint Mary's College Women's Soccer

SMC WOMEN'S SOCCER CAMPS | Coaching Staff

 

TRAVIS CLARKE | Head Coach

Travis Clarke was named as the sixth Saint Mary’s College women’s soccer head coach in the program’s 28-year history in March of 2015.

Clarke concluded his sixth season as the head coach at Cal State San Bernardino, where he led the Coyotes to a 63-40-13 record and a 46-34-10 mark in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Under Clarke’s guidance, CSUSB registered six straight winning seasons and, in 2013, advanced to the NCAA Division II West Regional finals.

During his six seasons at CSUSB, Clarke led the women’s soccer program to six consecutive NSCAA and NCAA regional top 10 finishes. He set program records for career wins (63), single season victories (14) single season CCAA victories (9) and consecutive victories (9).

He guided CSUSB student-athletes to 17 all-CCAA honors and seven NSCAA Far West Region selections.  In 2013, Chelsey Jones earned conference defensive player of the year, NSCAA All-America and Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and was a finalist for NCAA Woman of the year honors.

Off the field, Clark’s teams won 5-straight NSCAA Team Academic Awards and earned the CSUSB athletic department’s top grade point average. The program produced 29 academic all-conference and nine Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District selections.

Clarke is also a 2015-16 NSCAA 30 for 30 program coach mentor.

A 2003 graduate of Cal Poly, Clarke spent three years in the United States Navy. He began his coaching career in 1998 as the varsity boys coach at Atascadero (Calif.) High School, winning three league titles and helping develop three NSCAA/adidas High School All-Americans.

He began coaching girls soccer with the California Legends Soccer Club in 2000 and served as the girls varsity coach at Nipomo High School in 2005. During that span, he also spent time as a men’s assistant at Santa Barbara City College and Allan Hancock College, helping lead both programs to conference titles.

In 2006, Clarke became the first ever head women’s soccer coach at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. He spent three seasons with the Vulcans, compiling a 29-27-1 record that included 25 wins in his final two years.

In the nine previous years of coaching before coming to SMC, Clarke posted a 92-67-14 overall record.

A native of Atascadero, Clarke is married to the former Kimberli Keller.  The couple has one son, Calix and reside in Pleasanton.

 

TINA ESTRADA | Associate Head Coach

Tina Estrada joined the SMC women's soccer program as associate head coach in April of 2015.

Estrada has had a decorated career as a former National Pool Player, coach at DePaul, soccer player at Santa Clara and working for Pleasanton Rage.

In the summer of 2013, Estrada was chosen for the NSCAA's (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) first 30-Under-30 program as part of a nationally select group of young coaches who want to lead the way in developing soccer players and enhancing the game.

The 30-Under-30 program is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice. The program was created to support promising young coaches and foster their growth at a crucial point in their vocation.

Estrada had joined the DePaul women's soccer program in 2008 as a graduate assistant. She concluded her collegiate career in 2007 as a four-time All-West Coast Conference honoree at Santa Clara University where she played for DePaul head coach Erin Chastain who was an assistant coach with the Broncos.

The Fremont, Calif., native finished her career with 31 goals in four seasons while compiling 15 assists for 77 career points. She led the Broncos to four NCAA Tournament appearances and four West Coast Conference Championships.Estrada topped the Broncos in scoring as a sophomore and junior before a knee injury forced her to sit out a season. She came back in 2007 as a senior with 11 points on five goals and an assist. She was second on the team with 42 shots and third in goals and points.

Estrada graduated from Santa Clara with a Communications degree. In high school, she was named a Parade All-American in 2002 and 2003 and played for the U17 National Team prior to her collegiate career.Bradlee Deshane begins her first year as Director of Soccer Operations in 2015.

 

KELLAN WILSON | Assistant Coach

Kellan Wilson joined the Saint Mary’s women’s soccer staff as an assistant coach on June 7, 2016, and enters his first season coaching the Gaels in the fall of 2016.

Wilson, a 2003 graduate of Saint Mary’s and a four-year letterwinner, returns to Moraga after a spending four years as an assistant with the Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer program.

During his four years with the Titans, Cal State Fullerton won three Big West Conference regular season championships (2012, 2014, 2015), three Big West Tournament titles (2013, 2014, 2015) and made three NCAA Tournament appearances (2013, 2014, 2015).

He also coaches with US Soccer in the Northern California US Soccer National Training Center and has served as the goalie coach/trainer for England National Team goalkeeper Karen Bardsley

As a collegian, Wilson played four seasons for the Gaels in 1999-01 and 2003, leading the West Coast Conference in saves three times with 115 stops in 2000, 85 more in 2001 and 110 as a senior in 2003.

After concluding his career at Saint Mary's, Wilson's playing career included professional stints overseas in Germany with VFL Osnabruck (2005-08) and Finland with Helsinki IFK (2010-11), helping the latter to the championship of the Finnish 2nd Division, and a stop with the San Francisco Seals in the USL's Premier Development League in 2008-09 where he stepped away from his spot in net to lead the team in goals.

Wilson's coaching experience includes three years at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, one season at his alma mater in 2008-09 and a year with the Seals in 2009-10.

Wilson graduated from Saint Mary's with a bachelor's degree in communications in 2003. He and his wife, Maija, reside in Walnut Creek with their daughter Madeleine, and son Kayden. Originally from Finland, Maija was a four-year starter in basketball at Saint Mary's who also competed for the country's national team.

 

MARY WHISLER | Volunteer Assistant Coach

Whisler begins her first season as the Volunteer Assistant for Saint Mary's women's soccer in 2016.

Whisler’s duties with the Gaels will include equipment management, assisting with training, video responsibilities and video editing, assisting with campus tours, assisting with camps and travel planning.

Whisler comes to Saint Mary’s from NCAA Division II member Academy of Art University where she served as an assistant coach. During her two seasons with the Urban Knights, Whisler helped guide the team to ever-improving records, including the program’s second-best record in 2015 coupled with its best-ever conference start.

Before Academy of Art, Whisler founded the women’s soccer program at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio, in 2011. She coached her way to a 42-12-5 record overall for the Express, who were ranked as high as 14th in the NJCAA poll and 10th in the NSCAA poll. She also coached her team to the NJCAA National Tournament in 2013 after a 17-2-2 season, and was named 2013 NJCAA Region XII Coach of the Year.

Whisler was a highly decorated player in the NAIA ranks at the University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, Ind.), graduating as a two-time All-American, two time Academic All-American, three-time first team all-conference selection, two-time first team all-region selection and a two-time team captain for the Cougars. She earned her bachelors in psychology in 2009.