Wisconsin native Kris
Kelderman was named the head coach of the Green Bay men's soccer
program, Director of Athletics Ken
Bothof announced on May 24, 2011. Kelderman becomes the eighth head coach in
"With his success as a player and a coach at both the collegiate
and professional levels, Kris will be strong leader for our men's soccer
program, and we are excited to welcome him back to Wisconsin and to the Phoenix
family," said Bothof.
Kelderman has a wealth of coaching experience,
including four seasons in the MLS and two stints on the staff at George Mason
University. A two-time state champion and the Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year
in 1986 at Neenah High School while playing for his father Harry, Kelderman was inducted into the Wisconsin State
Soccer Association Hall of Fame in March 2010.
am thrilled to be able to represent Green Bay men's soccer and its rich
tradition," Kelderman said. "As
a Wisconsin native I am extremely excited about returning 'home'
to do something I'm very passionate about. I will be in an environment
surrounded by winners on the field and in the classroom, a great group of
alumni who truly care about the program, and most importantly family and
friends. There is nothing more a coach could ask for, and I will do
everything in my power to carry on the winning ways of the program and
In his first season with the Phoenix Kelderman continued Green Bay's winning ways, compiling an overall record of 11-7 and becoming the third coach in Phoenix history to have 11 wins or more in their first season at the helm. Kelderman led Green Bay to a 5-3 record and fourth-place finish in Horizon League play with the assistance of conference Player of the Year, Tony Walls.
Kelderman also played an intricate role in Walls becoming the first player in Phoenix history to sign a professional contract with an MLS team.
serving as the first assistant coach for both D.C. United (2010) and the Kansas
City Wizards (2007-09) of the MLS, Kelderman returned to college coaching this
spring when he was named an assistant coach at George Mason. He had previously
worked at George Mason as the associate head coach from 2005-06, helping the
Patriots to an NCAA Tournament appearance and a top-25 ranking.
has also served as the technical director at Vienna Youth Soccer Club (2003-06)
and Curt Onalfo Soccer, Inc. (2001-06), as the head coach and trainer with D.C.
United Super Y-League U17 team (2004-06) and as the head coach of the Wisconsin
playing resume includes four years with three franchises in the MLS, including
back-to-back championships while playing for D.C. United in 1996-97. Other
professional teams for which Kelderman played were: Miami Fusion (1998), New
England Revolution (1999), Milwaukee Rampage (1993-95, 2000), Milwaukee Wave (2000-01),
St. Louis Ambush (1996), Tampa Bay Terror (1995-96), Buffalo Blizzard (1993-95)
and the Baltimore Blast (1991-92).
played a total of nine seasons of professional soccer after graduating from the
University of Virginia in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. Kelderman
was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer and helped the Cavaliers
win the national championship in 1989. He closed out his career in the top-10
in both career points and assists in Virginia's record books.
In 1985, Kelderman was a member of the U17
United States National team that participated in the U17 Youth World Cup in
Kris resides in his hometown of Neenah with his wife Ellen and two children, Jake (14) and Josie (11).