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Kelly Labor, Assistant Coach
Seventh Season (Fourth at CSU)
Kelly Labor heads into her fourth season on the CSU women's soccer staff, and seventh season overall, as an assistant coach.
Labor joined head coach Bill Hempen after three years as an assistant at Regis University. While there she was tasked with individual technical and group skill development, recruiting, fundraising, monitoring student-athlete academic progress and captain and leadership development. Labor helped guide the Rangers to three RMAC championships and NCAA Division II tournament appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Labor is also currently the head coach of the 2003 Olympic Development Colorado State team, which was a regional championship finalist in 2016. Prior to that, Labor was an assistant coach with the 2001 regional team. She has been a staff coach for the national training camp, regional camps, sub-regional events, interregional championships and will soon travel for an international event with U.S. Youth Soccer.
Labor has also spent the past 10 years coaching club soccer for all levels and ages at Real Colorado, Las Vegas Premier, Westminster AFC and currently Arsenal Colorado. Over that span, she has been a staff trainer and private trainer, and has coached two state cup finalists, four state cup semi-finalists, two regular-season champions and multiple tournament champions and finalists. She has also been involved with two college advisory programs educating players, parents, coaches and staff members on recruiting processes. Labor has spent time educating young athletes in multiple areas of sport psychology on an individual or group setting, including topics such as leadership development, dealing with failure, goal setting, visualization, mental toughness, communication skills, team building, confidence and performance enhancement.
Labor was named Competitive Coach of the Year for Arsenal in 2015 and was nominated for Colorado State Youth Soccer Competitive Coach of the Year.
Labor holds her NSCAA Advanced National Coaching license, as well as a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology with a specialization in leadership development (Regis University, 2012). She holds a bachelor’s degree psychology (UNLV, 2010).
A native Steamboat Springs, Colo., Labor was a four-time high school Western Slope player of the year, four-time all-conference first-team selection and three-time all-state selection. She attended Regis University for one year, and was earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, Rocky Mountain All-Conference First Team, RMAC All-tournament First Team and NSCAA Second-Team All-Region honors. She finished the season as the team’s leader in points, assists, game-winning goals and was second in goals scored.
Following her year at Regis, Labor finished her collegiate career at UNLV, helping the Rebels to a Mountain West regular-season title in 2007. Labor was a three-time Mountain West All-Academic honoree and three-time dean’s list member. The program honored her with the Robin Morlock Award in 2010, recognizing her for work ethic, leadership and dedication.
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