Jenny Kehl has enjoyed two successful years as the graduate assistant coach for the Illinois State women's soccer team.
In her first season with the `Birds, the 2003 squad made its first ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. Last year, with the assistance of Kehl, the Redbirds fought for the Valley Tourney title, but fell in the semi-finals to Drake. Nevertheless, with her help as a graduate assistant coach, the Redbirds have racked up a 21-12-7 record over the past two seasons.
Kehl came to Illinois State from Saint Louis, where she was a member of the women's soccer team from 1999 to 2002. During her freshman year as a Billiken, Kehl was named Newcomer of the Year and earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors.
The Fort Collins, Colo., native was also a two-time NCAA and Soccer Buzz Second Team All-Midwest Region selection. She was also named the team's player of the year in 2000 and 2001.
During her senior season, Kehl was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American and a NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-American. She also racked up Conference USA First Team honors in each of her final three seasons.
In addition to her collegiate soccer career, Kehl was also a member of the Fort Collins Force soccer team, which is a part of the W-League, in 2000, 2002 and 2003. She started every game during her last two seasons.
Working with soccer camps is also a hobby of Kehl's. From 2000-03, she was a coach with the Fort Collins Soccer Club Summer Camp. She also participated in the Adopt-a-Player program through the Force. Additionally, Kehl helped out at Special Needs Soccer Association (SPENSA) clinics in St. Louis from 2001-03.
In 2003, Kehl coached the Bloomington-Normal Soccer Club (BNSC) Mustangs under-14 team. Kehl worked the Illinois State soccer day camps, as well as the Elite Girls Soccer Academy Residential Camp in the summer of 2005.
Kehl, whose name is pronounced CALE, holds a NSCAA National Coaching Diploma and is currently pursuing a master's degree in social work at Illinois State.