After her first season as the assistant coach of the Redbird women soccer team, Stacy Welp couldn't help but come back for more.
Helping the 2004 `Birds to a 6-0-3 home record, Welp had a memorable rookie season as an Illinois State assistant coach. The team won big games and ended with a 10-6-4 record, 3-2-2 in the Valley.
Joining the coaching staff in 2004 with a wealth of collegiate coaching experience, Welp came to ISU from Fresno State, where she was the head coach from January 2001 to March 2004. Prior to taking on head coaching responsibilities, the St. Louis, Mo., native served as an assistant coach at Fresno State for nearly two years. During that time one of her players received National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-West accolades.
While at Fresno State, Welp served as the Western Athletic Conference's (WAC) representative on the NCAA Western Region Ranking Committee, and as a site representative for rounds one through three of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament.
During her playing days, Welp suited up at Tulsa from 1990-93, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in anthropology in 1994. That year she received Tulsa's Ultimate Student-Athlete Award. The previous year she was team captain and earned Most Valuable Player honors in addition to being named to the NSCAA All-South Region first team. Her playing experience also included one year with the South Team at the U. S. Olympic Festival in 1994.
She was also a student assistant coach at Tulsa, where she was in charge of training, conditioning and game preparation of both the men's and women's team goalkeepers. She has worked with the Illinois, Oklahoma and Utah Olympic Development Programs (ODP).
Additionally, Welp was an assistant coach at Clemson from 1996-99. While coaching the Lady Tigers, who made Elite 8 appearances twice in her stint (1997 & 1999), two of her goalkeepers earned NSCAA All-South Region honors.
Since 1999, Welp has worked as a goalkeeper coach for the United States Youth Soccer's (USYS) Olympic Development Program in Region IV. In 2005, she also took on coaching duties with the USYS Region II. She has steadily moved up the ladder, working her way from staff coach to head coach and head goalkeeping coach in 2003.
Welp, holds a U.S. Soccer Federation "A" License as well as a NSCAA Advanced National Coaching Diploma.