1st year at BVU
Kristen Gay begins her first year as head women’s soccer coach beginning in the fall of 2013.
For the past five seasons, Gay had been head women’s soccer coach at the University of North Dakota where she led the program through its Division I transition in 2008. Her squads improved their overall winning percentage in four of her five seasons. In 2010, the Sioux went 4-2 in the Great West Conference and advanced into the conference tournament championship game before falling short on penalty kicks.
Before taking over as head coach of the Sioux in February of 2008, she had served as an assistant coach for the program since 2006. Prior to arriving at UND, Gay was the first assistant coach at Indiana State University for two seasons and helped guide the Sycamores to their best two seasons in the program’s history. Before that, she spent two years as head coach at Dana College in Blair, Neb., where she led the Vikings to a 27-12-2 mark and was named GPAC Co-Coach of the Year. She helped coach 14 all-conference performers during her tenure and a pair of All-Americans. Aside from her coaching duties, she also served as the sports information director for the athletics department.
Gay began her career in coaching following a stellar playing career herself, primarily as a midfielder, at the University of Nebraska. She played for the Cornhuskers from 1995-98 and led the program to a Big 8 championship, along with Big XII regular season titles in both 1996 and 1997. The team advanced into the Sweet Sixteen twice and made an Elite Eight appearance in 1996. As a freshman, she led the team in scoring and was an all-conference and all-region selection in 1996. She served as a team co-captain in 1998.
Gay received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and special education from the University of Nebraska and her master’s degree in physical education/coaching from Indiana State University.