Cappuccilli Named as Women’s Soccer Coach

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 30th, 2015


Chantel Cappucilli has been named the 11th head coach for Westmont Women's Soccer

Chantel Cappucilli has been named the 11th head coach for Westmont Women’s Soccer

Westmont athletic director Dave Odell has announced that Chantel Cappuccilli will take over as the head coach of Westmont women’s soccer. Cappuccilli, who has served as an assistant coach under Kristi Kiely for the past two seasons, becomes the program’s 11th coach in what will be it is 34th season. Kiely announced her resignation last month in order to take an assistant coach position at the University of Arkansas.

“We had a very large applicant pool as our program is considered a top tier opportunity for many,” said Odell. “In the process of considering other applicants, I became more and more certain that the right choice for Westmont was right under our noses.”

“Truly, I am speechless,” said Cappuccilli. “I abound in thankfulness and could not be more excited to lead the women’s program. Thank you to our athletic director, Dave Odell, and Westmont faculty and staff who were a part of the selection process. Also, thank you to Kristi Kiely for showing me what it means to be a woman of faith, integrity and grace while leading a group of women on and off the soccer field.”

Cappuccilli attended Saint Mary’s (Calif.) where she played NCAA Division I soccer for two seasons. After her sophomore year, Cappuccilli transferred to California Baptist. Sidelined with an injury for the 2010 season, Cappuccilli finished out her career at California Baptist in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Cappuccilli holds a master’s degree in kinesiology and sports management from California Baptist.

At California Baptist, Cappuccilli was moved from the midfield to an outside back position. The team finished 18-2-1 in both of her seasons with the Lancers while winning the Pacific West Conference Championship and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship each year. Cappuccilli was named the National Tournament Defensive MVP and named to the Pacific West All-Conference Team as a senior.

During the two years since Cappuccilli arrived at Westmont, the women’s soccer program has been one of the most highly regarded in the NAIA. In addition to consistent high national rankings, the Warriors have won a Golden State Athletic Conference championship and have been national runner-up.

“It is more than coincidental that Chantel has been here over the last two years when we have had the most success in nearly a decade,” asserted Kiely. “She has worked individually with our players on the technical side of the game, which is an area of expertise for her.”

“I have a great level of confidence in Chantel,” noted Odell, “her experience level is very comparable to some of our most successful coaches when they first arrived at Westmont. From day one, Coach Cappuccilli has embraced the community and culture surrounding Westmont athletics, I am thankful she has agreed to take on this challenge.”

“Chantel has been around the program long enough and deep enough to understand the things that are intrinsically a part of the program,” offered Kiely. “Those things need their own touch, which I think Chantel will provide. She will be able to continue the things that are important and valuable – the rich tradition of success, the valuing of education and excellence in the classroom, a greater understanding of growth for each individual.”

“After serving as the assistant women’s soccer coach the past two seasons, I have learned the true meaning of excellence in the work place,” said Cappuccilli. “There is an unremitting thoroughness in Westmont women’s soccer that is obsessed with the little things. In accepting the head coach position, I plan to continue and cultivate this culture, excellence, and ability to play for and coach for something more.

“Although I did not attend Westmont, I believe it to be a gem among college institutions,” offered Cappuccilli, “Its mission, academic reputation, athletic excellence, and community are a rarity. Westmont is a place that enriches the lives of its student-athletes – developing faithful, thoughtful, global leaders. I am blessed to play a role in its impact among the women’s soccer players.”