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Smelley Honored as Coach of Character

April 12th, 2015
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Russell Smelley received the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character Award.

Westmont’s Russell Smelley was honored today as the 2015 NAIA Coach of Character award winner at the NAIA National Convention.

The NAIA Coach of Character award is given annually to an NAIA head coach who has embraced the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program, demonstrated through sport and instilled a culture of community leadership through volunteering or service.

Since 1979, Smelley has served as the head coach of Westmont’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams.

As the Coach of Character recipient, Smelley was honored as “the epitome of the Coach of Character award; he believes that coaches have the unique opportunity to help develop the character and resilience of their athletes.”

Kiely Resigns, Headed to Arkansas

March 26th, 2015

After five years at the helm of Westmont Women’s Soccer, head coach Kristi Kiely has announced her resignation. Kiely posted a record of 65-26-10 (.693) at Westmont and took the program to the NAIA National Championship the last four years. In 2014, the Warriors finished as NAIA national runner-up under Kiely’s guidance.

“Coach Kiely’s accomplishments on the field in her five years are considerable, but she will be remembered more by me for what she accomplished relationally in the lives of our student-athletes and how she created an amazing culture,” said athletic director Dave Odell. “The young women she recruited to our institution are leaders and fit nicely into the overall mission of the school. Her team consistently led our athletic program in team GPA and also found the time to give back to our community.”

Kiely’s association with Westmont began in the fall of 2001 when then Kristi Peich wore number five as a freshman and started all 19 games. During her four years as a player, Kiely was a part of three National Championship team (2001, 2002, 2003).

As coach, Kiely was named the 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after the Warriors claimed a share of the GSAC regular season championship and won the GSAC Tournament. Under Kiely’s watch, 12 Warriors have been named NAIA All-Americans and 20 have earned All-GSAC honors.

Warriors Sweep the Hawks

February 20th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Westmont’s women’s tennis team (6-2, 4-1 GSAC) swept San Diego Christian (2-3, 2-3 GSAC) 9-0 on Friday afternoon at home on the Abbott Tennis Courts.

The lady Warriors have sparked a bit of a winning streak over the last two matches, only dropping one match to go a total of 17-1 between the two competitions. In doubles play, Inez Costamagna and Lauren Stratman continue to light up the court with their consistent and high level play. The duo has yet to lose a doubles match this season and continued their streak today with a 8-0 win over Viktoria Galitsyna and Heather Borsos.

One court number two, doubles partners Alyson Meyer and Haley Strandness took down San Diego Christian’s Daneshjoo and Riabykh by a score of 8-2. To cap off doubles play, Keach and Rivera defeated Boeta and Hicker 8-2.

All-American Honors for Warriors

December 17th, 2014
Top: Tiffany Dimaculangan, Sophie Judd. Bottom: Sophie Fuller, Kelsey Steck.

Three Westmont players have been named to the 2014 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America Team and a fourth was listed for honorable mention recognition.

Senior midfielder Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora and senior defender Sophie Judd of Edmonds, Washington were the first team selections. Sophomore defender Sophie Fuller of Orinda received third team honors while junior forward Kelsey Steck of Valencia was tabbed as honorable mention.

Dimaculangan tallied six goals and four assists for the Warriors in 2014 while serving as a key component in the Warrior midfield. Dimaculangan scored game-winning goals against Northwest (Wash.), Hope International and Concordia (Calif.).

Judd, who recorded an assist against William Jessup, started all 20 games for the Warriors. Judd started 82 games of the 83 games during her four-year career, helping to anchor a stingy Warrior defense.

Season Ends in Second Round

December 3rd, 2014
Tiffany Dimaculangan

A lone goal in the 21st minute ultimately brought an end to the 2014 season for Westmont Women’s Soccer (16-4). Playing in the second round of the 2014 NAIA National Tournament, the Warriors struggled offensively and were unable to place any of their six shots on goal.

Martin Methodist from Pulaski, Tennessee (14-5-1) took only three shots in its 1-0 victory that advance the RedHawks to the quarterfinals. Katie Reid scored the game winner on a breakaway after an attempt to clear the ball by a Westmont defender struck Reid and bounced toward the goal.

The RedHawks nearly made it a 2-0 game in the 58th minute, but a spectacular save by Westmont keeper Lauren Dorr kept Caroline Ladaga da Silva’s free kick from scoring. Shooting from 20 yards out, Ladaga da Silva snuck the ball past the wall of Warriors and toward the near post. Dorr dove to her right and knocked the ball from its net-bound trajectory.

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Glover Repeats as GSAC Player of the Week

September 30th, 2014
Josh Glover

For the second week in a row, Westmont goalkeeper Joshua Glover has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. Glover recorded two shutouts last week as the 25th-ranked Warriors improved to 5-2-1 on the season and 2-0-1 in conference play.

Against San Diego Christian last Tuesday, Glover tallied seven saves in the 2-0 win. Following the contest, Westmont head coach Dave Wolf reported, “We got one world class save out of Josh on a ball that was headed for the top corner. He made a fingertip, one handed save. Our goals-against average is under one and we have four shutouts on the year.

“Josh is playing at a very high level right now. When you have a goalkeeper playing as good as he is playing, he exudes a confidence that permeates throughout the team. When Josh made that save you could hear the collective sigh of relief on the bench, but there was also a little bit of awe.”

Warriors and Mustangs Battle to Scoreless Tie

September 28th, 2014
Brandon Talsma

After 110 minutes of play, Westmont Men’s Soccer (5-2-1, 2-0-1 GSAC) settled for a 0-0 tie with The Masters (3-5-1, 0-1-1) on Saturday at Thorrington Field. The game was part of a day in which every Golden State Athletic Conference men’s soccer game went into overtime.

“It was a dogfight and probably a fair result today,” said assistant coach Johnny Whallon. “It was good for us to be in a tight, competitive match – an authentic GSAC game. Overall, we played a sound game and simply were unlucky not to get a couple in there.”

Both teams had opportunities to score with a total of 35 shots (21 for the Warriors), but the goalkeepers produced a combined 13 saves to keep the game scoreless. Westmont keeper Josh Glover, who notched five saves, recorded his third shutout. He also has two shared shutouts with freshman teammate Spencer Petty.

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Smelley to be honored as the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character

September 15th, 2014
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Russell Smelley received the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character Award.

Westmont’s Russell Smelley has been honored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with its 2014 Coach of Character Award. Smelley is in his 36th year as head coach for Westmont’s track and field and cross country teams.

“What I personally appreciate about Coach Smelley is his consistent pursuit of excellence without compromising the character values he makes the priority of his coaching philosophy,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “He is a fantastic example of how to be competitive and achieve success in athletics while remaining unwavering in a commitment to teach character and being a role model for both student athletes and coaches alike.

“In my 30 year history with the NAIA, I cannot think of a more deserving candidate for this honor,” continued Odell. “Coach Smelley is deeply imbedded in the fabric of all that is great about the NAIA. He was a champion of character before the term became a part of our culture.”

Asked what the award means to him, Smelley replied, “I hope that it reflects a growing faith and living out a faith in Jesus Christ.

[NAIA National Award Day video]

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