Coaching Staff


CHANTEL CAPPUCCILLI

Women’s Soccer Head Coach

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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."


DAN RIBBENS

Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach

Dan Ribbens has completed his 10th season as part of the women’s soccer coaching staff, including a stint as interim head coach in 2004. A four-year letterman on the Westmont men’s soccer team, Ribbens served as the Warrior’s men’s soccer team captain for two seasons, during which time he was the team’s MVP. In 1976, he became the program’s sixth player to be named an NAIA All-American.

"It is pure joy to be able to coach at Westmont," said Ribbens. "Having been involved with the women’s soccer program at its inception in the 70’s, I can really appreciate the quality of the players and coaches that are currently in the program. Hopefully, as the season progresses, I can contribute something to the development of each player both on and off the pitch. This program is really all about how to maximize every player’s experience as a Westmont soccer player and win some games along the way."

While finishing up his BA in political science in 1977, Ribbens played a year of professional soccer for the now defunct Santa Barbara Condors of the American Soccer League. In the summer of 1979, Ribbens traveled to Africa to play for "Adventures in Education". The team was cosponsored by the State Department and coached by Westmont’s Russ Carr.

During the early 90’s, Ribbens was instrumental in starting the Football Club of Santa Barbara, which has since merged with the Santa Barbara Soccer Club. He has coached youth club soccer teams from Under-11 to Under-19 for more than a decade.

Since 1977, Ribbens has been the owner/operator of Ribbens Construction which specializes in custom residential homes. Ribbens and his wife Karen (Westmont ‘78) have two sons, Andy (Westmont ‘02) and Erick.


KATIE TUNIN

Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach

Katie Tunin joined the Westmont Women’s Soccer coaching staff in the fall of 2010. Tunin serves as the team’s goalkeeper coach.

"My approach to being a goalkeeper coach is very technical," said Tunin. "I don’t want my keepers to be showy but rather to make saves look easy. Our main focus to effective goalkeeping is consistency, quick and efficient footwork, solid catching and diving technique, and clear communication."

Tunin was a NCAA Division I goalkeeper at Northern Arizona where she holds the team’s season record for fewest goals allowed in a season (11 in 2000). She ranks second for the Lumberjacks in career goals allowed at 1.158.

After serving at her alma mater as an assistant coach from 2002-04 while earning a master’s in secondary education, Tunin began coaching at both the club and high school level. From 2006 through 2008, Tunin taught history at Calabasas High School and served as the girl’s soccer head coach. In 2008, Tunin began working as the head coach at Ventura High School while also serving as a middle school youth paster at Ventura Missionary Church in Ventura. She continues to serve in both of those capacities today.

"I am so blessed to be part of the Westmont coaching staff.," said Tunin. "Being part of the women’s soccer team is like my mountain top experience. I am so filled up and encouraged by the players and coaches at Westmont. I leave after practice and games ready to pour out into the lives of others. Being part of this program has given me a glimpse into the way the church is supposed to operate, a genuine authentic community where each person loves and sharpens each other."


COLE SCHMIT

Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach

New to the coaching staff for the 2015 season is Cole Schmit, a 2014 graduate of California Baptist. A three-year starter for the Lancers, Schmit played under two Westmont alumni – head coach Ryan Jorden (’95) and assistant coach Gregg Schroeder (’03). After graduating from California Baptist, Schmit followed Jorden to the University of the Pacific where he served as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2014-15 season.

"I hope to bring the experiecne that I have developed under coaches Jorden and Schroeder. They created in me a solid foundation to become a good player, a good student-athlete and to become a man of God. Ultimately, I would like to bring to the table my experience and knowledge of the game and also share my faith and help the student-athletes develop as students, as students of the game and in their relationship with God. "

Schmit, a center-midfielder, was honored three times as an All-PacWest selection. He was also named NCCAA All-American in 2012 and was a part of back-to-back NCCAA National Championship teams in 2011 and 2012.

Schmit served as captain of the 2013 team and was three times recognized as a member of the PacWest All-Academic Team.

During the summer of 2013, Schmit played with the Southern California Seahorses, a Premier Development League team.