Karen Kelser (Meritorious Service) - Inducted 2021
Karen Kelser is currently the Grassroots Director at FCV Ashburn under the umbrella of The St James. She has been the Director of Coaching Education and a head coach at Arlington Soccer. She worked 17 years at DC Stoddert, where she earned Coach of the Year. She worked there in Coaching Education, as an Age Group Director, coaching and developing players. She instructed the first all-women’s coaching license for the state. Many players spent their formative years in that program and later advanced to NCAA DI and DIII, and moved on to national pools and teams. She earned the US Soccer Grassroots Coaching Instructor License. She has a BS in Exercise Science, and holds a current US Soccer National A Level Coaching License and National Youth License, KNVB Dutch Youth Coaching Diploma, and the NSCAA Advanced National Coaching License. She has been a Virginia State Coaching Education Instructor for VYSA since 1997. She has been a Director for the girls’ North District Development-ODP program. She has also worked with West Central District D-ODP and ODP, and North District and State ODP programs. She was also a Regional Director for Coerver Coaching of Virginia. She played NCAA DI soccer at GWU, has head coached collegiately at Marymount University.