One of the all-time great players to don an Owl women's soccer uniform, Denise Lyons has seen her success continue on the sidelines. Set to begin her 22nd season at the helm of one of the top programs in New England, Lyons has led Keene State to 21 post-season tournament berths during her tenure, including four NCAA tournament berths and four ECAC New England titles, including the 2011 crown.
Demonstrating the same determination she displayed as a player, Lyons has all intentions of improving on last year's 13-9 season and once again battling for the Little East Championship. Guiding the Owls to a 15-7-3 overall record and a 7-0 Little East mark in 2011, Lyons, the LEC coach of the year, was instrumental in leading KSC to the finals of both the LEC and ECAC New England tournaments. During her 16-year tenure in the LEC, Lyons has led the Owls to two LEC titles (2002 and 2004) and 10 appearances in the conference finals. Under Lyons, the Owls are second in all-time LEC regular-season wins (85-19-8) and tournament victories (19-11-1).
Coach Lyons, a former All-America player for the Owls, took over the program in 1992. Leading KSC to an NCAA berth and ECAC championship in Division II, Lyons has maintained the team's high level of play in Division III. Since joining the Little East in 1997, Keene State has made 12 trips to the ECAC tournament and received three berths in the NCAA championships (1998, 2002, and 2004). Her 2002 squad set a program record for wins (20) and advanced to the regional finals. A five-time LEC Coach of the Year award recipient, Lyons carries an impressive 312-127-28 (.698 pct.) career mark into the 2013 season. She is presently ranked nationally among the top active Division III coaches in winning percentage and victories.
Numerous Owls players have thrived under Lyons' tutelage, including All-Americans Amy Zombeck (1998), Erin Lester (2002) and Jennifer Ortisi (2003). Since joining the Little East in 1997, KSC has produced two players of the year, two offensive players of the year, two defensive players of the year and three rookies of the year. In addition, 76 Owls have earned All-LEC honors.
A native of Newcastle West, County Limerick, Ireland, Lyons played for the Irish National Team before embarking on her career at Keene State. A fiery competitor, Lyons completed her four-year career (1986-89) with 26 goals and 31 assists. She was named to four All-New England teams and earned All-America honors while leading her team to four postseason tournaments, including two trips to the NCAA Division II nationals. Inducted into the KSC Alumni/Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003, Lyons also serves as the school’s Senior Women's Administrator.
|Title:||Strength and Conditioning/Assistant Coach|
A former four-year member of the Owls women's soccer team, Sarah Testo begins her 12th year as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Keene State and 10th season as assistant soccer coach. As the Strength and Conditioning Coach, she is responsible for developing and implementing in- and off-season strength and conditioning plans for all 18 KSC varsity teams. She has been pleased with the response to her program and her success in maintaining the year-round health of KSC athletes.
KSC head coach Denise Lyons lauded the work of Testo, getting her team ready for the rigors of LECplay this fall. "It's the fittest I've ever had a team of returners come into preseason," said Lyons. I give a lot of credit to Sarah and her summer workout plan."
After earning her degree in health science (‘00) from Keene State, the Newburyport, Mass., native went on to receive her degree in applied exercise science/strength and conditioning from Springfield College in 2002.
Beginning her eighth season as assistant coach, Stephanie Keating brings a wealth of soccer experience to the Keene State women's soccer program. She played at several colleges, including the University of Tampa (1999-00), the University of Florida (2000-01), and Louisiana State University (2001-03). After securing a spot on the Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers semi-pro team, Keating decided to make New England her permanent home.
A native of Vero Beach, Fla., Keating spent two years at the helm of the Vermont Academy girls' varsity soccer squad. While she was at LSU, she also coached the girls' team at University High School (2001-02) in Baton Rouge while earning All-Southeastern Conference all-star honors and first-team All-Louisiana accolades as a midfielder/forward.
Keating was inducted into the Saint Edward’s high school inaugural hall of fame where she played varsity soccer, golf, softball, and lacrosse. She was the leading soccer scorer for six straight years on the varsity soccer team, scoring 173 goals. Keating was a five-time recipient of the school most valuable player award, a three-time first-team All-State player, and was recognized by the Press Journal as well as Channel 12 in addition to being named one of the Top 100 Athletes of the Century in Vero Beach.
At Keene State, Keating main task with the team is working with the young Owl goalies.
|College:||University of Missouri|
Keene State College head women’s soccer coachDenise Lyons has announced the addition of assistant coach Kristin Boeker to her staff.
Boeker comes to Keene State with impressive playing and coaching experience at the Division I level. For the past seven years, she served as assistant and later associate head coach at the University of Texas-San Antonio. She helped the start-up women’s soccer team not only become a force in the Southland Conference, but capture the 2010 league championship in just four seasons. Prior to her tenure at UTSA, Booker was an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois University where she helped guide a highly-successful Panther squad to a 36-18-9 record in three seasons, including three consecutive Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Tournament titles and NCAA berths.
“We’re very fortunate to add Kristin Boeker to our program,” said Lyons. “I’m sure with her extensive playing and coaching experience at the Division I level, she’ll bring fresh and different ideas to the team and be another pair of eyes on the field.”
“Someone new brings a different perspective, a different vision and a different way of doing things,” said Boeker. “I’m here to learn from Coach Lyons and whatever I can give back to her would be a bonus. She obviously established an extremely successful program and has a tremendous background in the sport. This is my opportunity to grow as a soccer coach and learn more about the game.”
Originally from Lake St. Louis, Mo., Boeker played at Wentzville Holt (Mo.) High and on the traditionally strong JB Marine Club soccer team before going on to have a stellar four year career at University of Missouri, lettering from 1997-2000. As a junior, she helped lead the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999.
Boeker was named an honorable mention Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz and also earned a spot on the publication's Freshman All-Central Region team. She earned honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades and was the Tigers’ Offensive Player of the Year. As a sophomore, she was named second-team All-Big 12, earned a spot on the conference’s all-tournament team and once again was a member of Soccer Buzz’ All-Central Region team.
Boeker began coaching after graduation, serving an assistant coach for the Missouri Olympic Development Program and at Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo., in 2002. “I didn’t want to lose the passion and the love I had for the game. I still wanted to be around the sport still,” said Boeker about her desire to coach. “What better way to help and coach girls at the top level?”
Following three successful seasons at Eastern Illinois, Boeker and EIU Coach Steve Ballard headed down to Texas San Antonio to build the Roadrunner program. A member of the National Soccer Coaches Association, she has been involved with a multitude of well-known soccer camps at Eastern Illinois, Missouri, Notre Dame and Stanford.
Moving to the Keene, N.H. area with her two sons, Keenan (4) and Devin (2), Boeker is excited about joining the Owl coaching staff. Despite working at the Division I level, Boeker says the KSC players have the same passion for the game. “They play hard, love the sport and they’re competitive,” she said. “They’re here for a reason to play collegiate soccer and get an education. “I’ve already been impressed with the players I’ve seen.”
|Title:||Student Assistant Coach|
A former freshman goalie for the Owls, Victoria Tarabelli from Needham, Mass. will move from the net to the sidelines this season, serving as a student assistant coach with the Keene State women’s soccer team.
“It’s a real honor to be working as a student assistant coach with the team,” said Tarabelli, a junior at KSC. “I would have liked to continue playing, but the concussions I suffered didn’t allow me to do that. So I’m really pleased that Coach (Denise) Lyons game me this opportunity. I’m an exercise science major and want to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a coach, so I’m really excited to begin working toward that goal.”
A take-charge keeper during her brief Owl career, Tarabelli came to Keene State from Needham High where she was the starting goalie for the Rockets in her final three seasons. She posted a league-best 0.47 GAA with eight shutouts leading Needham to the Baystate League title and a berth in the South Sectional state tournament as a senior. A two-time Baystate League All-Star, Tarabelli was also the starting goalie for the Rockets’ lacrosse team as a junior and played club soccer for the New England Eagles Futbol Club.
Soccer runs in the Tarabelli family. Her father Carl is a former captain of the Boston University men’s soccer team and is the head coach of the girls’ varsity soccer team at Needham High. He also runs the Soccer Dynamics soccer camps during the summer. Victoria’s older sisters Angela and Kate also played soccer at Needham High. Angela went on to play two seasons at NYU.