Entering her 22nd season at the helm of the Boston University women's soccer team, head coach Nancy Feldman has transformed the program from club-level to a team that is consistently competing against the nation's top squads. After dominating the America East, winning nine conference titles, the Terriers have already made their mark as the top-team in the Patriot League, winning three-straight titles in their first three seasons in the conference.
Following the 2014 season, USA Today named Boston University the third-best Division I women's soccer program in the U.S. based on team success, overall school quality and the academic record of the student athletes. BU ranked behind 2014 NCAA finalist Virginia and ahead of NCAA semifinalists Stanford and Texas A&M and NCAA quarterfinalist UCLA.
Kelly Lawrence, who owns seven years of DI coaching experience as well as seven years of National Team experience, joined the Boston University women's soccer staff as an associate head coach in March, 2019.
Lawrence comes to Boston after spending four years at Syracuse, including serving as the interim head coach for four months. Prior to her tenure at Syracuse, Lawrence spend two seasons at Monmouth, where she assisted the Hawks to two straight MAAC regular season and conference championships. During the 2014 season, Lawrence assisted the back line which led the NCAA in shutout percentage (.762), rank fourth in goals-against average (0.42) and fifth in winning percentage (.857).
Lawrence broke into the collegiate coaching ranks by serving as a fifth-year student assistant at Indiana University in 2010 after starring for four seasons on the back line with the Hoosiers. A four-year starter, Lawrence became the only player in program history to earn All-Big Ten honors all four years, and is also the only three-time All-Region honoree in program history. In addition, she was a three-time all-region honoree and was on the Mac Herman Watch List in 2008. Lawrence won two WPSL national championships, one with Boston Breakers Reserves in 2010 and one with Orange County Waves in 2011.
She also served as the Girls Varsity Assistant Coach at The Pingry High School in Martinsville, New Jersey from 2012-13, leading the team to the state championship.
The Chigwell, Essex, England native enjoyed a stellar playing career as she spent seven years with the English Youth National Teams (U15-U23's) and Great Britain. She helped England to a runner-up finish in the 2007 Women's Under-19 UEFA Cup. She played her youth career primarily for Arsenal Ladies Football club (2001-05) before her last stint in England with Fulham Ladies First Team (2005-06). Lawrence was also a member of the England National Development Program where she spent two years in residency from 2004-06.
She passed her UEFA B Coaching Assessment through the Welsh Football Association in July, 2018 and received her UEFA B License in November, 2018. She holds the United Soccer Coaches Premier, Advanced and National coaching licenses, in addition to Goalkeeper level I and II Diplomas.
Additionally, she was selected for the 2018-19 WeCOACH Mentor Program, graduated from the 2018 NCAA Women Coaches Academy class #45, and was a recipient of the 2017-2018 NSCAA "30 Under 30" scholarship program.
Lawrence graduated with a degree in General Studies with a minor in Kinesiology & Coaching from Indiana in 2010. She went to receive her Master's in Coaching & Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine in February, 2019.
Following spending six years at Cornell as both a student-athlete and assistant coach, Tori Christ joined the Boston University women's soccer staff as an assistant coach in March, 2019.
Christ arrives in Boston after spending the past two seasons as a goalkeeper coach at her alma mater. Under Christ's tutelage, Meghan Kennedy earned All-Ivy League honorable mention status for the second straight season after leading the league with 94 saves, also marking the second straight season she has topped the conference leader board in saves.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Christ played professionally for three seasons, first by playing with the Boston Breakers reserve team in 2014. Christ went overseas the next two years, aiding Västerås BK30 in Sweden to win the Widerlöv Cup in 2015 before playing one final season with Rovaniemen Palloseura in Finland.
While competing for the Big Red, Christ served as a two-year captain and was the program's first three-time winner of the Randy May Coaches' Award, which is given to the player who best demonstrates the spirit and dedication to Cornell soccer shown by Randy May, the first head coach of the program. In 2012, she led the Ivy League with 88 saves, which ranks 11th in Cornell's single-season record book.
Christ graduated from Cornell in 2014 with a degree in psychology.