Naomi Kolarova was named the second head women's soccer coach in Austin Peay program history, Dec. 21, 2017. This fall season is her first with the Governors, as she leads the program into their 17th season of competition in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Kolarova, previously the head women’s soccer coach at Tennessee Wesleyan University for 12 seasons, led the 2017 TWU team all the way to the NAIA National Tournament Quarterfinals, the best post-season finish in history for a TWU women’s athletics program. Last season's Lady Bulldogs squad also received the program's highest ever national ranking, reaching No. 11 in the NAIA national poll at season's end.
In her 12 seasons at Tennessee Wesleyan, Kolarova has led the program to three Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament championships, an AAC Regular Season title, as well as three NAIA National Tournament appearances. Kolarova has coached 66 all-conference athletes and seven athletes who received the Appalachian Athletic Conference's top soccer awards. The latter total includes two AAC Players of the Year, two Offensive Players of the Year, a Defensive Player of the Year and two AAC Freshmen of the Year. In addition, three players were named to NAIA All-American teams during her time at Tennessee Wesleyan.
Kolarova's teams also exceled in the classroom with her program receiving the NAIA's Scholar Team Award four times since 2012. In addition, 10 soccer athletes were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes 24 times, and 59 student-athletes received academic all-conference honors.
A Cambridge, New Zealand native, Kolarova (nee Clarke) is a four-time National Soccer Coaches Association Division II All-American as a player. She played three seasons at Lock Haven (Pa.) where she was conference rookie of the year and ultimately scored 34 goals – still third most in that program's history. Kolarova then transferred to Metropolitan State-Denver for her final season and was the conference player of the year after a 29-point (13 goals, 16 assists) campaign.
Following her collegiate career, Kolarova was a member of the New Zealand National Senior Women's Team in 2004 and earned three caps with the Football Ferns. She also played for the United States W-League's Mile High Mustangs in 2004.
Kolarova began her coaching career at the University of North Alabama, where she was a graduate assistant for the 2005 season while earning her master's degree in health promotion and human performance. She also holds a bachelor's degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver in human performance and sport, with an emphasis in K-12 teaching. Kolarova holds the USSF National “B” Coaching License.
She and her husband Hristo Kolarov reside in Cunningham, Tenn. and have a one year old daughter, Kiriana.
Becomes second coach in Austin Peay women's soccer history after signing a four-year contract
Her 2017 Tennessee Wesleyan team became the first women's team in school history to reach the NAIA national tournament quarterfinals
Led TWU to its only three NAIA National Tournament appearances
The Lady Bulldogs No. 11 ranking at end of 2017 season was the program's first national ranking
Coached Tennessee Wesleyan's first NAIA All-American
Her teams received NAIA academic recognition four times since 2012-13 and 10 women's soccer student-athletes received NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors
Was a four-time NSCAA Division II All-American as a player at Lock Haven and Metropolitan State-Denver
The Kolarova File –
Hometown – Cambridge, New Zealand
High School – St. Peter's School
University of North Alabama (M.A., Health Promotion and Human Performance, 2006)
Metropolitan State University-Denver (B.A., Human Performance & Sport, 2004)
Collegiate Coaching Experience –
Tennessee Wesleyan, head coach, 2006-17
North Alabama, graduate assistant, 2005-06
Playing Career –
Mile High Mustangs (US W-League), 2004
New Zealand Senior Women's National Team, 2004
Metropolitan State-Denver, 2003-04
Lock Haven (Pa.), 2000-03
New Zealand U 17 & U19 National Teams, 1997-1999