Jessica Chisley was promoted to Associate Head Coach prior to the start of the 2017 season after serving as a full-time assistant coach since 2005 at Centre College. A 2004 graduate of Centre, Chisley is the program’s goalkeeper coach, works with the team’s defense, coaches the program’s Reserve team, and serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator. As well, Chisley serves on Centre College’s Staff Congress and also assists the Athletics Communications staff with game-day media operations for various sports, as needed.
During her four-year career at Centre, Chisley was a two-sport student-athlete. She was a four-year starting goalkeeper for the Women's Soccer team (serving as team captain in her junior and senior years) and a three-year starting shortstop for the softball team. On the soccer field, she ended her career earning All-SCAC, All-Great Lakes All-Region, and SCAC Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors. Post-graduation (2005), she was one of only two Centre Women’s Soccer players selected to the SCAC 15th-Anniversary team. In the summer of 2008, Chisley laced up her boots one last time and concluded her competitive career playing semi-professional soccer in Virginia as a member of the Fredericksburg Lady Gunners. In that same year, she helped coach the Colonels to their first-ever National tournament bid.
From 2005-2015, Chisley held multiple positions for the Athletics Staff at Centre, in addition to her responsibilities on the soccer field:
* From 2005-2008, she served as an Assistant Coach for the Women’s Basketball program;
* From 2007-2016, she was the Assistant Director of the Buck Fitness Center, where she supervised the student-employee staff, and oversaw the maintenance of all exercise equipment.
* From 2011-2015, she was the Assistant Coach for the Women’s Lacrosse program, which she helped get off the ground from their inaugural season in 2011.
Additionally, from 2005-2010, Chisley served in the Boyle County School system as the Head Girls Soccer Coach at Boyle County Middle School. For several years, she served as the conference coordinator – maintaining conference standings and organizing the end of season conference tournament for the division.
Chisley is passionate about leadership and building mental toughness. In 2007, she graduated from the NCAA Women Coaches Academy – an extremely difficult program to be accepted into as hundreds apply, but only a handful are accepted. The NCAA Women Coaches Academy provides skills training for Women Coaches at all college levels. Each participant learns skills that are not sport specific, yet are relevant and necessary for coaching responsibilities, beyond just the X's and O's of a particular sport. By the end of the Academy, WCA graduates leave with a renewed commitment to personal and professional growth, which honors and strengthens the career responsibilities of being an Athletic Coach. In addition to the graduating from the Women Coaches Academy, Chisley has participated in the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Leadership Symposium and is a 2013 graduate of the National Coaches Leadership Institute.
On the campus of Centre College, Chisley serves on the Non-Violent Communication Working Group. A campus-wide initiative, NVC supports the College’s pledge of “continuing efforts to build and strengthen a community enriched by differences and founded upon common humanity.” Through the practice of ‘listen-speak’, NVC teaches people how to communicate with one another in a manner that “provides individuals the opportunity to exchange ideas and share in the richness of mutual experiences.”
In over a decade of working together, Hoffman and Chisley have led the Colonels to conference, regional, and national success. Highlights include eight NCAA Tournament appearances (2008, 2011-present), six straight Southern Athletic Association Titles, and the 2015 NCAA Final Four run. In 2016, she and Hoffman were named NSCAA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year. In 2012 (20-0-2), primarily working with the team’s goalkeepers and defense, the team posted the lowest goals against average in school history (0.42) and set a program high shut-out record at 16. The team’s shut-out percentage (0.682) also lead to a No. 9 National ranking (out of 300 teams ranked). Most recently, in 2017 – the Colonels finished the season 15-4-2 overall and a pristine 7-0 in-conference, marking the program’s fifth SAA regular season title since the league began in 2012. Centre captured its sixth SAA Tournament crown, as well, remaining the only team to ever claim the SAA Tournament Championship. All told, Centre has 11 of 12 SAA titles between the regular season and tournament.
Chisley holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi with a concentration in Sport Psychology.