Trevecca Nazarene University athletic director Mark Elliott selected Kelsey Fenix, a former University of Kentucky soccer player and former associate head coach at Lipscomb University, as the fifth women's soccer coach in the history of the Trojan program. The Fenix Era started with the 2017 season.
Fenix tested her Trojans early in the 2019 season, collecting one of the toughest pre-conference schedules in the country. After receiving negatives results against #8 West Florida and #12 Lee, the Trojans opened up G-MAC competition with a 3-1 home win over Kentucky Wesleyan. On the year, the Trojans tallied a 7-9-3 overall record with a 7-6 mark in G-MAC contests. Trevecca entered the Great Midwest Athletic Conference tournament as the number five seeded squad. The Trojans were paired with the number four seeded Ohio Dominican Panthers, a team they had beaten just one week prior, and split contests with during the regular season. The year came to a close in the G-MAC quarterfinals for the Trojans when neither team collected a goal during 110 minutes (FT + 2OT) and the Panthers pulled through 3-2 in the shootout. Leah Hoffman and Makena Schlosser were named to the Great Midwest's Second Team all-conference while Gigi Ariola earned a place on the honorable mention squad.
During the 2018 campaign, Fenix directed the Trojans to an impressive 13-4-2 overall record and a 12-2-2 showing in Great Midwest Conference (G-MAC) play. The conference finish put the Trojans in second place for the postseason in which they hosted Davis & Elkins. After a 2-0 result over Davis & Elkins, the Trojans season ended in the G-MAC semifinals with a 2-1 OT loss to Walsh. The 17 conference wins and the 21 overall wins in her first two seasons are the most by any previous Trevecca coach in their first two seasons. Fenix's 12 conference wins this season are the most by any coach in program history. Fenix coached the Trojans defense to over 640 minutes of shutout soccer in October. During the unbeaten mark, the Trojans combined for six goals, five wins and one tie during the streak. At the end of the season, Fenix was awarded the G-MAC Coach of the Year for her 13-win effort.
In her first season as Trojans head coach, Kelsey Fenix guided the Trojans to six conference wins, the most by a first-year head coach in school history. Her 8-6-3 overall record also garners top honors as the best record by a first-year head coach in history.
Her first collegiate coaching victory came on September 2, 2017, with a 3-1 win over Shorter University, her first Great Midwest Athletic Conference win followed days later, September 6th, against Kentucky Wesleyan College and her first home victory came against Sewanee on September 9th, all within a week’s timeframe.
Her Trojans enjoyed another three-game winning streak in mid-October outscoring Lake Eric College, Davis & Elkins College and Alderson Broaddus University by a combined score of 8-2.
Fenix’s first season as a head coach came to an end in the Great Midwest quarterfinals against Walsh, 2-0. Fenix coached Hannah Barney and Sophia Callis to G-MAC first-team honors as well as Diana Corzine to the second team.
Fenix follows Mark Foster, Brett Armstrong, Mark Champion and Stan Herod as the Trojans head coach.
Prior to arriving at Trevecca, Fenix assisted at Lipscomb University. While coaching with Kevin O'Brien at Lipscomb University, Fenix assisted the Bisons with historic results.
The 2013 team reached the ASUN Conference Tournament for the first time. The team has reached the tournament in each of the last four years now, making the ASUN Finals in each of the last two years while collecting a total of 24 wins in that span.
In 2015 the Bisons recorded a program-best 12 wins (12-4-4) and their first appearance in an ASUN Final while going 6-1 in ASUN contests. 2016 nearly mirrored those results with a 12-5-2 record, 5-1-1 in ASUN play, and a second consecutive trip to the ASUN Finals.
BOOTS ON THE PITCH
Played for Westlake (Ohio) High School
Played at the University of Kentucky
Led UK Wildcats to 2006 SEC Championship, reaching the NCAA Tournament
Earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2007
Graduated with a bachelor of science in Kinesiology
Played semi-pro Charlotte Lady Eagles in the W-League
CLIPBOARD AND WHISTLE
Started coaching club soccer in 2007
Joined Lipscomb University coaching staff in March of 2012
Associate Head Coach for Kevin O'Brien for five seasons
Helped lead Lipscomb to first ASUN Conference Tournament in 2013
Bisons 5 Years with Fenix on the sideline: 42-35-17 overall,18-14-7 ASUN
Holds a USSF National "B" License
Fenix played collegiately at the University of Kentucky from 2004-2007 where the five-foot-seven midfielder was a three-year starter with the Wildcats. Fenix Captained the 2006 SEC Championship Wildcat team. She earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2007 after earning 2006 ESPN The Magazine 1st Team Academic All-District recognition.
Fenix also played with Athletes in Action and professionally with the Charlotte Eagles.
Coach Fenix shared why she coaches soccer with the Lipscomb Athletics Spiritual Formation staff in 2015. We share this article with permission from Lipscomb Athletics.
Why I Coach Soccer with Kelsey Fenix
MORE ON FENIX
HEAD COACH CLUB SOCCER
Jessamine (KY) Storm from 2007-2008
Winston-Salem Twins from 2009-2011
Charlotte United from 2011-2012.
Tennessee Soccer Club 98 Girls since 2012
Tennessee Soccer Club Premier Girls since 2013
HIGH SCHOOL NOTES
Lettered in soccer, basketball, and softball for the Westlake (Ohio) High School
1st Team All-State OHSAA Division 1 honoree
Scored 47 goals and handed out 34 assists
2001 Conference Most Valuable Player
Two-time Greater Cleveland First Team
Three-time Cuyahoga County First Team
All-Central Region selection
Three-time Morning Journal All-Star honoree
Two-time News Sun All-Star
Cleveland Plain Dealer Fall All-Star
First-team Adidas Scholastic All-East District
First-team Scholastic All-American.
Played in the Olympic Development Program
Played club soccer for the Ohio North State Team from 1998-2002
Played for the Cleveland Internationals Soccer Club from 2002-2005
Worked with Athletes in Action as an intern for nearly two years
TROJAN COACHING HISTORY
Brett Armstrong led the program before Foster taking over after serving as his assistant for two seasons. Armstrong is the winningest (44 wins) coach in program history. Stan Herod started the program before giving way to Mark Champion.
In Fosters' final season, the Trojans produced their second most wins in program history and their second regular-season Great Midwest Athletic Conference championship. Foster recorded a 40-27-8 record. Foster is the first coach in program history to have an overall record above .500.