April 25, 2014
Puffer comes to the Hilltop after spending two seasons on the staff at Towson University, while Keelan joins from the University of Pennsylvania, where she spent two years as an assistant coach.
"I'm very excited to have both Win and Kelly join our program," Nolan said. "They both have tremendous backgrounds from coaching successful programs at the collegiate level and having both played professionally. They will be great additions to our program and for our student-athletes."
At Towson, Puffer helped the 2013 Tigers to tie the program record for single-season turnaround - from one win in 2012 to eight in 2013 - and bring a wealth of coaching experience to the position.
Puffer was on the full-time coaching staff with the Washington Freedom from 2006-10, serving as the director of soccer club and Freedom Futures (USL W-League) head coach. There he designed and ran all aspects of the youth club for the Washington Freedom, which was ranked the No. 1 Girls Club in North America from 2008-10. Puffer also helped identify, evaluate and recruit players for the Washington Freedom Futures USL W-League team, as well as assisting with the coaching, video analysis and fitness monitoring for the Washington Freedom Women's Professional team. In his first season with the Freedom, Puffer helped the U20 team win the Inaugural USL Super-20 North American Championship. In 2009, his first season in charge of the Freedom Futures program, Puffer helped the team reach the W-League championship game and he was a finalist for W-League Coach of the Year in 2010.
He also worked for the last six years with the Freestate Soccer Alliance in Bowie, Md. Puffer served as coach for several of the Freestate teams, including teams in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). He coached the Freestate Shooters, winners of the 2007 US Club Soccer National Championship, 2008 & 2009 Maryland State Cup and the 2009 U19 Region 1 Championship Finalists. The Shooters had several players named to the youth and full US Women's National Teams as well as numerous honors at the collegiate level.
Puffer spent 10 years working with the Maryland and New Hampshire Olympic Development Programs, coaching on both the boys and girls sides. He assisted with the US Soccer Training Center player identification program as well as serving as an ECNL Scout. In 2010, Puffer was named to the USL Super Y-League ODP National Camp Staff.
Puffer served as an assistant coach at Stevenson University from 2007 until he joined the Towson staff. At Stevenson, Puffer assisted with all aspects and training for a team that compiled a 60-34-10 record in five seasons. In 2010, Stevenson won a conference championship and made an appearance in the NCAA Championships.
Puffer earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Allegheny College in 1999. In addition to playing soccer at Allegheny, Puffer played for Seacoast United of the New England Arena Soccer League and Arena Soccer League between 2000 and 2002. Kelly spent two seasons at Penn, including last year, when the finished the year 12-1-4 overall, setting a program record for fewest losses in a season. Penn also shut out 12 of its 17 opponents and allowed just eight goals all season. The women went 5-1-1 in the Ivy League to finish in second place, and at the end of the season three players were named first-team All-Ivy, including one who was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America (just the second All-America in program history) and the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year.
The Quakers went 9-6-1 overall in 2012, Keelan's first season, and played their final game at Princeton with a piece of the Ivy League championship on the line. The Quakers lost that game, and ended the season 5-2-0 in the Ancient Eight to finish third behind the Tigers (7-0-0) and Dartmouth (6-1-0).
A native of Broomall, Pa., Keelan came to Penn after two seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio University, working with the Bobcats' goalkeepers and field players in skill development, while also assisting with practices and other day-to-day operations for the program. Under Keelan's supervision in 2010, the Ohio defense tied program records for fewest goals allowed (21) and shutouts (six).
Keelan enjoyed a standout college career at George Mason. During her four years with the Patriots, she played both goalkeeper and forward, appearing in 71 games including 40 starts. As a forward, Keelan amassed 21 goals and 11 assists for 53 points. In goal, she tallied 58 saves and had a 1.39 goals-against average for her career. Keelan also served as a team captain and was named All-Colonial Athletic Association. As a junior in 2008, she led GMU in the amazing combination of goals, points, saves and shutouts. In 2007, she led the Patriots in goals, assists, points and shots.
In addition to her career at GMU, Keelan also played with the Philadelphia Liberty of the WPSL (Women's Premier Soccer League) and was a keeper in England's U-19 National Pool in 2006. She also played for the Philadelphia Charge, a WUSA youth team, and on the West Chester United club team for seven years.
Keelan currently holds an NSCAA Premier National Coaching License and an NSCAA Goalkeeping Coaching License. She completed her bachelor's degree in Health, Fitness and Recreation Management in May 2010 at Mason, and then earned a Master's of Science degree in coaching education at Ohio.
Georgetown closed out the 2013 season with a 16-3-2 record, tying the school single season record for wins in a season, set last year when the Hoyas went 16-4-3. The Hoyas were selected to the play in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years and reached the second round. The team set a school record with 58 goals scored and was ranked among the top three in the country in scoring offense.