Head Varsity Soccer Coach: Sean Kelty
This will be Sean Kelty’s first year coaching girls soccer for the St. Mary’s Academy Wildcats. He joins SMA after head coaching and directing the girls and boys varsity soccer programs at George Washington High School in Denver, CO.
Sean brings an extensive playing and coaching background to St. Mary’s Academy. Originally from Levittown, Pennsylvania, Sean has played in multiple state, regional, and national championships during his high school, club, and college career. He played for various renowned soccer club organizations and finished his tenure with the nationally-recognized organization, Continental FC (formerly known as FC Delco). Sean was heavily involved in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in Pennsylvania and was selected and played for state, regional, and national pools and teams. Highly recruited, Sean played for and graduated from Saint Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and concentration in Business Administration. Sean earned various rookie, conference, and collegiate honors while playing for the Division One program. Sean engaged in and created opportunities to play professionally for both domestic and international leagues and organizations however, he chose to pursue his professional career in public and corporate tax and accounting.
As a coach, Sean has been associated with youth soccer for over 15 years. Sean has been influenced and tutored by some of the most accomplished domestic and international managers within the game, which he carries forward with the integration of his work ethic and analytical approach. As a national USSF licensed professional, certified speed and agility trainer, and two-time Colorado Coach-of-the-Year nominee, Sean has coached in state, regional, and national championships, which is a testament to his sense and execution of organization, communication, and player development. He has directed, coached, and trained players in multiple organizations who have gone on to play collegiate soccer at all levels and positively impacted players who have played professional soccer. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Premier Soccer Development Academy, which currently trains over 250 athletes across the Denver metro area.
Sean resides in Centennial, CO with his wife, Kelli, and daughter, Harper, who is currently in the first grade at St. Mary’s Academy.
Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach: JJ Cleaver
JJ Cleaver works for St. Mary’s Academy as the Assistant to the Academy President. JJ began her career at SMA as a substitute teacher. She is also a parent to a SMA middle school student. JJ grew up in Saudi Arabia and played soccer for many years on a local and overseas team. JJ coached her daughter on an all girls soccer team for Littleton Soccer Club.
She is excited to share her passion for education and sports as Assistant Coach for the Varsity SMA soccer team! Go Wildcats!