Chris Allen | Assistant Coach
Chris Allen, who served as a volunteer assistant with the Billikens in 2016, is in his first season as a full-time assistant coach.
“I am thrilled to have Chris join our staff as a full-time assistant coach,” head coach Katie Shields said. “We’ve already had the privilege of working with him for a year, so we know his exceptional qualities on and off the field. His positivity and passion for Saint Louis University, our program and our student-athletes made him the obvious choice for this position.
“Since his arrival at SLU, Chris has been relentless in finding ways to improve and grow every facet of our program,” Shields said. “I look forward to having him on board full time as we continue to educate our student-athletes, compete for and win championships on the field, and grow our presence in the community.”
“I feel incredibly blessed and am so grateful to be given this opportunity,” Allen said. “After spending last year as a volunteer assistant, I have grown to appreciate just how special SLU and the Billiken women's soccer program are. To be able to join the Billiken family in a full-time capacity is a dream come true.”
Prior to his one-year stint as a SLU volunteer assistant, Allen spent nine seasons as girls’ soccer head coach at Webster Groves High School.
Allen transformed Webster Groves into a perennial power in Missouri. During his tenure, the Statesmen achieved a No. 4 national ranking and finished third in the Class 3 state tournament in 2015; enjoyed six 20-win seasons; won numerous conference and tournament titles; and produced more than 30 players who went on to compete at the collegiate level. Allen tallied a 164-71-5 record at the helm.
Allen was tabbed Missouri Class 3 Regional Coach of the Year the past two seasons and was selected to coach in the 2015 Missouri Athletic Club High School Soccer All-Star Game. He garnered five conference Coach of the Year awards.
Allen spent two seasons as boys’ head coach at Gonzaga Prep and one season as girls’ head coach at Mead High School, both located in Spokane, Washington. He served as an assistant coach of boys’ teams at Webster Groves (six seasons), Rockwood Summit (two seasons) and Gonzaga Prep (two seasons). Allen was a girls’ assistant coach at Webster Groves (one season) and Gonzaga Prep (two seasons).
Also the technical director of Four Rivers Futbol Club in Union, Missouri, Allen was a three-year starter at Kirkwood High School before playing one season at Calvin College, where he earned second-team All-Conference plaudits. He transferred to Truman State and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science/sports management in 2002.
Kelly Young | Assistant Coach
Kelly Young is in her third season as assistant women’s soccer coach at Saint Louis University.
A former goalkeeper, Young guided Mary Niehaus to first-team All-Conference and third-team All-Region honors in 2016, Niehaus’ first season between the posts at SLU. Niehaus’ 0.56 goals against average and five shutouts in league games topped the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Young helped Hanna Benben enjoy her best season in 2015. Benben led the A-10 with a career-best .824 save percentage and compiled a career-best 0.96 GAA.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kelly to the Billiken family,” head coach Katie Shields said upon Young’s hiring. “It was really important in this hire to have someone who fits the vision of our program and the chemistry of our staff as we take the program to new heights.
“We were looking for someone with a positive and passionate mentality on a daily basis and knew that Kelly was the best candidate for the position,” Shields said. “I’m thrilled that she accepted the opportunity.”
Young came to SLU after serving two seasons as a graduate assistant for the Valparaiso University women’s soccer program.
Young coached Valparaiso’s goalkeepers and was the recruiting coordinator for a program that enjoyed its best season in 2014. The Crusaders registered a 14-2-4 overall record that included their first-ever perfect conference mark (8-0-0); captured Horizon League regular-season and tournament championships; and battled No. 4 national seed Notre Dame to the wire in an NCAA Championship first-round game before falling 1-0.
Under Young’s guidance, Valparaiso achieved national rankings of fifth in GAA (0.43), fifth in save percentage (.885) and 11th in shutout percentage (.600) in 2014 while posting a school-record 12 shutouts.
Young also has been an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach with the FC Pittsburgh club program; an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Chatham (Pa.) University; and a volunteer assistant at her alma mater, Kent State University.
Young ranks first in minutes, third in wins, shutouts and saves, and seventh in GAA on Kent State’s career goalkeeping lists. She was a team captain as a fifth-year senior in 2011 when the Golden Flashes won the Mid-American Conference East regular-season championship.
Young holds a master’s degree in sports administration from Valparaiso and a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology with a minor in athletic coaching from Kent State. She and her husband, Bo, were married in June 2017.