|Year:||7th year at Centre|
|College:||Centre College `04|
Assistant Coach Jessica Chisley enters her seventh season with the Centre College women's soccer program. A 2004 Centre graduate, Chisley holds a Bachelor of the Arts in music. During her four-year career, Chisley was a two-sport student-athlete – serving as a four-year starting goalkeeper for the women's soccer team (which she captained 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 Region, and SCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Chisley's primary responsibilities for the Women's Soccer program include: instructing the team's goalkeepers and working with the team's defense; recruiting (including on-campus and in-home visits as well as travel); game day organization; and coaching the program's reserve team. An 11-year veteran of the Centre Women's Soccer Camp, Chisley is the Head Goalkeeping Clinician. She is also a member of the Morehead State University Women's Soccer summer camp staff where she is responsible for instructing the goalkeepers.
Chisley's coaching career has been filled with many memorable moments. In 2005, she was selected to the SCAC 15th-Anniversary team. In the same year she earned her NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Diploma and was named the Head Girls Soccer Coach at Boyle County Middle School. After seven years of service to the school, Chisley retired to become the Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach at her alma mater.
A pivotal moment in Chisley's career came in the winter of 2007 when she became a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. An extremely difficult program to be accepted into (hundreds apply, but only a handful are accepted), the NCAA Women Coaches Academy provides skills training for women coaches at all 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. By the end of the Academy, its graduates leave with a renewed commitment to personal and professional growth which honors the career responsibilities of being an Athletic Coach. Having had this unique opportunity, Chisley considers herself both "blessed and fortunate".
In the summer of 2008, Chisley laced up the boots one last time and played semi-professional soccer in Virginia as a member of the Fredericksburg Lady Gunners. Just a few months later, she would help coach the Colonels to their first-ever National tournament bid. In the years following, Centre would continue to experience many successes. In 2009, Centre posted the fewest losses in a single-season in the program's history and also broke the team’s shut-out record. This past season (2011), Centre earned their second NCAA tournament bid and advanced into the second round of tournament play.
Chisley is truly proud of the advances the team continues to make and the direction in which the program is heading.