Kelsey Baird begins her first season as assistant coach for the Hilltopper women’s soccer program.
Baird, who was a volunteer assistant coach for the Hilltoppers the past three seasons, moves up to the assistant coach spot. While a volunteer coach at St. Edward's, Baird was also the head coach for the Veritas Academy varsity girl's soccer team in Austin. At Veritas, Baird helped start the program and led the team to four playoff appearances, three district titles and one state championship. She was also the assistant Student Life director and taught Anatomy and Physiology at Veritas.
Baird also founded and is director of Kibera Penda Project, a nonprofit organization in Kenya. The organization has helped impoverished students with scholarships and placement in high schools and college in the United States since 2009.
Collegiately, Baird was a four-year letterwinner for the Hilltoppers; she was named honorable mention All-America (2008), first-team all-region (2006, 2007, 2008) and first-team All-Heartland Conference (2006, 2007, 2008). She was also named Heartland Conference Woman of the Year (2009) and a semifinalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year (2009). She was honored as a member of the NCAA DII 40th Anniversary Tribute Team (2014) and made the SEU Dean’s List every semester while in attendance.
Baird graduated in 2009 from St. Edward’s with a BS in Kinesiology.