Cagle Named Women's Soccer Coach
WUSA player joins Hokies' staff
December 18, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver has announced the hiring of Kelly Cagle as head women's soccer coach.

"We are very pleased to have Kelly join the athletic family at Virginia Tech," Weaver said. "We believe her background as a player and a coach will transcend into positive performance in our women's soccer program."

Cagle, the former Kelly Walbert, currently plays for the Atlanta Beat of the Women's United Soccer Association. The Beat was the 2001 WUSA regular season champion.

"I couldn't be happier about becoming the head women's soccer coach at Virginia Tech," Cagle said. "The administration's support combined with first class facilities and resources make Virginia Tech an unbelievable opportunity."

Cagle served as an assistant coach at Wake Forest from 1997-2001, where she was the recruting coordinator. At Wake, she was responsible for team travel, community involvement and day-to-day administration. The Demon Deacons were an ACC finalist in 1999 and made four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. WFU was a Top-20 program from 1997-2000.

Prior to Wake Forest, Cagle was an assistant coach at Texas during the 1996 season, where she was responsible for recruiting and team travel.

During the past year, she has been a coach in the Atlanta Youth Soccer Association. In Atlanta she is the co-director of the youth developmental program and also of summer camps. From 1997-2000, Cagle was co-director of the Tony da Luz Soccer Camp.

Cagle is a 1996 graduate of Duke University with a degree in sociology and was a four-year letterwinner in soccer. She was a three-time All-American and All-ACC selection in 1993, 1994 and 1995. She was the ACC Player of the Year in 1995 and a finalist for national player of the year as a junior and senior. She was team captain as a senior in 1995 and and was selected to the ACC 50th Anniversary Soccer Team. She was named to the list of top-10 athletes at Duke for the decade of the 1990s.

Duke was national runner-up in 1992 and made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances during Cagle's playing days. Cagle holds single season and career records for shots, goals and assists at Duke. She started all 90 games of her career with the Blue Devils and was a member of the U.S. National Team program, from 1992-95 and again in 1999.