By John Boccacino/Sports Information Director
Jessica Shufelt was hired as an assistant women's soccer coach at Keuka College. She will assist head coach Steve Christenson with the day-to-day operations of the women's soccer program, including helping out with practices and recruiting.
She comes to Keuka College after a decorated playing career both in college and at the professional level of soccer.
"I have experience coaching youth teams in the Rochester area, and I've also worked with a lot of clinics in Ottawa for younger players," said Shufelt, a soccer standout at the University of Connecticut and Greece Arcadia High School before playing several seasons of professional soccer.
"I am thankful for the opportunity to coach soccer at Keuka College and I look forward to taking my coaching experience to the next level while helping our student-athletes develop and grow."
Shufelt helped the Ottawa Fury win the USL W-League title in 2012 and scored 10 goals with four assists in 23 career matches with Ottawa. Shufelt's strong play on the field garnered All-Conference honors during her first season with Ottawa.
Shufelt spent the 2013 season with the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League as the Thorns won the league championship.
After her stint with Portland, Shufelt spent time playing professionally in Sweden (Mallbacken IF in the Swedish D1 league) and France (FF Yzeure Allier Auvergne in the French D1 league).
While at the University of Connecticut, Shufelt, a forward, recorded 11 goals and 10 assists in 72 matches (43 starts) during a four-year career. A 2012 graduate, she helped the Huskies reach back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2009 and 2010.
Shufelt, who served as team captain during her junior and senior season, graduated from Connecticut with a bachelor's degree in sport management, and a minor in business.
As a standout at Greece Arcadia High School in Rochester, N.Y., Shufelt scored 89 goals and graduated as Arcadia's all-time leading scorer. She led Arcadia to the 2007 Class AA state championship by scoring a goal with 3:08 remaining in the second sudden death overtime period.
A 2008 graduate of Arcadia, Shufelt was named first-team All-State in 2006 and was the state's Player of the Year in 2007.