Coach Naomi Kolarova enters her 12th year as head coach of the Tennessee Wesleyan women's soccer program. The 2016-17 season was a resounding success for the team and saw the Lady Bulldogs achieve a number of milestones. The team finished 4th in the Appalachian Athletic Conference reguar season, they won their AAC quartefinal match over St. Andrew's University via penalty kicks, and with the help of upsets in the other three quarterfinal matches, moved on to host the AAC final four. The Lady Bulldogs then won the conference tournament with 2-1 and 2-0 wins over Truett McConnell University and Bryan College, and earned a bid to the NAIA National Tournament for just the second time in program history (last time in 2010). In the Opening Round they were beat 3-0 by the University of Nortwestern Ohio who went on to win the tournament and become the 2016-17 NAIA National Champions.
Tennessee Wesleyan's 2016-17 women's soccer team had their highest number of wins in a season under Kolarova's tenure, with 13 wins. The team allowed the least number of goals scored in the regular season, and posted the highest number of shutout games in a single season under Kolarova's tenure. Coach Kolarova achieved the 100th win of her career in the University of Cumberland 4-1 win on Oct 22nd, 2016. They had a 13-6-2 overall record, and a 6-3-1 conference record in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC).
Overall, at the helm of the program Coach Kolarova has lead Tennessee Wesleyan Women's Soccer to a 103-88-16 record and 57-28-6 AAC conference record. In her 11 years at TWU, Kolarova has had players named to: Appalachian Athletic All-Conference Teams 60 times, NAIA All-Region teams 9 times, NAIA and NSCAA Honorable Mention All-American selection 3 times, and NCSAA All-American selection 2 times. In Kolarova's coaching career at Tennessee Wesleyan, they have had 1 AAC Player of the Year, 2 AAC POffensive Players of the Year, 1 AAC Defensive Player of the Year, and 2 AAC Freshmen of the Year. Kolarova has also helped set the academic standard for the women's soccer program during her tenure with 10 players named NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and 59 AAC All-Academic Team players.
Kolarova (formerly Clarke), originally from New Zealand, came to Tennessee Wesleyan in 2006 following a one and a half year stint as assistant women's coach at the University of North Alabama where she also completed a Master's degree in Health Promotion and Human Performance. Prior to coaching college soccer, Kolarova played a season for the semi-professional Mile High Mustangs in Denver, CO (2004) and at the NCAA Division II collegiate level (2000-2003). Her collegiate career consisted of playing at Lock Haven University of PA (2000-2002), and then Metropolitan State University of Denver (2003-2004), where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Human Performance and Sport emphasizing Teaching K-12 Physical Education. During her playing career Kolarova earned the honor of being named an NSCAA DII All-American selection all four years of her college career as well as both 1st Team Regional and 1st Team Conference selections every year. Kolarova also has youth and senior national team caps under her belt with representation for her native country, New Zealand.
Kolarova co-founded and served as DOC/Assistant DOC for local soccer club McMinn United for 10 years, she previously coached for elite clubs out of the Nashville, TN and Denver, CO areas. Kolarova is also a soccer camp veteran having coached and directed with Joe Machnik's No.1 Soccer Camps from 2002-2014, Coerver Coaching in 2005-2009, as well as worked various college camps since 2006. Kolarova currently works with the TN Olympic Development Program and runs Tennessee Wesleyan Team Camps for high school programs. She holds her USSF National 'B' Coaching License. Coach Kolarova resides in Athens, TN with her husband Hristo and her daughter Kiriana.
2017 Women's Soccer Roster
|Jennie Bridges||FR||GK||5-7||Ringgold, GA|
|Taylor Elrod||FR||GK||5-8||Knoxville, TN|
|0||Tiffany Pace||SO||GK||5-4||Tazewell, TN|
|1||McKenna Loges||SR||GK||5-4||Dandridge, TN|
|2||Siobhan Patterson||SO||M||5-7||Palmerston North, New Zealand|
|3||Kelsey Brown||SR||F||5-5||Clinton, TN|
|4||Hannah Dearing||SO||M||5-5||Chattanooga, TN|
|5||Els van Hooijdonk||JR||D||5-7||Little Mountain,QLD,Australia|
|6||Cooper Bartley||SR||GK||5-7||Palmdale, FL|
|7||Emiley Saddler||JR||M||5-4||Chattanooga, TN|
|8||Abby Younce||JR||D||5-4||Athens, TN|
|9||Karla Martinez||SO||F||5-3||Hixson, TN|
|10||Lauren Cunningham||JR||M||5-4||Slough, England|
|11||Rangimarie Wirihana-Tawake||JR||F||5-5||Coromandel, New Zealand|
|12||Jessica Young||SO||D/F||5-4||Athens, TN|
|14||Nicole Broderick||SR||F||5-6||Kingston, Jamaica|
|15||Kaile Parker||FR||5-5||Athens, TN|
|16||Chloe Rootes||FR||M/F||5-4||Kempsey, NSW, Australia|
|17||Julia Ruiz Vargas||FR||M||5-8||Barcelona, Spain|
|18||Rachel Bean||JR||F||5-2||Lenoir City, TN|
|19||Samantha Green||SO||F/M||5-8||Hixson, TN|
|20||Skotti Bullington||JR||D||5-5||Kingston, TN|
|21||Astrid Pineda||SO||M||5-1||Cleveland, TN|
|22||Clarissa Duran||FR||5-3||Chattanooga, TN|
|23||Livia Walker||SO||F/M||5-9||McMinnville, TN|
|24||Savannah Mayo||FR||5-7||Cleveland, TN|
|25||Dayna Randall||JR||F||5-4||Chesterfield, England|
|26||Sydney Smith||JR||D||5-0||Chattanooga, TN|