Amy Helliwell enters her sixth year as Rose-Hulman women's soccer coach after leading the Fightin' Engineers back to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament in 2013.
Helliwell led the Fightin' Engineers to a 10-6-4 record and a 6-3 mark in HCAC play with one of the toughest defensive units in the nation. Rose-Hulman finished third nationally with a .924 save percentage and goalkeeper Lucinda Combs set school records with a 0.57 goals against average and 11 shutouts.
The 2013 team did not lose a regular season conference match in regulation time, and the team recorded six consecutive shutouts during the season.
Helliwell's teams have a 19-13-7 mark over the past two seasons. In five years at Rose-Hulman, her overall mark stands at 22-19-3 in conference play and 39-47-8.
In 2009, Helliwell inherited the program in August and led the Fightin' Engineers to a regular season conference championship. Rose-Hulman earned the top seed for the league tournament that year on the heels of a win at fellow league co-champion Hanover College. Eventual NCAA Tournament representative Transylvania University ended the magical run in the league tournament with a narrow 1-0 victory.
Helliwell came to Rose-Hulman after spending the last 11 years as head coach at Greenwood High School in Kentucky, where she led squad to six state Final Four appearances. Her teams combined for a 207-64-1 record with seven district championships, six regional and sectional titles, and the six Final Four appearances.
She also served as coach of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association All-Star Game in 2001, 2005 and 2008, and was named Southern Kentucky Soccer Referees Association Coach of the Year from 2001-05 and in 2008. Her career also includes serving as a mathematics teacher at Greenwood High School for 13 years.
Helliwell earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and secondary education from the University of Southern Indiana in 1996 and obtained a master's degree in education guidance counseling from Western Kentucky University in 2003. She was a four-year varsity soccer player, all-state honoree at team captain during her prep career at Evansville Reitz Memorial High School.
Helliwell and her husband Sean, the men's soccer coach at Rose-Hulman, reside in Terre Haute.
Kellie McPherson will begin her second season as the graduate assistant coach for the Rose-Hulman women's soccer program in the upcoming 2014 campaign.
McPherson assisted for a squad that emerged as one of the toughest defensive units in the nation in 2013. Rose-Hulman finished third nationally with a .924 save percentage and goalkeeper Lucinda Combs set school records with a 0.57 goals against average and 11 shutouts.
McPherson came to Rose-Hulman after spending the last two seasons on the coaching staff at Northview High School in Grand Rapids, Mich. She has also served as head coach for the Plainfield Area Select Soccer Premier Team in Michigan for four years.
McPherson played two seasons of soccer at Aquinas College after playing one season of basketball at Grand Rapids Community College. Her prep career included serving as a three-year soccer team captain at Zeeland High School in Michigan.
She holds a State D Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation. She earned a bachelor's degree in sports recreation with a minor in exercise science at Aquinas. McPherson is currently pursuing a master's degree from Indiana State University.
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