A standout goalkeeper on the NCAA DI stage with experience in the professional ranks, Kelsey Brouwer is in her third season as an assistant coach in 2019. The former Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year recipient during a star-studded career at Middle Tennessee State, Brouwer, will work with the TTU goalkeepers among other coaching responsibilities.
In her first season with the program, junior goalkeeper Kari Naerdemann put together one of the best seasons in program history en route to her third-consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year honor. With Naerdemann in between the pipes for each and every minute during the year, the Golden Eagles set a school-record with only eight goals allowed, just five of which came in regulation, to surpass the previous program-best of13 goals surrendered in 2016. Naerdemann also established a new program low in goals against average with a 0.45 mark, a mere percentage point back of the OVC all-time record of 0.44.
Naerdemann left the Golden Eagles after her senior campaign in 2018 as the school’s all-time record holder with 35 victories in net, seven more than Carly King’s 28 nods from 2001-04. Naerdemann’s 34 career shutouts were not only the best in program history, but also set the standard for career clean sheets in the OVC. The Herne, Germany native is also the program record holder with a career 0.79 goals against average and a career .844 save percentage.
A four-year member at MTSU from 2012-15, Brouwer started each and every match from her sophomore through senior seasons for the Blue Raiders, while the Franklin, Tenn. native also stood between the pipes for nine starts as a freshman, a year in which she helped lead MTSU to a Sun Belt Conference regular season championship.
As a senior in 2015, Brouwer was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and was a first team All-Conference USA recipient, thanks to a sterling campaign in which she dented her name within the Blue Raider record books. Brouwer’s .876 save percentage was the second-best single-season mark in school history, while her 113 saves ranked fourth-highest in program history, and Brouwer’s 10 shutouts broke her own record of seven, set as a junior.
Following her remarkable run at Middle Tennessee State, Brouwer went on to play professionally, suiting up for F.C. Kansas City and in the UEFA Women’s Champions League as a member of Apollon Ladies F.C. in Limassol, Cyprus. Brouwer’s stints within the professional setting have the potential to play dividends with a group of Tech goalkeepers that includes back-to-back OVC Defensive Player of the Year, Kari Naerdemann.
Brouwer does possess coaching experience on the NCAA DI stage, serving as a volunteer assistant coach last year for Drake University, a Missouri Valley Conference member out of Des Moines, Iowa. The Bulldogs posted a 12-4-3 record in her one season with the club, highlighted by a Drake goalkeeping core that led the MVC in goals allowed, goals against average and shutouts.