Kelly Shimmin is in her first season as USJ soccer coach.
Shimmin, a native of Merseyside, United Kingdom, spent the past seven years as the Associate Head Coach at the University of Hartford. Her responsibilities there included practice and game-day preparations, travel arrangements and assisting with the recruiting process. She was part of the staff that earned back-to-back America East Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
Prior to coaching at Hartford, Shimmin’s coaching experience included stints with the Connecticut Football Club U15 and U13 Girls Premier teams and a year at Central Connecticut State University as a graduate assistant coach for the women’s soccer team. She has also coached professional teams in England and Iceland.
Shimmin enjoyed an illustrious playing career at Central Connecticut, where she graduated in 2004 and went on to earn a master’s degree in 2007. She led the team to three consecutive Northeast Conference titles as a player and another as a graduate assistant coach. A two-time NEC Player of the Year (2002, 2003), she ranks second in school history in scoring with 40 goals and 28 assists for 108 points in 72 games. Shimmin also raked in honors from the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association (First Team All-Northeast), the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (First Team All-Northeast), and Soccer Buzz (Honorable Mention All-American).
In 2003, Shimmin finished third in the nation in assists per game and 25th in points per game while setting a school record with 16 assists. She also scored the game-winning goal in Central Connecticut’s first-ever NCAA Championship victory, a 1-0 win over Boston College. Prior to her collegiate career, Shimmin played for the Everton Ladies Football Club of the Premier League. She also represented England as a member of both the U19 and the full national teams and played in Iceland.
Shimmin was inducted into the NEC Hall of Fame in 2015. She is married and resides in Willington.
Coach Gildea is in her ninth season as LeGates' assistant coach.
As a player, Gildea was a two-time All-GNAC pick in 2004 and 2005 at Saint Joseph after transferring from Central Conn. She had 13 goals and 11 assists in 2004 and followed that with 13 goals and 12 assists in 2005. Her assist total from 2005 is a single-season school record and her two 13-goal seasons are tied for third most in school history.
Gildea works as an Emergency Room nurse at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. She is a native of Enfield.