Massapequa’s Kim DeCesare is taking the next step in her soccer career, joining Neil Payne’s coaching staff at Elon University in North Carolina.
With a soccer career that started on the fields of Massapequa, her resume includes her collegiate playing days at Duke University and a professional career in the NWSL with Boston Breakers and Sky Blue FC and overseas with Eskilstuna United DFF in Sweden and PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to join the Elon women’s soccer staff,” DeCesare said. “I am excited to be able to work with Neil [Payne] and Paul [Babba] and to get to know the team. I will be sure to give the women’s soccer program everything I have and bring what I’ve learned from my playing experience to help the team succeed.”
A graduate of Massapequa High School, DeCesare spent five years at Duke after being redshirted in 2009 as a freshman due to a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. In four seasons with the Blue Devils, she appeared in 93 games with 29 goals and 15 assists.
After graduating from Duke, she spent time with the Breakers and Eskilstuna United in 2014. She would return to the NWSL in 2015 and spend three seasons with Sky Blue FC before heading back to Europe to play with PSV Eindhoven.
At Elon, Payne said he is “thrilled” to add DeCesare to his coaching staff.
“It is easy to get a sense of Kim’s desire for success and her winning mentality will be the perfect fit for our culture moving forward,” he said. “She joins our program on the back of a distinguished playing career and it is clear that the dedication and standards she has expected of herself will spill over into the team. Kim has shown great enthusiasm in starting her new role here and her ambition, along with her knowledge and experience, will have a great influence on elevating the program moving forward.”
Robbie Church, who is currently Duke University women’s soccer’s head coach, expressed the impact DeCesare can make to the Phoenix program.
“This is a great hire for Elon women’s soccer,” said Church. “Kim is an extremely hard worker and everything she has done throughout her career has prepared her for this moment. She is going to be a great addition to that program. I’m excited for her and cannot wait to see what she accomplishes there and beyond.”