Yam Named Hofstra WSOC Assistant Coach

Yam, Hofstra, Kelsey Yam
Kelsey Yam. Photo: Hofstra Univ.

There will be another new face on the Hofstra Soccer Stadium touchline this fall as Kelsey Yam has been named an assistant coach for the Hofstra women’s soccer team.

A native of Longmeadow, Mass., Yam joins head coach Simon Riddiough’s staff from Clarkson University. She was the head coach of the Golden Knights women’s soccer team for the past three seasons.

Yam is the second addition to Riddiough’s staff. In early March, Hofstra announced that Gerry Lucey was returning to the women’s soccer team as an associate head coach.

During her second season at Clarkson in 2017, the team advanced to the Liberty League tournament for the first time in program history. That same season, Yam was named the Liberty League Coach of the Year.

During her tenure at Clarkson, Yam played a key role in Camryn Careccia becoming the school’s first women’s soccer player since 1995 to earn All-Region honors. In addition, she had student-athletes named to the Liberty League Academic All-Conference team a combined 33 times.

Prior to taking over at Clarkson in May 2016, Yam was as an assistant coach at Vassar College. There, she helped the Brewers to the team’s second Liberty League Tournament appearance in five years.

A graduate of Skidmore College, she earned a degree in Management & Business and a minor in Mathematics in 2013 prior to earning her MBA from Clarkson in May 2015.

She played for four seasons at Skidmore and was named all-conference three times while leading the Thoroughbreds to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (2009 and 2011). Yam was a Liberty League First-Team all-star as a sophomore and junior, gaining NSCAA Division III All-East honors in 2011 and was chosen as a Liberty League Second-Team all-star in 2012.

After graduation, Yam competed semi-professionally for the Albany Alleycats SC and Seacoast United Premier SC, both part of the Women’s Soccer Premier League.