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Kelly Raddar hired as Point Park University women’s soccer head coach

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From Point Park University release

Point Park University has hired Kelly Raddar as women’s soccer head coach. Raddar began immediately with the start of preseason training on Monday, Aug. 8.

Raddar (pronounced radar) has coached on the collegiate level for 13 years, which includes 10 years as a college head coach. His most-recent job was as head women’s soccer coach at St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) University in Brooklyn, N.Y., since 2020.

Raddar replaces John Newbery, who was the Pioneers head coach the last two season but was hired by Milligan (Tenn.) University on June 22.

“We are very happy to bring on Kelly Raddar as women’s soccer head coach,” said John Ashaolu, Point Park Director of Athletics. “As the next leader of the program, we look forward to him continuing the upward trajectory of Point Park University women’s soccer.

“Kelly has many years of experience on the collegiate level, which stood out in the hiring process. He is experienced in leading programs, recruiting and developing student-athletes. He is also well-versed in the technical and tactical aspects of the game.”

“I am super excited for the opportunity to work with and be a part of the Point Park University family — a family of such a stellar group of people, coaches, student-athletes and staff,” said Raddar. “My heartfelt thanks to Director of Athletics John Ashaolu and the entire search committee for putting their trust in me to lead this program moving forward. 

“I strongly believe that with the quality of the academics that the university offers, coupled with the campus’ location, the beautiful facility and the caliber of students that the university attracts, we can continue to make huge strides and affirm a tradition of excellence, which we will continue to grow and build into a stronger culture of winning and success within the women’s soccer program and in athletics as a whole. I am looking forward to both the opportunity and the challenge.”

Raddar was hired as women’s soccer head coach at St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) in 2020 and coached the team during the 2021 season. Before that, he was the head coach at Portland Community College in Portland, Ore., for three seasons from 2017-20. There he led the squad to its first-ever winning season and playoff appearance in his first year.

He was an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Northern Michigan from 2006-17. In his one season there, he helped the program to the GLIAC playoffs.

Raddar was the head women’s soccer coach at Treasure Valley College in Ontario, Ore., for three years from 2013-16. The program posted winning seasons and playoff appearance in 2014 and 2015. His tenure there also included coaching the men’s team for one season, which resulted in a winning record.

From 2010-13, Raddar was the head coach at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Mass., for three seasons. That included a 16-4 record and regional finals appearance in 2011 and a 20-2 record and a state championship game appearance in 2012.

Raddar got started on the college level as associate head coach at Middle Georgia State from 2009-10. Before that, he worked for several years on the academy, ODP and high school level. Raddar holds a USSF Class D coaching license.

The first game of the 2022 season for Point Park women’s soccer is Aug. 20 at Madonna (Mich.).

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