Park – Gilbert hires Harmon from ASU as the head coach for women’s soccer
VSN (admin) Published Friday, June 17, 2022 – 3:00 p.m
Gilbert Park University Athletics Director Jeff Fore has announced the hiring of Arizona State University goaltending coach Kali Harmon as the fourth women’s soccer head coach in the program’s history. Harmon was a finalist for the position last year, but disregarded her name. Harmon replaces Jack Hartley, who left to become an assistant coach in Division I Southeast Louisiana.
“I am delighted to have Kali Harmon leading our women’s football program,” said Fore. “She has a strong pedigree in student athlete development, not just on the field but in the classroom and in life. We are fortunate that she leads our program.”
Harmon has been Arizona State’s goaltender coach for the past two seasons. Harmon helped with the daily planning sessions, recruitment and goaltending program development. She also conducted match day analysis, including video analysis and opponent scouting reports.
Under Harmon’s tutelage, Sun Devil’s net minders averaged .89 goals in 2020 with five shutouts. In 2021, they had a 1.59 GAA with three clean sheets, while ASU had 19 wins, four draws, and a .568 winning percentage over those two seasons.
Harmon has also served as an assistant coach at all levels, including in southern Utah where she worked with Jonas Tanzer, the men’s head coach at Park Gilbert, Benedictine University, Mesa Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Mesa High School and the Arizona Olympic Development Program.
For seven years, Harmon was the goaltender at Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club, where she promoted over 20 goaltenders at all levels of college soccer. She developed the goalie program that was on par with the top ECNL and DA clubs in the nation. She also developed the first goaltender-specific strength and conditioning program in the state of Arizona. In addition, she also ran a curriculum for goalkeepers aged 8-18.
Harmon, who holds a USSF D license, is also the owner, operator and goaltender at Advantage Goalkeeping in Gilbert, Arizona. For the past four years, Harmon has created a platform for youth goalkeepers to train at the same level regardless of club affiliation or demographic.
“I am very grateful to have the opportunity to lead Park University’s women’s soccer program,” said Harmon. “I look forward to working with our student-athletes and fostering a culture of excellence on and off the pitch. I am honored to be able to pick up where Coach Hartley left off and grateful for all the hard work he has put into creating the foundation for Park women’s football to grow and build upon.”
Park – Gilbert (AZ) California Pacific Conference of Soccer Women’s Staff