Hillary Carter: Head Coach – Varsity

The 2018 season will be Hillary Carter’s first as Varsity Head Coach, after serving as Varsity Assistant for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, where she helped lead the Pattys to a Regional Championship and Division I Final 4 berth in 2017, and District Championship and Sweet 16 appearance in 2016 . Prior to her arrival at Liberty, Hillary served as the assistant coach at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., from 2009-2011.  During that time, she helped guide the women’s soccer team to the first conference tournament appearance in school history.  Hillary was a three- year starter for the Quakers during her playing days, ending her career in 2009 as Earlham’s all-time leading scorer.  She was also a member of the EC football team, serving as a placekicker for the 2008 season.  Hailing from Liberty Township (Cincinnati Area), Ohio, Hillary was an All-Ohio performer for Lakota East High school where and was elected to their Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017. 

Kristen DeWees: Varsity Assistant Coach

Kristen is in her second year at OLHS, having joined the program in 2017 as JVA Head Coach. Coach DeWees led the JVA team to a 10-4-2 record, including wins in the final six games of the season.  She joins the Patty s after serving as the Recruiting Coordinator & Goalkeeper coach at Ohio Northern University. ONU is also where Kristen played her college career as a Goalkeeper, helping her team to their first NCAA appearance in program history and earning NSCAA All-Region honors. While at Northern, she was also a two-year member of the swimming & diving team. Kristen graduated from Bay High School, in Bay Village, Ohio and is in pursuit of a second degree BSN at Mount Carmel College of Nursing.

Jim Waters: Volunteer Goalkeeper Trainer/Assistant Coach (Part Time)

In  2018, Jim enters his 7th year working with the program, this year as a volunteer and again on a part time basis. From 2012-2015, Jim served as a Volunteer GK Trainer for the Liberty Girls program. In 2016 and 2017, Jim formally joined the coaching staff to continue working with the goalkeepers on all three teams and assist with the Varsity squad. Jim holds a “USSF National D License” and NSCAA Goalkeeper Diploma, along with broad coaching experience after his playing career at Ohio State.


Melinda Stemen: Head Coach – JVA

Melinda joins the Liberty Girls Soccer program in 2018 and will lead the Junior Varsity (JVA) team.  She is from from Westerville and attended and played varsity soccer all four years for St. Francis DeSales High School, graduating in 2011 and being named 2nd Team-All Ohio her senior season for Division I.

She went on to attend Otterbein University from 2011 to 2015 where she played Varsity all four years for the Cardinals. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Communications with minors in Psychology and Religious Studies. After college she attended the American Institute of Alternative Medicine and obtained her license in Massage Therapy.  She believes that “Failure is important, but lets get most of it out in practice.”

Allison Ruman: Head Coach – JVB

Allison joins the Liberty Girls Soccer program in 2018 and will lead the Junior Varsity Blue (JVB) team. She is a native of Westerville and graduate of Westerville Central High School, playing for both the Warhawks and Freedom Soccer Club.  She is a graduate of Wittenberg University where she earned her degree in Early Childhood and Special Education, while playing soccer all four years for the Tigers.

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