A veteran of the Charlotte women’s soccer staff, Kim Cardelle is back for her fourth year with the program in 2016 as an assistant coach. Her presence was felt immediately, as the 49ers captured the Conference USA East Division in her first season in 2013.
Last year, with her defensive tactics being a strong suit, the program held six league opponents to a goal or less, including the final three games. Charlotte also added a shutout road win in non-conference play against Winthrop.
Cardelle helped the Niners secure six shutouts in 2014, including clean sheets in four home games. The 49ers allowed a goal or less in 11 matches, including six against Conference USA foes.
Cardelle’s work with the Charlotte defense helped the unit hold opponents to only five goals during the second half of games during her first season. Overall, the Niners tallied eight shutouts during the campaign with one-half of those coming against league competition.
“We are delighted to get her on board,” head coach John Cullen said at the time of her hiring. “We were able to bring her in at the start of our spring season [in 2013]. She was able to see us play every game and get a good comfort level with our players.”
Cardelle, a Phoenix native, joined the 49ers after spending three seasons as an assistant at her alma mater, Catawba, in Salisbury, North Carolina. With the Indians program in that capacity, she was a member of the staff under Cullen during the 2007 and 2008 campaigns and then stayed on board for head coach Chad Miller’s one season. Catawba posted a combined 43-14-7 mark during those three years, participating in the 2008 NCAA Division II Region Tournament.
She coordinated match information and preparation, planned, organized and conducted practice sessions and provided input on player evaluation and team operations during her tenure in addition to a variety of other duties.
Cardelle also served as the Director of Fitness Assessment and Training at the college for just over two years, enhancing a personal training program for over 50 people that continues to grow.
While still in college, she took on a dual role as the head girls’ soccer coach at Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. Her three-year experience included the coordination of home game match preparation and field maintenance, monitoring the academic performance of student-athletes and working closing with the school’s athletic department and conference staffs.
She also has had extensive experience on the club scene for a number of years, serving as the assistant ECNL director for Charlotte Soccer Academy in April 2015 and also served as a U15 head coach with the FC Carolina Alliance program.
“I’ve known John for a long time and when the opportunity came to join this staff, I jumped at it,” Cardelle said when she was hired. “This is a great program. I’ve enjoyed working with John. I think we are going to work well together and balance each other out. We have a good chemistry going.”
As an Indian student-athlete, she was recruited to Catawba by Cullen and went on to earn 2006 All-South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Second Team honors. The team posted a combined 60-14-9 mark during her four seasons from 2003 through 2006, including a SAC title in 2005 following a 16-4-1 campaign. It was the second-straight season in which the program earned a trip to the NCAA Division II Region Tournament, after it completed the best record in school history at 16-2-3 in 2004.
Cardelle’s collegiate career started with an early highlight, as she assisted on a goal in her first match during a road win at Barton.
At the conclusion of her collegiate career, Cardelle signed with the Carolina RailHawks of the USL W-League for the 2008 campaign. The semi-pro franchise was based in Cary and it played at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Cardelle owns a US Soccer Federation National “D” License. She graduated from Catawba in May 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in communication, adding a business minor to her diploma.
The former Kim Crowley was married in late May 2016 to Frankie Cardelle.