Women's Soccer Coaching Staff

Kelsy Ross

Head Coach

Phone: (207) 786-8398 | E-mail: [email protected]

Kelsy Ross was chosen 2015 NESCAC Coach of the Year in her fifth season as head coach of women's soccer at Bates College. Ross guided the Bobcats to their best record in league play since 2005, turning in a mark of 4-3-3 to finish the regular season in fifth place in the conference. As a result, Bates made its first NESCAC postseason appearance since 2010 and its second appearance in nine seasons. The Bobcats finished the season at 7-6-3 overall, registering their best winning percentage since 2006.

Ross is a graduate of the 2018 NCAA Women Coaches Academy class #44 that was held in Denver, CO. The NCAA Women Coaches Academy, hosted in partnership between the Alliance of Women Coaches and the NCAA, is a 4-day educational training available to NCAA coaches of all experience levels, and is designed for women coaches who are ready to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success.

In 2014, Ross led the Bobcats to their most wins since 2006, as the team won six of its first eight games, including two overtime victories against in-conference NESCAC opponents Trinity and Wesleyan.

Ross has guided the team to an increased tactical and formational flexibility during her time as the program’s leader. The Bobcats have demonstrated a renewed commitment under her guidance, and the team has made a number of internal developments.

In 2011, Ross helped develop back Elizabeth “Bud” Arens ’13 and goalkeeper Annie Burns ’12 into Second Team All-NESCAC level players.

She earned her NSCAA Advanced Coaching License in June of 2013 after gaining an NSCAA National Coaching License in June of 2012. In 2015, Ross completed the NSCAA Level One Goal Keeper Diploma for Team Coaches as well.

With her coaching savvy, drive and enthusiasm, Ross made an immediately strong and positive impact on the team in the 2010 season, assisting former head coach Jim Murphy in his final season of leading the team. Under Murphy and Ross, the Bobcats finished the season 6-8-2 overall and made it to the semifinals of the NESCAC Women’s Soccer Championship for the first time since 2006. The team upset No. 1-seeded Tufts in the quarterfinals of the tournament marking the first time that a No. 8 seed had defeated a No. 1 seed in the NESCAC women’s soccer tournament.

A graduate of Greely High School in nearby Cumberland, Maine, Ross played varsity soccer and basketball at Roanoke College in Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a concentration in communications in 2005. She held various coaching and athletic administration positions at Greely, Cape Elizabeth and Falmouth high schools while working towards her master’s degree in physical education from Springfield College. At Springfield, Ross worked as a graduate assistant in the athletic department and was head coach of the Pride’s junior varsity women’s soccer team, which finished as the runner-up for the NEWMAC conference championship in 2009.

In the spring of 2015, Ross coached the 98/99 Girls Maine Olympic Development (ODP) team. Ross also served as assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at Bates in the 2010-11 season, helping Murphy coach the Bobcats to a 17-8 record, their finest since 2006.

Amanda Hamilton

Assistant Coach

Phone: (207) 755-5952

Email: [email protected]

A graduate of St. Lawrence University, 2017 marks Amanda Hamilton's second year on the Bates coaching staff. She played four years of varsity soccer at St. Lawrence and was part of program that saw its first NCAA championships appearance since 1989 as well as two consecutive Liberty League finals appearances. 

"Hammy's ability to navigate the coaching scene so quickly after her own collegiate experience has been impressive," head coach Kelsy Ross said. "While overseeing the technical development of our players, she has brought an irreplaceable energy to our training sessions, that carries through to game day."

Hamilton also coaches with the Seacoast Girls' Soccer Clubs Junior Academy Program

Hamilton earned All-Academic Liberty League honors all four years at St. Lawrence and interned with the SLU department of athletics in a variety of roles.

Hamilton was a coerver coach for four years with the Lake Placid Soccer Centre working with internationally renowned players and coaches. She was an assistant and a head club coach for U12, U14 & U16 Girls FC Freeze teams out of Canton, N.Y. She also has experience working with recruiting camps at St. Lawrence and Dartmouth.

Seb D'Appolonia

Assistant Coach

Seb is entering his first year as a member of the Bates coaching staff.  He has been around the game of soccer for over 30 years - as a player, a referee, a coach and in administrative roles.
"I am excited to join the Bates Women’s Soccer Staff and to have the opportunity to work with such a motivated group of talented, and driven, young women," said D'Appolonia.
"We are thrilled to have someone with Seb's experience and enthusiasm join our staff," head coach Kelsy Ross said. "He understands the game from a variety of perspectives and has already started raising the bar for our entire group of young women."
Seb grew up playing soccer in Pittsburgh, Pa. and went on to play college soccer at The University of Maine where he was the starting goalkeeper for three years and the captain of the team his junior and senior years. 
Since graduating from college, Seb has stayed active in the game – serving as a referee, serving as a youth coach, helping with the High School programs in the towns in which he has lived, and coaching at the club level for several different clubs in both Maryland and Maine. He has also served on multiple Youth Soccer Association Boards.  
Seb holds a USSF D License and, with his goalkeeping background, will be working closely with the goalkeepers throughout the season.