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COACHING STAFF

MEGAN KERNS  |  ASSISTANT COACH / CAMP COORDINATOR

Ames native Megan Kerns, a former All-American forward at Florida, returns to the Iowa State coaching staff in 2014 as an assistant coach. Kerns previously coached for the Cyclones in 2009 and 2013 as a volunteer assistant coach.

Kerns, who has coached for the Iowa Rush Soccer Club and Ames High since her previous stint with Iowa State, played just one year of high school soccer and amassed an impressive career during her time with the University of Florida soccer team from 2005-08. Kerns was a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) All-Freshman team in 2005 and continued to rack up accolades over the next four years. During her senior year, Kerns was named to the All-SEC First Team, selected as a SoccerBuzz.com third-team All-American, gained All-Southeast Regional honors and was named to the SEC All-Tournament team.

Kerns finished her career with the Gators at the NCAA Championship in the round of 16 and led the team in points (35), goals (13), game-winning goals (five) and was tied for first in assists (nine) during her senior campaign. She ended her collegiate career ranked eighth on Florida’s career points list with 62 and also garnered numerous academic accolades, including being a 2007 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar second-team selection and a NSCAA Academic All-American.

 

JASON WICHMAN  |  ASSISTANT COACH

Des Moines native Jason Wichman is in his fourth season as an assistant coach at Iowa State.  In his first season at Iowa State, Wichman helped guide the Cyclones to their first 10-win campaign since 2005. The Cyclones also tacked on seven shutouts tying for the fourth-best mark in ISU history. Wichman came to Iowa State after one year at Texas State and three years at Drake.  Wichman primarily serves as the goalkeepers coach.

Under Wichman’s leadership, the Cyclones advanced to the 2013 Big 12 soccer tournament for the first time since 2007. Wichman helped guide the Cyclones to one of the best defensive seasons in school history recording seven total shutouts and finishing fourth in the Big 12 with 93 saves. Since Wichman has taken over as an assistant coach, the Cyclones have recorded 14 total shutouts.

Wichman coached Cyclone standout goalkeeper, Maddie Jobe, for three seasons. Under Wichman’s coaching, Jobe finished her career as one of the top goalkeepers in Iowa State history, ranking first in career goalkeeper wins (29) and shutouts (21), and second in career saves (319).

Prior to ISU, Wichman helped guide Texas State to the 2011 Southland Conference tournament title, a program-record-tying 14 wins and a berth in the NCAA Championship tournament.  The 2011 Bobcats had a streak of 14 matches without allowing multiple goals and posted nine shutouts.  Texas State shutout Stephen F. Austin in the Southland Conference tournament final despite the Lumberjacks entering the match as the nation's top-ranked offense. Texas State's goalkeeper Lauren Frazier was named the Southland Conference tournament MVP.

Prior to Texas State, Wichman saw Drake have its first 10-win season in four years in 2010 and a program-record-tying nine shutouts.  Wichman coached Drake goalkeeper Kalena Litch to a program-record nine shutouts during the 2010 campaign.

Wichman has extensive experience training goalkeepers, a role he served at his stops at Texas State, Drake, Simpson College (2006-07), Waukee High School (2007-08) and Iowa City West High School (2006).

Wichman graduated from Simpson College in 2004 and has also earned his NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma and NSCAA National Diploma.

 

WHITNEY SHARPE  |  VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH

Joined the Iowa State women’s soccer program as a volunteer assistant the fall of 2014 after playing professionally for one of the biggest clubs in Europe, Ajax FC in Amsterdam, Netherlands. During her two seasons with Ajax, Sharpe became the player with the most minutes played, and helped her team to win the KNVB National Championship in 2014.

Prior to her professional career, U15-U20, Sharpe was a part of the US National Team earning titles such as NSCAA Adidas All-American in 2006 and 2007, and First-Team Parade All-American in 2008. Sharpe represented the United States in tournaments in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and domestically. Sharpe was also a part of the Region II ODP team from 2005-08 gaining both national and international experience.

Heading into college, Sharpe was ranked the No. 16 national recruit by Soccer Buzz and played her first two college seasons at UCLA under coach Jill Ellis. She helped the Bruins win the PAC 10 in 2008, and appear in back-to-back NCAA Final Four tournaments in 2008 and 2009. Sharpe spent her junior season at Texas Tech University under Tom Stone where she sustained a season ending injury, but was named to the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team and All-Big 12 Second Team. Her senior season was with Loyola Marymount University where Sharpe was the team captain and named to the Second-Team All-West Coast Conference, and West Coast Conference All-Academic Team.

In high school, Sharpe helped lead the West Des Moines Valley Tigers to four-consecutive state championship titles as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 58 goals and 36 assists. Sharpe was a three-time member of the All-State Elite Team, and two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Iowa.