Stetson University Director of Athletics Jeff Altier announced Manoj Khettry as the new head coach of the Stetson women’s soccer team on Wednesday, becoming just the third person in program history to helm the Hatters.
“I'd like to thank Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operation/SWA Alicia Queally, Athletic Director Jeff Altier and the search committee for offering me such a tremendous opportunity to be the next head women's soccer coach at Stetson, and for having faith in me to lead the program,” Khettry said after accepting the position.
“From the moment I began learning about Stetson, I knew it was a special place,” Khettry continued. “But after meeting with Dr. Wendy Libby and Athletic Director Jeff Altier, I was so impressed with their vision for the future of Stetson and Stetson Athletics, that I knew I wanted to be a part of what they are creating.”
Khettry comes to DeLand with a wealth of experience, most recently holding the position of Head Women’s Soccer Coach at St. Bonaventure in New York. He coached the Bonnies for seven seasons, leading the team to five straight Atlantic 10 Tournaments from 2008 to 2012. St. Bonaventure was one of only three A-10 schools to qualify for the Atlantic 10 Tournament from 2008-2012 (Dayton and Charlotte being the other two). Named the A-10 Coach of the Year in 2008, Khettry also led St. Bonaventure to its first conference semifinals in 2010.
“I'd also like to thank St. Bonaventure Athletic Director Steve Watson, Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations Steve Campbell and the many wonderful people and players who represented St. Bonaventure,” Khettry said. “Without them, the successes we achieved would never have happened.”
“I am so happy to have Manoj join our staff,” Altier said. “He comes to us with a tremendous amount of head coaching experience, successful head coaching experience, especially at a resource challenged institution. He’s going to come into Stetson with more resources available to him than he has had in the past. I have full confidence that he’s going to take our program to heights that we have never reached before.”
Khettry’s Bonnies also excelled in the classroom during his tenure. St. Bonaventure qualified for the NSCAA Team Academic Award six years in a row from 2007 to 2012. Twice during that time the Bonnies were in the Top 10 overall (2007-08: Top 5, 2008-09: Top 10). His players also earned a multitude of honors on the pitch, as the Bonnies had a First Team All-Conference selection five straight years, from 2008 to 2012.
Prior to taking over the reins at St. Bonaventure, Khettry held assistant coaching positions at the University of Dayton and the University of Missouri (2001-2003). He was with the Flyers from 2003 to 2006 as the team’s top assistant. Responsible for recruiting, team training, goalkeeper training, scouting reports and video, Dayton won the A-10 regular season championship and tournament championship, and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament twice while Khettry was aboard (2003, 2004).
Khettry’s first job in college coaching was as a graduate assistant at Miami of Ohio from 1991-94. From there, Khettry went on to become the Director of Coaching of the Cincinnati Classics from 1994-1998. There he was responsible for hiring coaches for more than 30 teams, creating a club-wide training curriculum and overseeing the administration of the club.
Khettry then became the assistant coach at California. He worked with the Golden Bears for one season, before moving on to work with adidas America as the US Youth Soccer/NSCAA Promotions Manager from 1999-2001. From 2005 to 2007, Khettry also spent time as an assistant coach for Region 2 (‘86/’87 age group, ’91 age group). Khettry has been involved with Region 1 as a staff coach since 2006.
A former National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American, and three-time NSCAA All-Region honoree while playing at Earlham College in Indiana, Khettry graduated from the college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988. He also holds a Master of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from Miami University of Ohio. Khettry received his “A” License from US Soccer in January 1995 and holds the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, which he received in January 1994.
“Stetson has a wonderful academic reputation, a beautiful campus, a first-class facility and wonderful resources and support,” Khettry concluded. “I am excited about what we can achieve in the future years and I am excited to begin to get to know the players and get to work. I see tremendous potential for the program and hopefully we can pursue excellence and achievement, and make them part of the culture and fabric of the program for years to come. I'm excited to become a Hatter!”