There has been a slight shakeup on the staff of the Colorado women's soccer team.
Head coach Danny Sanchez announced on Tuesday the addition of Kelly Labor to his staff. Labor will replace Annie Brunner as the team's coordinator of performance analysis and camp operations. Brunner, a former CU goalie, decided to step down in order to focus on a business she owns.
"Annie Brunner has been a huge part of Colorado soccer for many years," Sanchez said. "Her performance on the soccer field and as a captain of our 2013 squad speaks for itself. She has been a vital part of our staff these last few years and she will be greatly missed. We wish her the best as she moves on to growing her business.
"I recruited Kelly out of high school many years ago and I have been watching her as she has grown from a standout player to a fantastic coach at all levels. She has a passion for soccer and is always looking for ways to improve. Kelly is the perfect fit for our program."
Labor joins a CU program that has reached the NCAA Tournament in three of the past four seasons. She spent four seasons at Colorado State as an assistant coach under former Buffs coach Bill Hempen, helping CU's former leader to start the Rams' program in 2013.
Prior to her time at Colorado State, Labor was an assistant coach at Regis University, where she was in charge of individual technical and group skill development, recruiting, fundraising, monitoring student-athlete academic progress, and captain and leadership development. She helped the Rangers to three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances from 2010 through 2012.
She has spent the past 10 years coaching club soccer for all levels and ages at Real Colorado, Las Vegas Premier, Westminster AFC, and currently with Arsenal Colorado. In 2015, she was named Arsenal Competitive Coach of the Year and was nominated for Colorado State Youth Soccer Competitive Coach of the Year.
Labor holds her NSCAA Advanced National Coaching License. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from UNLV in 2010, where she was a student-athlete for the Rebels. In 2007, she helped UNLV to a Mountain West Conference regular-season championship and she was a three-time Mountain West All-Academic honoree.
She played one year of soccer at Regis before transferring to UNLV, earning the RMAC Freshman of the Year award and first-team all-conference honors after leading the Rangers in points, assists and game-winning goals. When she returned to Regis as a coach, she earned her master's degree in 2012 in specialization in leadership development.
Brunner spent two seasons on the CU staff following a professional playing career and a year as an assistant coach for Troy. A 2013 graduate of CU, she is one of the most decorated goalkeepers in Buffs history, ranking second all-time in saves, wins, ties and shutouts. As a senior in 2013, she helped the Buffs to the NCAA Tournament third round, while serving as a team captain.
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