Girls Varsity Soccer Head Coach: Kayla Gaspardis
Kayla Gaspardis came to Valley Catholic as a health and physical teacher and head girls soccer coach in the fall of 2011. She played high school soccer at Jesuit High School for four years, leading the Crusaders to two state titles and a second place, and then four years at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, an NAIA powerhouse. Kayla was team captain and star forward: in her four-year playing career she led Westmont to the Final Four once and Elite Eight twice. Kayla also was given Westmont’s Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award for excellence in academics, character, and play. Kayla coached five summers at the University of Portland summer camps and after college graduation became an assistant for the Pilot women. Kayla has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Westmont College and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Portland. She is also certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Kayla’s Valiant girls team was state runner-up in 2012 and state champion in 2013, when Kayla was named State Coach of the Year.
Assistant Girls Soccer Coach: Megan Gabourel ’04
Megan begins her second year with Valley Catholic girls soccer as an assistant coach. Her primary responsibility is working with goalkeepers. Megan played four years of soccer at Valley Catholic, earning team MVP honors her junior year. She was a four-time All-League selection and led the team in scoring her junior and senior years. Megan is currently attending Western Oregon University, majoring in psychology with a minor in human biology.
Assistant Girls Soccer Coach: Emily Keagbine ’07
Emily Keagbine began assisting the girls’ soccer team in 2011. She is also the head softball coach at Valley Catholic. Emily won 12 varsity letters at Valley Catholic, where she was a star softball, basketball, and soccer player and 2007 Athlete of the Year, when she was State Player of the Year in softball and led the Valiants to the State Championship. She was also First-Team All-League in basketball and led the Valiants to the State Championship title game. She was also an All-Conference soccer player. Emily’s career in college got even better: she was the 2011 First-Team All-American shortstop (there’s only one) and led Linfield to the softball National Championship. She was one of the nation’s best defensive players at any position and one of the nation’s top hitters—her 17 homers was fourth in the country.