Chelsea Small
Position: Volunteer Assistant
Hometown: Solana Beach, Calif.
High School: Torrey Pines H.S.
Experience: 1 Year
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Small enters her second season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Vandals. Prio to joining the staff in 2013, Small played her way into the Idaho soccer record books. 

2011 NSCAA Third-Team All-West Region, 2010 NSCAA Second-Team All-West Region, 2011 Presason WAC Offensive Player of the Year, 2010 WAC Offensive Player of the Year, 2009 WAC Freshman of the Year, three-time First-Team All-WAC, three-time WAC Offensive Player of the Week, 2010 Governor's Cup All-Tournament Team, 2010 Redhawk Invitational All-Tournament Team, 2009 Governor's Cup All-Tournament Team, 2010 ESPN the Magazine Second-Team Academic All-America, 2010 ESPN the Magazing First-Team Academic All-District, 2011 First-Team NSCAA Scholar All-West Region, three-time WAC All-Academic

2011: Small was a First-Team All-WAC selection for a third year in a row – an unprecedented accomplishment in Idaho history … was voted Third-Team All-West Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America … started all 22 games for Idaho and led the team with 10 goals and 24 points on the season … netted two game-winners for Idaho in 2011, including the deciding shot in the 3-2 win over North Dakota State on Sept. 11 and the winner in Idaho’s 1-0 victory at Louisiana Tech … became Idaho’s all-time leader in goals (31), points (74), shots (313) and game-winners (12) during the season … was named WAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches … tallied her seventh career multi-goal game when she scored a pair in the 3-2 win over North Dakota State … scored a goal in three consecutive games from Aug. 28 to Sept. 4 … also added four assists during the season to run her career total up to 12, which ranks third all-time at Idaho … earned the team’s Golden Boot Award as the leading scorer … was voted NSCAA First-Team Scholar All-West Region and was a Fall WAC All-Academic honoree.

2010: Small picked up right where she left off as a true freshman. She was named WAC Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-WAC and NSCAA Second-Team All-Region, and was a CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-District and Second-Team Academic All-America honoree. She broke Idaho single-season school records for goals (13), points (30), shots (121) and game-winners (8). She also tied the Western Athletic Conference record for shots attempted in conference matches (58). With nine career game-winning goals, she also now holds that Idaho school record. She was twice honored as the WAC Offensive Player of the Week and also earned All-Tournament Team mention at the Redhawk Invitational and Governor's Cup. She set an Idaho record with game-winning goals in four consecutive games between Sep. 28 and Oct. 10. She had four multi-goal games, and one multi-assist game. She had four assists, two of which led to game-winning goals at South Dakota and CSU Bakersfield. She was voted co-Players' Player of the Year, along with midfielder Amber Pimley, by her teammates and Player of the Game five times during the season.

2009: Small was honored as the WAC Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-WAC selection after leading the conference in shots (101) and shots per game (5.32). She tied an Idaho freshman record with 20 points after scoring eight goals and passing out four assists. In addition to leading the WAC, Small's 101 shots are also an Idaho single-season record. She started all 19 games for Idaho as a true freshman. Her eight goals ranked 25th among NCAA freshmen and led all WAC first-year players. She was the only freshman honored with first-team all-WAC accolades and is the first player in Idaho history to be so honored. She had her first career multi-goal game in the 3-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sep. 13, then repeated the feat with a pair of scores in Idaho's 3-1 win over Boise State on Oct. 18. She earned her first career game-winner on Aug. 30 in the 3-1 win over Utah Valley University. She earned Governor's Cup All-Tournament Team honors after helping lead Idaho to its first Governor's Cup title since 1998. She earned WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts.

High School/Club: Small helped lead the Torrey Pines High School Falcons to three consecutive CIF San Diego Section Division 1 championships from 2006-08. During her freshman and sophomore seasons, the Falcons were undefeated, with a combined overall record of 45-0-6. She had her best statistical season as a freshman, when she scored 12 goals and had seven assists. She led the team in assists as a senior, with eight. In all, she scored 20 goals and had 15 assists in her first three years with the program. At the club level, Small competed with the San Diego Surf, which she helped earn a finals spot at the 2008 Surf Cup. She earned Most Valuable Player honors at the 2006 Chivas Cup after leading the Surf to the team title. She was also a participant in the Olympic Development Program and was a national finalist and Region IV champion in 2007 with the SoCal ODP program.

Personal: She is the daughter of Donna and Joel Small. She has one brother, Zach. Her major at Idaho is Math.

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