Kelly Tarrant completed her first season as an assistant coach with the Ladyjack soccer program in 2011, perhaps the most successful campaign in SFA history.
The Ladyjacks won the Southland Conference regular season title with a 15-3-1 (9-0) record and finished the season with a program-best ranking of 45 in the RPI.
Tarrant helped oversee play both on the field and in the classroom, where a conference-leading five Ladyjacks were selected to first-team academic all-conference, including the Southland Conference Student Athlete of the Year, Kylie Louw.
Louw excelled both on the field and in academics and her 4.0 GPA was rewarded by being name a Second-Team Scholar All-American.
For a second-straight season the Ladyjacks also earned a spot on the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
Tarrant came to SFA following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at The University of Dubuqe, in Dubuque, Iowa. During her time at UD she helped lead the Spartans to their first ever Iowa Conference Tournament Title and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009. Tarrant assisted in all areas of the program, specifically recruiting, scouting of opponents and on the field training.
As a player Tarrant starred as a midfielder for The University of South Alabama from 2004-2008 where she was a First-Team All-Conference player and was selected to the Sunbelt Tournament First-Team. Tarrant scored 22 goals and added 20 assists over her collegiate career. After graduation Tarrant played in England for Portsmouth Women's Football Club and in the W-League for the London Gryphons (London, Ontario).
Tarrant currently holds her NSCAA National Diploma and NSCAA Level III GK Diploma.
Tarrant is a native of Pensacola, Florida. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Communications in 2008 and her Masters degree in Communications in 2011.