Oct. 5, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech head soccer coach Kevin Sherry and assistant coach Chelsea Stewart were inducted into the Graceland University wall of fame on Saturday in Lamoni, Iowa.
The two were inducted, along with the entire 2004 Graceland women's soccer team in recognition of their outstanding season. Led by Sherry, the Yellowjackets went undefeated with a record of 18-0-5, won the program's first conference championship and reached the NAIA Tournament Final Four. Stewart was a starting defender and the team captain on the squad that was eliminated in the national semifinals on penalty kicks.
"What made it great was the fact that that program had never had a winning season and had finished last in all of its conference tournaments," Sherry said. "They had a history of struggling in soccer. Chelsea was my first ever recruit and together with that team, we transformed the soccer program there and so that is why it is such a special memory and an honor."
Sherry's team certainly set the standard for Graceland women's soccer as the Yellowjackets have since qualified for the NAIA Tournament in 2005, 2008 and 2009. After winning their first-ever Heart of America Conference title in 2004, the Yellowjackets have won it every year since.
"Sometimes things just work out," Stewart said, "we had all the right players, the right coach and the right environment to be successful and that's how things worked out that year. It was an honor to be recognized for all the hard work we put in. It was good to see the whole team again and to relive the memories."