Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Karley Nelson begins her second year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of New Mexico. She was an assistant at Utah Valley University in 2014, where she helped direct the team’s training sessions.
Prior to her time in Utah, Nelson was an assistant coach at Iowa Western Community College from 2011-13, where she designed and implemented the team’s training regimen. Nelson also assisted with recruiting, academics, team travel and game management for the team. Iowa Western went 33-6-1 during her two full seasons, with a No. 3 national ranking in 2012 and a No. 5 national ranking in 2011.
Nelson served as a coach at the UK International Soccer Camps in Palo Alto, Calif., in 2010 and was an assistant soccer coach at Cortez High School in Phoenix from 2008-09.
Nelson is a native of Orem, Utah.
University of New Mexico women's soccer head coach Heather Dyche has announced the hiring of Paul Maestas as the program's new assistant coach for the 2016 season.
"I am extremely excited to be a part of the UNM women's soccer program," said Maestas. "I look forward to contributing to the success and growth of these talented young women."
Maestas brings yet another local connection to the Lobos' women's soccer program. Maestas joins the team after seven seasons at Albuquerque's Eldorado High School. Maestas coached at Eldorado from 2009-16 and was named head coach of the varsity girls' soccer team prior to the 2012 state tournament.
Under Maestas, Eldorado was a girl's soccer powerhouse in New Mexico. In just his second year with the varsity team in 2013, the Eagles were ranked second in the nation by MaxPreps and won the NMAA 5A State Soccer Tournament Championship, as well as the APS Metro Tournament Championship. His team won the District 2-6A Championship in 2014 and was a 6A state tournament finalist this past year.
Maestas was recognized in 2013 as the 5A Soccer Coach of the Year and the NSCAA New Mexico Large School Coach of the Year.
Like head coach Dyche, Maestas has been an integral member of the youth soccer community in Albuquerque. He has served as a staff coach with the Olympic Development Program since 2012, where he has instructed many of the best players in the state of New Mexico.
Maestas previous coaching stops also include serving as the assistant coach at Albuquerque's Manzano HS, the head coach of the Rio Soccer Club and a staff coach at Got Fit! Soccer Camps.
Maestas is a 2007 graduate of the University of New Mexico, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with TESOL Endorsement. He has received multiple licenses and certificates at the youth and high school level, including his New Mexico Youth Soccer Association E License.
Director of Operations
Kyle Kazemi enters his first season as the Director of Operations for The University of New Mexico women's soccer program.
Kazemi spent the previous four seasons as the head boys' soccer coach at Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, Colorado. He also served as the girls' junior varsity coach at Ralston Valley for the previous five seasons.
Kazemi was also a lead coach at TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) for the Real Colorado Edge Soccer Club in Arvada from 2004-16. The program pairs youth and adult coaches with athletes with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and engages all participants in constructive competition while simultaneously developing soccer and social skills.
Kazemi played soccer at Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota) and served as team captain from 2008-10. He started regularly in a central midfield position for the then NCAA top-25 ranked Cobbers and was named to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Team in 2010.