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Clarkson names assistant coaches for women’s soccer, ski teams


POTSDAM - The Clarkson University athletic department announced the addition of three assistants to the coaching staff.



The women’s soccer program is joined by Kelsey Yam and Jeffrey Gold to the team’s coaching staff beginning in August 2013. Yam will serve as the team’s top assistant coach while Gold will function as a volunteer assistant coach with a focus on goalkeeping.

Yam, a native of Longmeadow, MA, is a recent graduate of Skidmore College with a degree in Management & Business and a minor in Mathematics. She played for four seasons with the Thoroughbreds, gaining all-conference status on three occasions, as Skidmore compiled a 38-26-9 record during her four seasons with the program, including a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (2009 and 2011). A midfielder and defender, Yam scored 15 goals and eight assists for 38 points in 73 games, including 69 starts. She was a Liberty League First-Team all-star as a sophomore and junior, gaining NSCSAA Division III All-East honors in 2011, and was chosen as a Liberty League Second-Team all-star this past season.

Yam served as an assistant coach with Black Watch Premier Soccer for the past few months and also participated in Uganda with the Soccer Without Borders program in the summer of 2012, helping to raise money for underprivileged kids worldwide while coaching soccer and teaching classes to children and young adults aged 5-to-20.

Yam replaced Rachael Sushner as the top assistant for the Golden Knights. Sushner recently completed her two-year stint with the Golden Knights and moved on to take a coaching position at Washington & Lee University.

Gold, who will primarily work as the goaltending coach, has extensive experience, having played professionally from 1975-78 in the Cosmopolitan League. He possesses an NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma and a USSF National “C” License. He has been busy as a coach at numerous levels over the past decade, serving as the assistant coach at Skidmore College from 2004-2012, working as the goalkeeping instructor for NY Coerver Academy and Mountain Soccer School. He also functioned as the head coach for Black Watch Premier U16-18 Girls from 2008 to 2012.


The cross country and nordic ski programs will be welcoming Amanda Stopa as assistant coach for the 2013-14 seasons.

Stopa, a 2009 graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in English Literature and 2013 graduate of Rutgers with an MFA in Writing, ran for both the University of Washington and University of Oregon Track & Field and Cross Country programs as an undergraduate.

Since graduating from Washington, Stopa has used her degree both in and out of athletics. While in Washington she tutored within the Student-Athlete Academic Services, working specifically with students with learning disorders, and also helped guide the Seattle Wellness Group. While working towards her master’s degree, she served as an adjunct professor at Camden Country College. Most recently, Stopa was the program manager with Literacy of Northern NY, working with students and tutors to create motivating and result-oriented learning plans.

Stopa replaces Alicia Perras as the top assistant for both the cross country and nordic ski programs. Perras finished her two-year stint as assistant coach following a successful four-year career with both sports for the Golden Knights.

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