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Nicky Adams
Head Coach

Nicky Adams became the head women's soccer coach at Syracuse in February 2019.

Adams is the fourth head women's soccer coach at Syracuse. April Kater (1996-2003), Patrick Farmer (2004-07) and Phil Wheddon (2008-18) were her predecessors.

Adams comes from Rice University, where she was the Owls' head women's soccer coach. She joined the coaching staff as an assistant in 2003 and then was promoted to associate head coach in 2006. The Owls received NCAA Tournament invitations in 2004 and 2005, and earned the program's first national ranking in 2006.

She was appointed interim head coach for the final 13 games of 2010. Adams guided Rice to its best conference start in program history, a 5-0-1 mark. The Owls then qualified for the Conference USA Tournament for the first time since 2008. She was named Rice's permanent head coach in November 2010.

Adams coached Rice to an 87-55-23 overall record and a 57-25-11 mark in Conference USA contests. She led the Owls to Conference USA Tournament berths in each of her nine seasons at the helm and the tournament championship in 2014. Rice shared the 2012 Conference USA regular-season title and won the crown outright in 2017.

Rice received NCAA Tournament invitations in 2014 and 2017. Adams was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year following both seasons.
 
Her players have earned All-Conference USA recognition 37 times, including 18 first-team selections, during her tenure as head coach. Adams has tutored the 2017 Conference USA Goalkeeper of the Year, the 2016 league defensive player of the year, the 2012 Conference USA Freshman of the Year, two Conference USA Offensive Players of the Year twice and four conference midfielders of the year.

Before her coaching career began, Adams played on the 1997 Big 12 championship squad and Big 12 Tournament title teams in 1997 and 2001 while an undergraduate at Texas A&M. She was named the squad's offensive most valuable player and was selected first team NSCAA All-Central Region three times. In 2001, Adams earned third team NSCAA All-American recognition.
 
The 1998 Big 12 Tournament MVP, Adams was selected first team All-Big 12 a season later.
 
Adams was nominated for the Herman Award, the women's soccer version of the Heisman Trophy, in 1999 and 2001. She completed her career ranked second in career goals (57), fifth in career assists (26) and third in career points (140) at Texas A&M.
 
The Aggies reached the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight in 2001 before ending the season with a loss to Portland.
 
Adams earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2001. She was a 2002 second-round selection by the Atlanta Beat of the Women's United Soccer Association. In 2015, she was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame.

Adams and her husband, Charlie Adams, have a son named Cade Adams.




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Kelly Madsen
Assistant Coach

Kelly Madsen joined the Syracuse women's soccer staff as an assistant coach in April 2019.

Prior to coming to the Orange, Madsen worked at Rice, where she was an assistant coach under head coach Nicky Adams. She started at Rice in February 2018, assisting all areas of the program and serving as the recruiting coordinator.

She joined Rice from Stephen F. Austin University, where she worked seven seasons. Off the field, she organized the team travel and equipment, served as the program's academic coordinator and was the director of camp operations. Madsen's work helped SFA retain its status as the top women's soccer program in the Southland Conference. In her seven years with the Ladyjacks, the team won five regular season conference titles and played in the SLC Tournament Final a total of six times.

In her seven seasons at SFA, Madsen helped the Ladyjacks compile a 99-34-7 record with a host of individual honors and statistical records for the student-athletes. She was part of the 2012 coaching staff that saw SFA play in the NCAA Tournament.

Madsen served two years as an assistant coach at the University of Dubuque (Iowa) before her time at SFA. She helped lead the Spartans to their first-ever Iowa Conference Tournament title and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009. Madsen assisted in all areas of the program, specifically recruiting, scouting of opponents and daily training.

A native of Pensacola, Fla., Madsen starred as a midfielder for the University of South Alabama from 2004-2008. She was a First Team All-Sun Belt Conference honoree and was selected to the Sun Belt Tournament Team. Madsen scored 22 goals and added 20 assists over her collegiate career. After graduation, she played professionally in England for Portsmouth Women's Football Club and in the W-League for the London Gryphons (London, Ontario).

Madsen currently holds her NSCAA National Diploma and NSCAA Level III GK Diploma. She obtained her bachelor's degree in communications in 2008 and her master's degree in communications in 2011.


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Harold Warren

Assistant Coach

Harold Warren joined the Syracuse women's soccer program as an assistant coach in April 2019.

Warren previously served as the head women's soccer coach at UAB from 2011-16. After leading the Blazers to an 8-29-1 record in his first two seasons, Warren turned the program around in 2013, guiding the squad to an 11-7-2 record and reaching double-digit wins for the first time since the 2009 season.

Before arriving at UAB, Warren spent four years on the staff at USC, where he helped turn the Trojans into one of the most successful programs in the nation while working with the defense as associate head coach. In the four years Warren was on staff at USC, the Trojans earned berths in the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons while compiling a cumulative record of 61-20-10. The Trojans won their first national title in 2007, finishing with a 20-3-2 record. USC recorded 15 shutouts and allowed only 13 goals during the season.

Warren spent four seasons as an assistant at Arizona before joining USC. The Wildcats went 40-35-7 in his time on staff and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005.

Prior to taking the position at Arizona, Warren served one season as an assistant at UC Irvine in 2002. He was the assistant coach for the California Olympic Development Program's (ODP) 16-17 age group and an ODP scout for Southern California male and female talent from 2001-03.

As a player, Warren was a defender and a forward at Riverside Community College before transferring to Cal State Fullerton in 1989. He then transferred to Cal Poly Pomona, where he graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in communications in 2002.