Kelly Tarrant enters her fourth season as an assistant coach with Stephen F. Austin Soccer program in 2014, primarily working with the midfield and forward units. Tarrant's main responsibilities off the field include organizing team travel, equipment and serving as director of camp operations, in addition to assisting with all day-day aspects of the program.
In 2013, Tarrant was part of the Ladyjack coaching staff that won the Southland Conference regular season title for the third consecutive season and posted an overall record of 16-3-3 including a 4-0 home victory of SEC opponent LSU on Sept. 13 2013.
Tarrant also serves as the team's academic coordinator and for a third-straight season the Ladyjacks also earned a spot on the NSCAA Team Academic Award, posting a team GPA of 3.37.
Tarrant came to SFA following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at The University of Dubuque, in Dubuque, Ia. 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 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.
Tarrant resides in Nacogdoches with her husband Patrick Madsen. The two wed in May of 2014.