Pending Board of Education approval on Monday night, Kelli Kinkaid has been named the new high school girls soccer coach for the 2021-2022 school year.
Kinkaid is a 1996 graduate of Ponca City High School. She played soccer starting with rec soccer at the age of five and continued playing competitive/traveling U12-U19 under the tutelage of her father David, who coached her all the way through. David not only started the high school girls soccer program, but he was also the head coach for several years in the early 1980s.
Kinkaid played varsity soccer from ninth through 12th grade and was a varsity cheerleader. She was a part of the soccer teams making the playoffs in 1993 and 1996. She continued her soccer career while attending Oklahoma City University.
Kinkaid and her mom started an autism support group I 2009. This eventually led to the opening of the non-profit organization, Positive Impact of Northern Oklahoma. This brought services to children in the area with special needs, along with educational programs and group activities.
These programs needed fundraising, which is when Carter’s Run was started in 2010. “The money raised every year was donated to Autism Speaks or The Organization for Autism Research,” said Kinkaid. “I ran seven marathons for the charities, including the Boston Marathon. Fundraising was what supported these groups.”
She also ran the yearly fireworks stand and the Hero’s for Autism Auction.
Coach Kinkaid has a son, Carter, who is a junior at Po-Hi. She has been serving the community as a firefighter/EMT for the Ponca City Fire Department. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to coach the Lady Cats. “I am looking forward to mentoring the girls and helping them have a great season,” she said.