The youngest of six children, Kassey Kallman has followed in four of her older siblings’ steps by recently finishing her Division I soccer career.
The Woodbury, Minn. native, who has spent the last four years of her life living in Florida, has been a bright spark for the Florida State Seminoles, guiding the team to success, year after year.
Prior to working under Seminole coach Mark Krikorian, Kallman was a standout at Woodbury High School, where she led the team to two Minnesota state championships during her freshman and junior years.
Kallman’s other high school accolades include All-Conference honors as a junior and senior, All-State honors as a senior, and a 2009 NSCAA/adidas High School All-American award.
In the summer of 2010, Kallman swapped the Midwest for the Floridian capital of Tallahassee, opting to continue her career at Florida State.
During her freshman season, when the team finished the season 16-6-1, Kallman was the only true freshman to start every regular season game. From the back line, Kallman took 13 shots and found the goal during three of those times.
“She’s a perfectionist,” Krikorian says about Kallman. “When she came in, her individual defending was outstanding.”
Kallman’s defending improved even more during her sophomore season as the Seminoles finished up a 26 game campaign (with Kallman starting all 26 games) at 18-7-1.
The center back also caught the eye of Steve Swanson, former head coach of the United States Under-20 women’s national team, and after Kallman’s sophomore season at FSU, he decided to name her to his 21-player FIFA Under-20 World Cup roster.
Of the six matches for the championship-winning team, Kallman saw time in three games and earned two starts.
While over in Japan, the defender missed the first six matches of her junior season with the Seminoles. The team managed to go 6-0 during Kallman’s absence, scoring 12 goals and only allowing three.
The team managed to extend its winning streak to 14 games during the 2012 season before falling to Boston College in a 3-2 away loss.
Finishing the season as 20-4-0, the Seminoles suffered a 2-1 College Cup semifinal loss against Penn State University, ending the season quicker than planned.
Just one year later, the Seminoles entered the College Cup tournament at 18-1-3. Powering through the competition, the team made it to a second-ever title appearance, facing off against UCLA.
Like Florida State, UCLA came into the final without a single College Cup title. And in the first title game decided by an overtime goal since 2002, the Bruins defeated the Seminoles with a 97th minute goal.
“Going through the season and being successful has been great, but this is our third year back and we’re not satisfied with losing the championship,” Kallman told reporters after the match ended.
Kallman’s next hope of a championship win lies within the National Women’s Soccer League, where the center back is considered one of the best defenders in the 2014 senior class.