KURT KELLEY was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but he was first
introduced to the game of soccer in Costa Rica by his grandfather,
Don Jorge Pacheco, who was quite a player himself during his own
As a child, Kurt visited Costa Rica often, and
it was there that he played street soccer with his cousins, uncles,
and grandfather. According to Don Jorge, Kurt’s first steps
as a toddler were straight to a soccer ball which he picked it
up and punted it ! Also Don Jorge used to take Kurt down to the
Plaza Central in San Jose, Costa Rica to see all the old guys
who were just having fun juggling tennis balls off their heads,
knees, and feet hundreds and hundreds of times non stop.
Kurt began playing soccer in Costa Rica and as
a matter of fact at the age of four (back in 1974) he told his
mom that he was going to be a professional soccer player when
he grew up. Before he was the age of six years old, thanks to
Don Jorge, he could also head juggle and foot juggle with tennis
balls. "How many American kids could do that back in 1976?"
his grandfather would often proudly say.
KURT played in youth soccer leagues in both Costa
Rica and the United States. In New York he played in the Cosmopolitan
Junior Soccer League (CJSL) for both Blue-White Gottsche and the
German Hungarian Soccer Clubs.
At the age of 17 years old he began his professional
career playing soccer in Costa Rica's 2nd Division where he was
the least scored on goalkeeper. Because Kurt had dual citizenship,
he was invited to join the U-18 Costa Rican National Team. At
the age of 18 Kurt made his debut in Costa Rica's prestigious
1st Division where he played for Deportivo Saprissa, not only
one of Latin America’s but also CONCACAF'S most prestigious
club teams. He played in Costa Rica's 1st division for nine seasons
where he won 2 National Championships, 1 CONCACAF Championship,
was goalkeeper of the week numerous times and was considered one
of the best goalkeepers in CONCACAF. He was also invited to participate
in South Korea's professional league, but in 1999, after many
years of playing professional soccer abroad, he retired as a result
of re-occurring injuries. During that time he returned to the
United States, and he stilled played professional soccer in both
the MLS and USL before pursuing his interests in the development
of youth soccer players.
Kurt is a professional soccer trainer and provides
training at KK ATHLETICS INDOOR SPORTS for both field players,
goalkeepers, and club teams. For Eastern New York ODP he is both
a Head Coach and a Goalkeeping Coach. At the club level, he coaches
teams in both Region 1 Premier and North Eastern Regional Premier.
From time to time Kurt, because of his very rigorous and many
soccer training programs for individual or team play, he has also
assisted college soccer coaches.
For more information, please do not hesitate
to call us at 631-736-2511 or email to: KKAthletics@aol.com