Kelly Bergmann was promoted to the position of second assistant for the women's soccer program in the summer of 2016, after serving as the team's volunteer assistant in 2015. Since joining the program, Bergmann has helped initiate a culture that has helped VMI (in 2017) post its second-highest postseason seed ever, #5, and advance directly to the SoCon quarterfinals for the first time since VMI joined the league. Bergmann continued to work with husband Chris once again after doing so for several seasons at Lake Forest College. Kelly Bergmann spent six seasons on the Lake Forest staff, working with the men's soccer program in 2009 and from 2011-2014.
Lake Forest posted a combined 55-35-5 record in Bergmann's time on staff. The 2013 team finished with a 14-7-0 overall record and claimed its second straight Midwest Conference championship with a mark of 9-1-0 in league play. The Foresters also won the MWC Tournament and earned the program's first berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament since 1981.
Bergmann was the head women’s soccer coach at Hope International University in Fullerton, California, where she was named NCCAA West Region Coach of the Year in 2005. She was also an assistant women’s soccer coach and head softball coach at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, for two years and led the softball team to the 2007 NCCAA National Tournament.
The Chesterfield, Missouri, native was a dual-sport collegiate student-athlete playing soccer and softball at Wheaton College (Ill.) and graduating with bachelors degrees in communications and educational formation. She was a part of the 2001 NCAA DIII National Championship Final Four soccer team and co-captained the 2001 Wheaton softball team. She stayed on while a graduate student at Wheaton as an assistant softball coach and earned a masters degree in educational formation in 2003.
Bergmann has played and coached internationally with the Chicago Eagles Soccer Club and Southern California Seahorses in Brazil, Holland, Sweden, and Mexico.