SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. Seton Hall head women’s soccer coach Kazbek Tambi announced the hiring of Esmeralda Negron as the new assistant coach on Thursday afternoon. This is the newest addition to the women’s soccer coaching staff as Tambi replaced Betty Ann Kempf-Townsley after her 13 years at the helm of the program.
“Her experience having played at the highest levels of collegiate, national and international soccer will have a tremendous influence in the development of our players at Seton Hall,” Tambi said. “I’m really excited about Esmeralda joining our staff and I fully expect her to have an immediate positive impact on our program.”
Negron brings a wide range of playing experience to the program, having most recently played overseas in international soccer. She was a member of the FFC Brauweiler Pulheim Koln in Germany since January and also played for the USCCO Oise Compiegne in France, where she was the leading scorer.
A 2005 graduate of Princeton University, Negron was a two-time All-American. Named First Team All-America her senior year, she led the team to the NCAA Final Four. She was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year and received All-Ivy league selections for three years, having led the Ivy League in points her senior year. Negron was a member of the US National U-21 team that won the Nordic Cup in Iceland in 2004, and was named the 2004 NJ Sports Writers Association Female Athlete of the Year.
Prior to coming to Seton Hall, Negron coached for the Arsenal Club, World Class and Princeton University Soccer Camps. She directed the individual and group training sessions.
Negron currently resides in Harrington Park, N.J.