Wendy Elles was hired as the Saint Michael's College women's soccer head coach in April 2013. She brings experience in Divisions I and III to her appointment at Saint Michael's, having served as the head coach at Lyndon State College between 2009 and 2012.
During her four years at Lyndon State, Elles led the Hornets to North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament appearances twice, including while hosting their first postseason contest to cap a 9-8-1 campaign in 2011. Following this past season, the team earned a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Gold Medal Award for Team Ethics after not being assessed a single card during the fall. The Hornets earned the NAC Team Sportsmanship Award in 2009.
Prior to her time at Lyndon State, Elles was the assistant coach for four years at Endicott College, helping the Gulls go 67-17-5 overall and 46-3-1 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). The Gulls qualified for the NCAA Tournament each year, advancing as far as the Sweet 16 in 2006, while winning three CCC Tournament crowns.
Elles was the assistant coach at the University of Vermont from 1997 until 2003, as the Catamounts earned nine wins in each of her first two seasons, as well as qualifying for an America East Championship semifinal in 1998. During the 1996-97 school year, Elles served as an assistant coach for both women's basketball and soccer at Fairleigh Dickinson University's College at Florham.
Since 2001, Elles has been heavily involved with youth coaching in Vermont, including working with the Far Post Soccer Club since 2006. As a coach each year during that time, Elles guided her squads to 10 state crowns and US Youth Soccer regional tournaments. Previously the director of education for four years, Elles has been the director of coaching since 2008. Between 2001 and 2010, she was the head coach for Vermont's Olympic Development Program girls' team.
Elles has worked summer camps for Far Post since 2002 after previously serving a role during camps for the University of Vermont, Gettysburg (Pa.) College and Millersville (Pa.) University. She aided the Girls of America Love Soccer (GOALS) Camp in Blairstown, N.J., between 1994 and 2001, and the Champ Soccer Camp in Burlington each year from 2004 until 2010. Elles also developed and directed the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program in Vermont for five years, guiding an organization that works with youth athletes with disabilities.
During her career, Elles has earned coaching certification on three occasions. She garnered an NSCAA National Diploma in 2001, an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma a year later while passing with distinction, and qualified for her NSCAA Premier Diploma in 2006.
A 1996 graduate of Gettysburg with a degree in sociology and a concentration in French, Elles earned her master's in interdisciplinary studies from Vermont in 2004. A 1995 NSCAA All-America selection and the Centennial Conference Player of the Year from the backfield, Elles was named all-region four times while helping the Bullets go 51-21 overall and 28-3 in the league. Gettysburg qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 1993 and 1994. Elles went on to play three years in the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues' (USISL) W-League, and alternatively and often simultaneously played in and helped develop the Vermont Amateur Soccer League since 2001.