I grew up playing competitive soccer both as a forward and goalkeeper. I was recruited by a few small schools to play forward while also being recruited to play goalkeeper at larger, Division 1 schools. I chose Central Michigan University because the coach was my ODP coach and we got along well. I also knew that I could go in and make an immediate impact on the field. While at Central Michigan, I was able to start all four years and help the team out both on and off the field. We competed for the Mid-American Championships, as well as held the highest GPA in the nation for all Division 1 soccer teams. I set many conference records and was named captain of the team my senior year. I graduated from Central Michigan with a teaching degree focused on physical education.
After college, I immediately went to graduate school at Western Illinois University where I was a graduate assistant for the women’s soccer team. I earned my Master’s in Sports Management. One of the requirements for the master’s degree was to intern at a sports organization, so I chose to complete my internship requirements with the Chicago Red Stars (women’s professional soccer team).
After my schooling was complete, I coached at several different schools including University of Toledo (Division 1), Saint Louis University (Division 1) and Goshen College (NAIA). I have had the opportunity as a college coach to go to the NCAA Division 1 soccer tournament and coach a couple of current Olympians.
After 10 plus years of college soccer coaching, I came to the NCSA in 2018. My husband and I have three young girls and I knew this would be a great opportunity to still be involved in soccer, while helping families find their perfect college fit. I enjoy getting to know families, hearing their stories, and finding ways to help them have a great experience in college like I did!