Grand Valley State hires Katie Hultin as women’s soccer coach

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ALLENDALE, Mich. — Grand Valley State has hired Katie Hultin as head women’s soccer coach.

Hultin takes over after four seasons at the University of Michigan, where she served as associate head coach for a program that reached the NCAA Division I quarterfinals in 2021.

“I would like to thank GVSU Athletic Director, Keri Becker, and the rest of the recruiting committee for this wonderful opportunity. I am very excited to join the GVSU family and look forward to being a part of the community of Grand Valley State and Grand Rapids,” Hultin said. I also want to thank Jen Klein and the entire women’s soccer staff at the University of Michigan. for their mentorship and friendship during my stay in Ann Arbor. Jen in particular has always been and always will be an amazing mentor and friend and I appreciate the support she has shown me throughout my career.

Hultin’s primary role on Wolverine’s staff was on defense, which threw 12 clean sheets in 2021. She guided Alia Martin in her move from attack to defense for the 2021 season, helping her win the United Soccer Coaching First Team American honours. Between three regular fall seasons, Hultin’s defense has collected 24 shutouts, with the number increasing each season.

“I am extremely thrilled to welcome Katie to our Grand Valley State family and look forward to seeing her build on the exceptional foundation of our women’s soccer program,” Becker said. “We had a pool of highly qualified and impressive candidates for this role and in conversations with Katie, she stood out as someone who is committed to building a culture of success both on and off the pitch. that will best fulfill our mission of providing our student-athletes with a championship-level experience.

In addition to Martin, Hultin also played a major role in the development of All-Big 10 performers Jayde Riviere, who won Olympic gold, Raleigh Loughman, Nicki Hernandez and Sarah Stratigakis.

Prior to her time at Michigan, Hultin spent two seasons on the staff of the University of Oregon, while serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s U17, U18, and U19 National Soccer Team, working with the goalkeepers as the team won a CONCACAF championship. She spent two previous seasons at the University of Illinois and was the goaltending coach at Seattle University, where she worked from 2009 to March 2014.

Hultin earned a degree in biology from Washington State University in 2005. At WSU, she was a four-year winner on the football team. After graduating, she had career records in shutouts (21) and saves (248), and finished third all-time with 23 wins. She was a three-time All-Pac-10 winner and the team’s MVP in 2004. Hultin also has professional playing experience as a member of the W-League’s Arizona Heatwave, Mile High Mustangs and Seattle Sounders. . She also participated in the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) pre-season.

Hultin is a native of Denver, Colorado, and was a member of the Colorado State ODP team and Region IV team from 1997-2001. Her coaching experience also includes serving as Director of training of girls at FC Alliance and within Region IV ODP staff. She currently holds her USFF A license. Hultin and his wife, Susan, have three children; twins Owen and Wilder and a daughter, Scotty.

Grand Valley State’s seven national championships are the most in Division II history, including back-to-back titles in 2019, under current Michigan State head coach Jeff Hosler, and in 2021 under Jim Conlon, who left after the season for personal reasons. .

“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue my coaching journey at an institution that values ​​athletic and academic achievement. Grand Valley has a storied history of athletic achievement that I am thrilled to be a part of. Our mission will be to set a standard of excellence and strive to improve every day. I’m incredibly excited to be a Laker and look forward to meeting the GVSU football community, fans and alumni.” declared.

— Contact sportswriter Dan D’Addona at Dan.D’[email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DanDAddona and Facebook @Holland Sentinel Sports.

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