DeKALB – Julie Colhoff has been named the fifth head coach in the history of the Northern Illinois women’s soccer program, NIU Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier announced Thursday.
Colhoff has spent the past four seasons as the top assistant coach at Illinois-Chicago, where she was part of building a new program, and previously spent three seasons at Lewis in Romeoville. As a player, she helped lead Loyola University to three championships during four seasons on the lakefront.
“We’re very excited to bring Julie to NIU to lead our women’s soccer program,” Frazier said. “Her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of the game of soccer, as well as her experience as a champion student-athlete, set her apart during the search process. In addition, her deep roots in Chicagoland make her a great fit for NIU. I’m excited to see what she will do here to take our team to the next level.”
She replaces John Ross, who coached the team for six years as the Huskies went 8-10-1 this year, including an overtime win at UIC. The teams tied in their only other meeting in 2016 in DeKalb.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to join the NIU Huskie family,” Colhoff said. “I align very much with the athletic department’s clear mission of developing champions in the classroom, in competition and in life, and want to thank Sean Frazier for entrusting me with the privilege of contributing to this legacy. It’s an honor to lead the NIU women’s soccer program, and I look forward to showcasing our relentless pursuit of growth as we strive to bring future (Mid-American Conference) championships home to NIU.”
During her four seasons at UIC, the Flames improved each season, and finished this past season 7-13 but with a winning record in the Horizon League for the first time in school history.
A four-year starter at center back for Loyola, Colhoff was a member of three championship teams as the Ramblers won the Horizon League tournament title and advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2006 and 2007, and claimed the league’s regular-season championship in 2008. She was a two-time all-conference selection, the 2009 team captain and earned Horizon League All-Tournament honors in 2008 and 2009. The Buffalo Grove native finished her career ranked third in matches played at Loyola.