Hultin Hired as Illini Assistant Coach
Jan. 27, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and head women's soccer coach Janet Rayfield announced the hiring of Katie Hultin as an assistant coach on Monday. Hultin joins the Illini soccer staff as the goalkeeper coach following a five-year stint with the Seattle University women's soccer team.
"We are excited about the playing, coaching, and professional experience that Katie will bring to our program," Rayfield said. "Her desire to impact the continued success of this program at the national level and her commitment to excellence on and off the field is a great fit for the Illini Soccer Family. Katie will be a great asset not only to the development and future success of our goalkeepers but to the overall success of our program. We welcome her and look forward to her arrival to Champaign."
Hultin, who was responsible for training the Seattle U goalkeepers individually and at team training sessions, helped the Redhawks reach the NCAA Tournament in 2013 following Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular season and tournament championships. Her goalkeepers turned in a 1.00 goals against average or better in all five of her seasons at Seattle, highlighted by a 0.84 average in 2013. Her other duties on staff included designing and implementing a training program for the SU keepers to maintain their fitness and continue to improve in the offseason.
"I am really looking forward to joining this program that competes successfully at the highest levels of college soccer," Hultin said. "This opportunity to work with Janet, Jeff and these particular student-athletes is truly humbling."
A 2005 graduate of Washington State, Hultin was a four-year letterwinner in goal for the Cougars and left her mark in the WSU record book. When she graduated, she ranked first in shutouts (21), second in saves (248), and third all-time in wins (23). During that time she garnered numerous accolades, including being named a three-time All-Pacific 10 honoree, and Washington State's team MVP in 2004 and Most Inspirational from 2003-05. Hultin helped lead the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament in 2003.
Her playing experience also includes professional stints with the W-League's Arizona Heatwave, Mile High Mustangs and most recently the Seattle Sounders. She also participated in the 2009 WPS preseason. The Denver, Colo., native also boasts Olympic Development experience, as she was a member of the Colorado State team and Region IV team from 1997-2001.
Hultin also was the Girls Coaching Director at FC Alliance and on Region IV ODP staff. She currently holds her USSF A License.