March 26, 2014
DEKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois University men’s soccer head coach Eric Luzzi announced today the promotion of Garrett Biller to associate head coach. Biller is entering his sixth season as a member of the men’s soccer coaching staff.
“I am really pleased to promote Garrett to associate head coach,” said Luzzi. “He has proven to be extremely competent, hard-working, passionate and loyal over the five years that he has been here at NIU. He understands the sacrifice and level of commitment that is required to be a successful coach at our level, and our players have benefited greatly from Garrett's knowledge as we continue to develop them as players and as people.
“I look forward to continuing to work alongside Garrett to push our program forward and get our team back to the level that we expect to be at, which is competing for trophies each year.”
Biller joined the NIU staff in 2009 and oversees the development of the Huskie backline and goalkeepers. In 2011, Biller helped NIU to a 15-6 record, the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In his five seasons on the NIU soccer staff, Biller has helped mentor 13 all-league selections, including former Huskie goalkeeper Jordan Godsey (2009-12), who recorded a school-record 35 career shutouts, 13th-best in NCAA history.
In addition, Biller also serves as a United States Soccer Federation Development Academy scout, performing player identification and training evaluations for U.S. Youth National Teams.
“I am extremely excited to continue working alongside Eric Luzzi, our staff and our student-athletes, to achieve the goals we have set out for this program,” said Biller. “I am exceptionally grateful to Eric, our athletic director Sean Frazier and our sport administrator Debra Boughton, for this opportunity to continue to develop as a coach and leader as we continue to provide our student-athletes with a first class experience.”
Biller came to NIU from Hastings College in Nebraska where he spent three seasons, helping the Broncos to three consecutive conference championships and the NAIA Elite Eight in 2008. Biller coached 17 all-conference honorees at Hastings. Prior to Hastings, Biller began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Wayne State (Neb.).
As a player, Biller played collegiately at Simpson College, helping the school to its first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. Biller earned his degree in sports administration from Simpson in 2004 and went on to earn his master’s in sports management from Wayne State in 2006. He currently holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” coaching license as well as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Diploma and Youth Diploma.