Kim Kester is in her third season as head coach of the Northern Illinois University women's golf program.
Kester came to Northern Illinois in August of 2012 after spending the past three seasons as a graduate assistant for the women's golf team at her alma mater, Toledo. She helped lead the Rockets to a third-place finish at the Mid-American Conference Championship in 2010 and 2012. During her tenure at Toledo, Kester served as academic coordinator and assisted in the recruiting duties for the Rockets.
Prior to returning to Toledo, Kester was the head girls golf coach at Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids, Mich. from February 2008-May 2009
A standout golfer for the Rockets, Kester is a two-time second-team All-MAC honoree and posted the second-lowest single-season stroke average in school history with her 76.5 mark in her junior campaign. In that season, she led UT with six top-five finishes and tied for the team lead with eight top-10 showings. She also helped the Rockets post a school-best runner-up finish at the 2006 MAC Championship. A three-time team captain for the Rockets, Kester was Toledo's MVP in 2006-07.
Kester, a native of Ada, Mich., had a solid amateur career as well. She captured the Golf Association of Michigan Women's Mid-Amateur Championship in August 2011 with a four-under 140. Kester captured the Grand Rapids Women's City Championship in 2005 and 2006. In 2005, she finished with a three-day total of eight-under 214 (76-66-72) posting a course-record 66 in the second round. Kester also placed fourth at the 2005 GAM Women's Championship and reached the Sweet 16 of the 2005 Michigan Women's Amatuer.
A 2007 graduate of Toledo, Kester earned her bachelor's degree in recreation and leisure studies and received her master's degree in special education in 2011.