Kim Kester
Kim Kester

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
2nd Season at NIU

Alma Mater, Year:
Toledo, 2007


06/04/2014

Connie Ellett Earns Academic All-MAC Honors

Samantha Coyne garners honorable mention accolades

05/28/2014

Connie Ellett Receives the Inaugural Betty Ann Rich Award

Betty Ann's Legacy Carries on Through the Women of the NIU Golf Team

05/19/2014

Huskies Go Hollywood

Featuring Sean Frazier and NIU Head Coaches

04/27/2014

Huskies Post School-Best Finish at 2014 MAC Championships

NIU women's golf team takes fourth, Gautier sixth

04/26/2014

Huskies Gain Ground in Second Round of MAC Championships

Lena Gautier moves up to eighth, Niemiec to 11th

Kim Kester is in her second season as head coach of the Northern Illinois University women's golf program.

Kester came to Northern Illinois 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.

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