Christie Chappell, a former assistant at North Dakota State and a former all-region soccer player at Minnesota-Crookston, was announced as an assistant coach for the Northern Illinois women's soccer program on March 23, 2012. Chappell, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, was the first hire to join the staff under Head Coach John Ross, who took over the program on Jan. 24, 2012.
"I am very excited to have Christie on our staff here at NIU, and she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the program," said Coach Ross. "She is very energetic and a go-getter. The best part of having Christie on the staff is that she really cares about the players as individuals."
In two seasons working with the Huskies' midfielders and forwards, Chappell has helped a significant and steady improvement in the NIU attack. After scoring just seven goals as a team in 2011, the Huskie offense notched 20 goals in 2012 and improved further last season, tallying 23 goals.
Under the guidance of Chappell, junior forward Nicole Gobbo has emerged as the offensive focal point for NIU, scoring two goals as a freshman and a team-high six goals as a sophomore - the most by any Huskie since 2007.
Prior to coming to DeKalb, Chappell was an assistant coach at NDSU for four seasons, where the Bison won a regular season Summit League championship (2009) and qualified for the NCAA Tournament (2010). In 2011, North Dakota State finished as the runner-up in the Summit League Tournament. Chappell worked primarily with the team's attack. She also coached four seasons with the Red River Soccer Club, working with U13 boy's and U10 girl's teams. In 2008, she was named the North Dakota Youth Soccer Association's Boy's Coach of the Year.
"I am so thrilled to be a Huskie and to be working with John," said Chappell (pronounced "Chapel"). "He is the kind of coach I would have played for, and I wholeheartedly believe in his vision for the program. There is tremendous support for athletics at NIU, which provides us all the tools to run a successful program."
From 2007-08, Chappell worked at Division II St. Cloud State, where the Huskies clinched their first winning season since 1995 and advanced to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament. She broke into coaching at her alma mater Minnesota-Crookston in 2006, where she starred as a player for the Golden Eagles from 2002-05.
She was twice named first team All-NSIC, as well as earning NSCAA All-Region honors and went on to shatter UMC's career record in goals (25) and points scored (62).
Chappell graduated from Minnesota-Crookston in 2006 with a degree in business management and received the NCAA's Degree Completion Award. She recently finished her master's degree in sociology from North Dakota State, while also earning a teaching certificate. She currently owns a "B" license from the United States Soccer Federation.