July 22, 2010
DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois women's soccer head coach Carrie Barker announced the addition of assistant soccer coach Sara Kloosterman to her coaching staff on Thursday. Serving as the primary goalkeeper coach for NIU, Kloosterman brings experience as a coach at two Division I universities and one Division II university from her semi-professional and Division I playing career.
"We're very excited to have Sara Kloosterman joining our staff," Barker said. "She is a great role model and has many years of coaching and playing experience at a very high level. She will be a great addition to our program."
Kloosterman comes to DeKalb after serving as the assistant women's soccer coach and head goalkeeper coach at Indiana University and Columbus State University. Kloosterman's duties at IU included recruiting responsibilities, community liaison and head women's goalkeeping coach at the Indiana soccer camps.
Prior to her time at IU, Kloosterman was also the Michigan State undergraduate assistant coach, goalkeeper coach, and Director of Goalkeepers for Michigan State summer camps from 2001 to 2002.
In addition to coaching at the Division I level, Kloosterman worked as a youth, high school and Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach. Most recently, Kloosterman was the Director of Recreation at Monroe County Youth Soccer Cutter's Soccer Club, where she also served as the Head Cutter's Youth Soccer Club Travel Coach.
Kloosterman has many years of coaching experience in the Olympic Development Program, including spending eight years as a member of the Indiana ODP Staff. She was also the Georgia Youth Soccer ODP staff coach in 2005 and 2006, the Michigan Youth Soccer ODP goalkeeper coach and staff member from 2000 to 2002 and the Region 2 ODP staff coach from 1999 to 2005. Kloosterman has her USSF B license, National Youth license, and the NSCAA Goalkeeping Certification.
A four-year starting goalkeeper, Kloosterman played collegiately at Michigan State where she acquired All-Big Ten Second Team accolades, All-American Great Lakes Region first and second team honors and was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team. Kloosterman received her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Michigan State in 2002.
The Huskies kick-off their 2010 season with an exhibition match-up against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Aug. 15 at the NIU Soccer and Track and Field Complex in DeKalb, Ill. before opening their regular season by hosting Creighton on Aug. 23.