Aug. 14, 2006
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University women's soccer program announced the most recent addition to its coaching staff, adding Merit (Elzey) Stloukal as grad assistant / goalkeeper mentor.
A teammate of head coach Marci Miller on the then St. Charles High School powerhouse crews from 1991-94, Stloukal was a Parade Magazine All-America and Illinois all-everything goalie who went on to enjoy a stellar four-year career in net for Indiana University.
Stloukal began her coaching career as a varsity volunteer and goalkeeper trainer for St. Charles East High School from the spring of 1999 to 2001. During the fall of 2002, she served as co-coach of the St. Charles Strikers' Under-13 Club squad, which accumulated a number of tourney titles and runner-up finishes.
Her youth soccer resume includes working as the goalkeeper and team trainer for the Tri-Cities Soccer Club at various levels from fall of 2003 to the spring of 2004.
However, since the spring of 2002 through the spring of 2006, Stloukal has been the varsity assistant and goalie coach for the St. Charles North High School program which has claimed IHSA regional titles in each of the last four campaigns with a second-place Class AA finish in 2004.
As a prep player, Stloukal was a key figure behind coach Tim Dailey's 1992 (22-1-4) and 1994 (27-0-1) state championship units while the 1993 unit (25-3-1) finished third. The 1991 squad was 17-4-3 giving her a four-year record of 91-8-9 (.884). Her maiden name (Elzey) can still be found throughout the IHSA records section ranking No. 2 for most shutouts (24) in a single season (1994) and No. 3 for most career whitewashes (66).
Her four letter-winning campaigns at Indiana included First-Team All-Big Ten honors in 1995 and Second-Team in 1996 with All-Great Lakes Region standing in both of those years. She left IU as the school's all-time record holder for saves (442) and victories (35), and ranks second in shutouts (14). Had a career-high 6.5 shutouts in 1996 en route to guiding the Hoosiers to their first-ever NCAA Tourney appearance. Her seasonal shutouts rank third, ninth, and 10th.
After Indiana, Stloukal protected the nets for the Chicago Cobras from 1996-2001 and was a member of the Cobras unit which was the national runner-up in 1997 and the national champion for 2000.
Stloukal earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Indiana in 1994. She is married to Byron Stloukal of St. Charles, the couple has a son Mason, 5, and a daughter, Meleah, 2.