RETURNS TO NORTHERN ILLINOIS WOMEN'S SOCCER PROGRAM AS ASSISTANT
Illinois University women's soccer coach Frank Horvat boasts two
Mid-American Conference championships during his tenure in DeKalb.
When the veteran sideline boss talks about what it takes to return
the Huskies back to the glory days and competition for MAC titles
in the future, he can now point to Exhibit A in the form of new
assistant coach Allison Wade.
One of the most
decorated players in NIU women's soccer history, Wade replaces Joe
McCauley, who left in July to become the head women's soccer coach
at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL.
excited to have Allison return to the program," Horvat said.
"With her being a past member of this team, it's great to have
Allison back here. She can provide a different insight and point
of view, and she will definitely add to the chemistry of this team.
She'll be able to help get the message across to the players and
can assist me in a number of areas. I really look forward to the
future with her here."
two years (1996-97) for Horvat at Northern Illinois after transferring
from Indiana University. She made an immediate impact as a junior,
establishing a (then-)school single-season record with 12 goals
and 28 points before suffering a hip flexor injury which limited
her playing time over the final three weeks of the season. She still
All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference honors plus the league's Newcomer
citation after tying for sixth place on the MCC's final scoring
record lasted exactly one season before she shattered the mark during
NIU's record-setting campaign in 1997. The St. Charles native hit
the net 19 times with seven assists, a 45-point total which topped
the Mid-American Conference charts that year and remains etched
on the top rung of the MAC record books. The last two of those 19
markers came in the MAC championship match, including the match-winner
to push Northern Illinois past Eastern Michigan University, 3-2,
for the inaugural Mid-Am title. Wade was named the Mid-Am's first
Player of the Year following the Huskies' 12-6-2 campaign which
included 25 school records.
knows what it took during the offseason and in-season to get prepared
for the MAC," Horvat added. "Her passion and vision will
be important assets. She knows where we want to go and has an idea
of how to help us get there."
The St. Charles
High School product established another Huskie record by hitting
the net in six consecutive matches as a senior when she was one
of only three players to win both First-Team All-MAC honors plus
Academic All-Conference notice. Wade graduated as NIU's all-time
leading scorer with 31 goals and 73 points despite playing just
two years in DeKalb. At the start of the 2003 campaign, she trails
only Anne Mucci (43 goals, 129 points from 1995-98) on both of those
lists in Northern Illinois history.
to her conference honors, Wade earned Second-Team All-Region accolades
from SoccerBuzz magazine plus Third-Team All-Great Lakes Region
honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)
in 1997. She also garnered Huskie Scholar accolades through the
NIU Athletics Department's Academic Excellence program.
At St. Charles
High School, Wade hit the net 23 times to help the Saints to an
undefeated ledger and the IHSA state championship in the spring
of 1994. Her match-winner in the title contest was the 98th of her
high school career, one which also included a Louisiana state title
as part of Ecole Classique High School in 1992. She was a two-time
All-State selection there before coming to Illinois prior to her
her bachelor of science degree in marketing from Northern Illinois
in 1999, Wade has filled a variety of roles within the university,
including time as a graduate assistant in the NIU Athletics Ticket
Office and as part of the Huskies' Information Technology staff
from 1999-2001. She was most recently employed in NIU's Convocation
Center, serving as Event Services Manager since last July.
"I am grateful
to (Convocation Center Director) John Gordon and his staff for allowing
me to open a state-of-the-art facility in a first-class manner here
at Northern Illinois," Wade said about the university's 10,000-seat
arena which opened last summer. "I look forward to the challenges
under the leadership and direction of Coach Horvat and being an
integral part of the success of the women's soccer program. I am
thrilled at the opportunity to influence a women's soccer program
that has made such a positive impact on me."
Wade received her master of science degree in sports management
in 2002. She is engaged to be married to current NIU men's basketball
assistant coach Mike Shepherd next May.
-- Copy by Robert