FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Northern Arizona women's soccer team is excited to welcome newest assistant coach Kylie Louw to the Lumberjack family. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Louw comes to NAU with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She has spent the last four years as the women's soccer assistant coach for the University of Arizona.
"Kylie hit all the marks, in terms of what we were looking for," Head Coach Andre Luciano said. "Both as a former player and assistant coach, she will bring great energy, passion and experience to our program."
Louw graduated from Tuks Combined School in Pretoria, South Africa in 2006 where she started as a striker on her high school team and was honored as the Player of the Year and Coaches' Player of the Year her senior season. Upon graduation, Louw joined the South African National Team where she competed in the 2012 London Olympics. Louw went on to compete at the Division I level at Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) where she received her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in 2012.
At SFA, Louw was a four-year starter who graduated as the school's all-time leader in points with 96 and in assists with 42. In addition, she is sixth all-time in both goals at 27 and shots at 156. Louw helped the Ladyjacks win two Southland Conference regular season titles in 2011 and 2012 and the SLC tournament championship in 2012. In her four years at SFA, in addition, to her play with the National Team, she has garnered multiple accolades.
"As a player, she comes from a conference similar to the Big Sky and will bring valuable Olympic experience," said Luciano. "As a coach, her experience bringing back a good Arizona program can carry over and allow her to help us win a championship."
Louw will join Luciano and assistant coach Stephen Murphy-Logue from the University of Arizona where she helped the Wildcats to an 11-8-2 season and the second round of the NCAA tournament this past season. In her first season, the Wildcats went 9-7-4, garnering their first winning record since 2005.
"I am thrilled to join Northern Arizona University and this successful athletic department," Louw said. "First and foremost I would like to thank Dr. Lisa Campos, Robyn Sharp and Head Coach Andre Luciano for giving me the opportunity to work with the Lumberjacks and believing in my values and philosophies. I am excited to be a resource to the soccer program and contribute to the continued success of the department."
In addition, Louw was also involved in youth soccer, in Texas, coaching for Nacogdoches Soccer Club, Nacogdoches Academy Soccer Clinic and instructing private lessons.
"I look forward to working with these dedicated athletes and having an impact in their overall experience as student athletes," said Louw.
Luciano and the Lumberjacks are excited to welcome Louw to the Lumberjack family.