Head Coach Erin Egolf
In her fourth season as the head coach of the UIS women’s soccer program
In her first two years, led the Prairie Stars to their two most successful seasons in program history
Is the program’s career leader in points and goals
Erin Egolf is in her fourth season as the head coach of the University of Illinois women’s soccer program in 2019. She is in her tenth straight year as a member of the program between being a player, assistant coach, and now the head coach.
Egolf enters the 2019 season with a record of 19-28-7, and she is the program’s all-time winningest coach. The Prairie Stars improved their offensive numbers in their first two seasons under Egolf, including tying the school record for goals in 2017. Defensively, the program is allowing just 1.2 goals a game over the last three years, including 1.1 in 2017 and 2018. UIS set a school record with a 0.96 GAA in 2017.
Egolf’s top season came in 2017 with a record-setting year for the Prairie Stars. UIS went 9-6-4 overall and 6-5-3 in GLVC play. The Prairie Stars clinched a spot in the GLVC Tournament for the first time with a 1-0 victory over Rockhurst on the final day of the regular season. UIS finished above .500 overall and in conference play for the first time in program history, and its nine overall victories and six conference victories were also new standards for the team. Two women’s soccer players earned GLVC Player of the Week honors during the season.
In her first season in 2016, Egolf led UIS to a two-win improvement over the previous season. The Prairie Stars finished the year with a 7-11-0 overall mark and a 4-11-0 GLVC record. The seven wins was a school record at the time, and the four conference victories tied the previous record.
Off the pitch since she was named head coach, the women’s soccer players have also had success in the classroom. Over the last three school years, the women’s soccer team has won 52 GLVC academic all-conference awards, the most of any program at UIS in that time span.
Egolf was an assistant coach for the Prairie Stars from 2013-15. In that time, UIS improved its record each season, including winning five overall games and four conference contests in 2015.
Egolf was a star player for UIS from 2010-12. She holds the program’s all-time records with 26 goals and 60 points, and also holds the single-season records in those categories with 10 goals and 23 points. She was a two-time team captain and a three-time all-GLVC selection, earning second-team honors in 2010 and 2012 and third-team accolades in 2011. As a junior, she was also selected to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region third team.
Besides her work on the field, Egolf excelled in the classroom earning Academic All-GLVC honors each of her three seasons with the Prairie Stars. She also earned United Soccer Coaches College All-Region Scholar honors as a junior and senior.
Egolf also coaches a U13 travel team named FC Springfield. She holds her USSF National D License, United Soccer Coaches National Diploma, and earned the United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma.
Egolf graduated in May 2013 from the University of Illinois Springfield with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, and graduated in May 2015 from the University of Illinois Springfield with a Master of Business Administration.