UNI soccer adds two members to its coaching staff

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — UNI soccer has announced the hiring of two coaches for the next spring 2022 season.

On Tuesday March 22, UNI soccer formalized the hiring of two new assistant coaches. Former volunteer goalkeeper coach Jami Reichenberger was promoted to full-time assistant while Kyle Nelson was added to the staff of the Cedar Valley Soccer Club, near Waterloo.

Jami Reichenberger | Coach’s Assistant

Reichenberger has worked with UNI soccer as a volunteer coach since 2019 following her playing career with the Panthers. Over the past three seasons, Reichenberger has worked with UNI goalkeepers to strengthen one of the team’s key defensive units. Reichenberger was also the starting goaltender for the Panthers in 2017 and 2018, where she set the program season record for most shutouts in both seasons.

“I’m delighted to see Jami move into a full-time assistant position,” the head coach said. Bruce Erickson. “She was a great player for us and has grown tremendously over the past 3 years as a volunteer coach. She epitomizes what it means to be part of the Panther Soccer program and is an incredibly hard worker.” Moving to a full-time role, Reichenberger will continue to work with UNI goalkeepers and focus on the defensive side of the game.

Kyle Nelson | Coach’s Assistant

Nelson joins UNI soccer after three and a half years with Cedar Valley Soccer Club in Waterloo. While at Cedar Valley Soccer Club, Nelson served as Group Coaching Director until his promotion to Executive Director in July 2021. Nelson’s extensive coaching experience includes time with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club, Sporting Iowa Soccer Academy, Wartburg. College, Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Association, Luther College and Decorah High School.

“Kyle is a great addition to our staff,” says head coach Bruce Erickson. “I’ve worked with him at club level and he has a wealth of experience at Iowa State at the club and college level. I’m thrilled to have him on this staff to support Jami and Chris KowalskiNelson will work with the Panthers on the offensive side of the ball among other responsibilities.

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