In five years as an assistant coach, former Wildcat Erin Ekeberg played an integral role in improving the defense and goalkeeping of her alma mater.
From 2006-10, Ekeberg joined Stephanie Foster on the Northwestern sidelines and helped the Wildcats to post 27 total shutouts, including a school-best nine clean sheets during the 2007 season. Ekeberg worked closely with three-year starting goalkeeper Carolyn Edwards, helping the senior captain climb up the Northwestern record books in saves, shutouts and minutes played.
"Northwestern women's soccer is very fortunate to have Erin back at her alma mater as an assistant coach," head coach Stephanie Foster said. "Not only is she instrumental in training our goalkeepers, she offers one of the sharpest minds and an incredible passion for Northwestern. She is extremely gifted in building strong relationships with our players."
As a player from 1997-2000 Ekeberg was a three-time academic all-Big Ten selection, graduated cum laude from Northwestern in June of 2001 and received her bachelor's degree in environmental sciences.
After working for one season as an assistant coach at California in 2001, she then went on to receive her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in May of 2005 where she was on the Dean's List all four years. Before returning to NU, she spent a year working as a litigation associate in New York City.
Her name is still etched in the Northwestern record books with the all-time leaders in Wildcat history, including the record for most minutes played by a goalkeeper in one season (2,027 in 1998). She is second all-time with 281 career saves, third with 5,206 minutes played and fourth all-time with 13 shutouts. Her seven shutouts in 1998 still rank second on the all-time single-season list. She notched 13 saves in the 1998 NCAA round of 16 match vs. eventual national champion Florida. She also served as co-captain and won team MVP honors as a senior in 2000.
The Palatine, Ill., native kept busy in the soccer broadcast business as well, serving as a play-by-play spotter for the San Jose Cyber Rays of the Women's United Soccer Association in the spring of 2002.