April 9, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State first-year women's soccer head coach Tim Santoro has finalized his coaching staff in preparation for the upcoming 2013 season.
Former Wolfpack keeper Kim Kern has been named an assistant coach after serving as the Director of Operations for the 2012 campaign.
An NC State graduate, Kern was a four-year starter who ranks among the program’s best in goals-against-average, shutouts and saves. She made 66 career starts in net, including 57 of 58 matches during her final three seasons.
"Kim brings a lot of knowledge and experience, not just to the goalkeeper position on the coaching side, but to the program as a whole with her knowledge of NC State and the Raleigh area. She’s already been a great support person in my transition these first few months,” said Santoro.
Taylor Wilson has been hired as Director of Operations after spending the 2012 season as an assistant coach at Iona College under the guidance of current Wolfpack associate head coach Mike Barroqueiro.
Wilson is a 2011 graduate of Seton Hall University, where she obtained a degree in athletic training. She led her 2011 club with 14 points, tallying four goals and a team-high six assists and was a member of the United States National Team youth program.
Wilson's duties include overseeing the daily operations of the team, including the coordination of team travel, on-campus recruiting visits, game-day responsibilities and coordination of camps and clinics.
"Taylor has a tremendous playing background and a tremendous passion to be a coach,” Santoro continued. “She’s already proven in a short amount of time that she is willing to sacrifice to make this profession hers and is prepared to immerse herself in our ACC program."
Justin Bryant has been tabbed the Director of Goalkeeping for Santoro's program. A veteran keeper coach, Bryant has spent over 20 years coaching goalkeepers at the collegiate and professional levels.
He coached at Radford, Queens College and Elon for 15 seasons, prior to a seven-year stint in the North Carolina ODP program.
Bryant, who played at Radford University from 1984-87, played professionally in England, Scotland and the United States.
"Having Justin on staff, in whatever capacity I could work out, was a priority of mine from the time I was hired due to our long relationship in the sport,” said Santoro. “His knowledge of the game, especially in the goalkeeper position, is as good as it gets and the option for Kim and him to work together on a daily basis is going to be a great benefit for the program."