May 14, 2008
BALTIMORE - Erin Konheim has been hired as an assistant women's soccer coach at Loyola College, completing the staff of the Greyhounds' new head coach, Katherine Vettori.
Konheim, who served as an assistant coach at nearby Towson University last season, joins Vettori and second-year assistant Carly Draper on the Loyola staff.
"I am thrilled with the addition of Erin to our staff," Vettori said. "She is an excellent recruiter, and with her playing background in the Big Ten and the W-League, she adds experience and regional connections that will be a great asset to the program."
A graduate and standout player at Michigan State University, Konheim brings both the familiarity of the Mid-Atlantic region and the experience of playing at a high level of collegiate soccer to the Evergreen campus.
"I am very excited and grateful to be part of this staff at Loyola College," Konheim said. "I want to thank Katherine Vettori, the Loyola administration and community for accepting me into the Greyhound family. I believe that under Katherine's leadership, the program will continue to build on its successful tradition."
Last year, Konheim helped first-year Towson Head Coach Greg Paynter lead the Tigers to their first winning record (9-8-1) since the 2000 season.
She was responsible for organizing, developing and implementing technical training aspects of each practice. Konheim also contributed to all aspects of the program, including game planning, recruiting, scheduling, travel and fundraising.
In addition to working the Towson Women's Soccer Summer Camp, Konheim was a technical trainer for youth teams in the Soccer Association of Columbia. Prior to joining the Tigers' staff, she worked as a Coach-In-Training with the '92 Girls team of the Michigan Olympic Development Program.
Konheim was a top player as a student-athlete at Michigan State, helping the Spartans compile a 48-28-7 record and garner two NCAA Women's Soccer College Cup appearances during her four seasons in East Lansing.
A captain during her senior season in 2005, Konheim led Michigan State to a 12-6-5 record and the first NCAA Tournament win in program history. She concluded her Spartans' playing career as the school's career assists leader (23), and she finished seventh on the program's all-time points list (53).
After completing her collegiate eligibility, Konheim competed for the Michigan Hawks of the United States Soccer W-League. She served as a team captain and helped the Hawks to a 10-2-2 record and Midwest Division title.
Konheim also worked as an Undergraduate Assistant Coach for Michigan State after her playing career concluded.
As a prep player, Konheim earned All-State, All-District and All-League honors at West Bloomfield (Mich.) High School. She scored 90 goals and had 22 assists in four years for the Lakers and was a four-year member of the Michigan ODP State and Regional teams.
A three-year Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2003-2005), Konheim graduated from Michigan State with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education in May 2006.