February 17, 2014

Islanders Soccer Adds Houliston as Assistant Coach

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi soccer program has added Anne Houliston to its staff as an assistant coach, head coach Shanna Caldwell announced today. Houliston, a native of Scotland, comes to the Island University after coaching stops at Central Michigan and Murray State. 

"Anne has a great playing pedigree," Caldwell said, "having competed at the highest level, earning over 25 international appearances with Scotland at the U19 level including three European Championships. She is a hard worker that is in this business for the long haul. She has a great mind for the game and a great coaching demeanor. Her personality will fit right in with the players and the Islanders Athletics department."

Houliston will assist in all facets of the program with a primary on-field focus of working with the attack.  She has a wealth of knowledge with technical development as well as tactical decision-making.

"I am excited for the opportunity that Coach Caldwell has given me to be part of the Islanders soccer program," Houliston said. "I look forward to getting to know the players and working with them on a daily basis. I was very impressed with the culture that the athletics department has in place and I truly believe this program has an exciting future ahead."

Houliston joins the program after most recently serving on the staff at Central Michigan. There, she was in charge of coaching the attacking players, as well as recruiting, travel and camp duties. In 2013, the Chippewas went 8-4-0 in the Mid-American Conference, finishing in third place in the West division.

Prior to her time at CMU, she spent a year as the graduate assistant for Murray State, where she headed video and academic coordination as well as running game day operations and travel duties. The Racers went 4-3-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference, with Sophie Hargreaves and Julie Mooney collecting First Team All-OVC honors. In addition to her collegiate experience in the coaching ranks, she has worked with clubs at all levels, including the Women's Professional Soccer League with Fort Wayne FC.

As a player at NAIA Lindsay Wilson College, she helped the team to the national semifinals in both of her seasons. She also played in the WPSL for Fort Wayne as well as in the W-League for K-W United, the Colorado Force, the Ottawa Fury and the Fredericksburg Gunners. She represented Scotland from 2000-03, earning 25 caps and competing in three European championships.

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