Former Toledo Rocket Joins NIU Coaching Staff

New Huskies volunteer assistant coach Righeimer clears a ball for her former team, the Toledo Rockets - NIU Athletics

Former Toledo goalkeeper Angela Righeimer is the most recent addition to the Huskies women's soccer team coaching staff. The former Rocket joins as a volunteer assistant coach.

Angela Righeimer, a former Toledo Rocket goalkeeper, has joined the Northern Illinois Huskies women's soccer team as a volunteer assistant coach. Righeimer was the keeper for Toledo from 2007 to 2010 and after spending a few stints coaching while simultaneously working in the business field, she has decided to take her talents to NIU to pursue a master's degree in sport management as well as help to improve the women's soccer program.

The Park Ridge, Ill. native already completed the first two levels of the NSCAA goalkeeper courses and is in pursuit of the level three diploma. Within a few short months of leaving Scott Park Soccer Complex in Toledo, Righeimer gained her first experience as a coach with the Tampa United Soccer Club.

From November 2011 to April 2012, the former goalie assisted United's head coach during team practices as a volunteer and primarily worked with the Under-13 girls, specializing in goalkeeping training. She also offered private sessions to aspiring young keepers during her time at Tampa.

Shortly after her stint with Tampa United, Righeimer took her talents back to her home town of Park Ridge to help coach Park Ridge Soccer. Her stint was shorter than the last, spending only September 2012 to November 2012 working with the U-10 girls, once again on a volunteer basis.

Righeimer has a lot of experience in the Mid American Conference as she was part of the Toledo teams that boasted the best regular season conference record in the conference during 2008 and 2010. She was also part of the Rockets team that won consecutive MAC Tournaments in 2007 and 2008. The keeper was especially important to the 2010 team as she served as Team Captian.

During her time not spent coaching, Righeimer worked for Firto Lay and TEKSystems. She also has an excellent record of networking success and building relationships and will look to use both of those skills during her time with the Huskies.

All stats and personal data are per niuhuskies.com.

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