Rebecca Nolin Joins Ranks as New Soccer Coach

| May 29, 2014
Source: Valdosta State Athletics

Source: Valdosta State Athletics

VALDOSTA, GA – Rebecca Nolin has been named the head coach of the Valdosta State soccer program, as announced by VSU Athletics Director Herb Reinhard Wednesday.

“I am very pleased and excited to have Rebecca join our soccer program as head coach,” stated Reinhard. “Rebecca has tremendous experience as a player, having played at the highest professional level, and her years of coaching under Rob King at Kennesaw State have prepared her well for our head coach position.”

With years of experience on the pitch as both a collegiate and professional soccer player and four years served on the Kennesaw State coaching staff, Nolin brings an exciting combination of both playing and coaching experience to the Blazer women’s soccer program. While earning a Sports Management degree at Kennesaw State University, Nolin put together a stellar soccer career as a student-athlete that included 16 career goals, four of which were game winners, along with 11 assists. Additionally, she played an integral role for the Owls during their National Championship season in 2003.

Shortly after the conclusion of her playing career at KSU, Nolin made the transition to the professional ranks with the Atlanta Silverbacks, a USL W-League program, where she played from 2007 through 2009. The following year, the former Owl joined the Women’s Professional Soccer League as a center back and center midfielder for the Atlanta Beat before returning to the Silverbacks in 2011, where she produced three assists and scored a goal in a campaign that helped lift the team to its first ever W-League title.

A native of England, Nolin’s leadership roles on the pitch trace all the way back to 2001, where she served as a captain of the Chelsea Ladies Football Club. Her career track as a player led her back to a coaching position at Kennesaw State in 2010, where she began a four-year tenure as an assistant coach under Rob King. Her duties at KSU included a plethora of coaching responsibilities.

“I want to thank Herb Reinhard for trusting me to lead the women’s soccer program as the new head coach at Valdosta State University,” said Nolin. “I am honored to be a part of this fantastic University and Athletic Department. I am very impressed with the people of VSU, the campus and the facilities. Coach Mel Heinz has left a great foundation to build on, and I’m excited to implement my vision for the program and look forward to becoming a part of this unique family.”

Nolin’s coaching experience extends even further with time served as a Technical Development Coach for the Gwinnett Soccer Association from 2008-10. Her enthusiastic coaching style with a focus on perfecting the little things has benefited the Georgia Olympic Soccer Development Program as well, where she began a recent stint as an Olympic Development Assistant Coach in 2013.

Nolin will take the helm as the leader of a 2014 Valdosta State squad that includes a slew of returnees, along with a 2014 signing class made up of ten new additions.

“Rebecca has a passion and enthusiasm for the game of soccer that is contagious,” said Reinhard. “I am very confident that she is going to be a tremendous head coach and will build on the foundation of success that we have built with Blazer soccer.”

Source: Valdosta State Univeristy Athletics

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