Beloit, WI – Kirsten Takaki had a notable four-year career as a midfielder/forward for the Beloit College Women’s Soccer team, culminating with a spot on the 2014 All-Midwest Conference team as a senior.
She completed her eligibility at the end of last season, but Takaki is returning to the team’s sidelines in 2015 as an assistant coach.
“Kirsten was one of our top players the past four years and she has a high soccer IQ,” said head coach Nick Chapman. “I'm excited to have her on our staff, since she had been coaching the players (as a player) during her career anyway. Kirsten brings a calming leadership style that players gravitate towards. This makes her an effective teacher, leader, and mentor to the women as they trust and listen to her direction.”
Takaki, from Wilmette, Illinois (New Trier), who earned Honorable Mention laurels from the MWC last season, played in 63 games during her career, scoring nine goals, three of them game-winners. She added 13 assists, which ties for the fourth-most in Beloit history, for 31 points.
“I work hard to find quality players for my program, so I need high quality coaches that can educate and push the players,” continued Chapman. “Kirsten fits this roll well and I am excited to see what the team can accomplish this season with her help on the coaching staff.”
The Buccaneers open their 2015 season on Tuesday, September 1, at Edgewood College in Madison. The home opener is set for Saturday, September 5, vs. Rockford University at the Strong Complex Soccer Field.