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Coach’s Corner: Christina Sutcliffe

Christina Sutcliffe

Katelyn Connery

February 18, 2013

Softball coach Christina Sutcliffe is not only in her first season as a head coach in the Huskies program, but in her first season as a head coach altogether. Though she may be unfamiliar with the DeKalb area, she is knowledgeable on the game of softball. Sutcliffe has prior coaching experience as well...

Coaches Corner: Chris Weiss

Matt Hopkinson

January 14, 2013

New women’s gymnastics assistant coach Chris Weiss may be brand new to this job, but not to the school or the sport. Weiss graduated from NIU in 2005 with a degree in kinesiology and is a former member of the NIU men’s gymnastics club. The Northern Star sat down to talk with the newly minted coa...

Chappell sees coaching as a chance to give back to new athletes

Ed Rietveld

October 15, 2012

The Northern Star sat down with first year women’s soccer assistant coach Christie Chappell. Chappell spent the last four seasons as an assistant at North Dakota State with coach John Ross. She talked about why she came to DeKalb, when she started playing soccer, why she did, how she decided to become a c...

Ferrell anxious to see team continue success in spring

Mike Romor

October 11, 2012

As the fall season nears its end, NIU women’s tennis coach Ryun Ferrell is seeing progress in his program, which has been rapidly rising over the past two seasons. Coming off a bounce-back season, Ferrell is anxious to see what his team can do once spring comes around. Ferrell already spoke extensiv...

Men’s golf successful under Frame’s framework

Sean Anderson

October 10, 2012

Andrew Frame graduated from NIU in 2011 and immediately became the assistant coach for the men’s golf team. In his five years at NIU, Frame had 16 top-10 in 45 tournaments. His low round was a six-under-66, while his best overall finish was a second place finish. Frame sat down with the Northern Star ...

Women’s tennis finds success with Ferrell

Mike Romor

October 9, 2012

Building a D-I sports program takes time and patience. NIU women’s tennis coach Ryun Ferrell knows this all too well, as he has slowly but surely built a solid program from the ground up. Now with a team that can hit with the best of the MAC, Ferrell continues to find players that fit into his set s...

Coaches Corner: Tom Porten

Dustin King

April 23, 2012

Tom Porten, NIU men’s golf coach, sat down with the Northern Star to find out who his favorite golfer is and what his pre-game rituals are. Northern Star: Do you have any pre-game rituals? Tom Porten: Yes. I always carry three dimes in my left pocket before a tournament. I do it because Jack Nicklau...

Coaches corner: Ryun Ferrell

Mike Romor

April 16, 2012

Ryun Ferrell, NIU women’s tennis coach, came to NIU hoping to bring the program to another level. In his fifth year at the reins, Ferrell is finally achieving his goal while looking ahead to the future. Ferrell spoke with the Northern Star about this season’s turnaround, the tennis team’s outloo...

Coaches Corner: Greg Hipp

Greg Hipp

Dustin King

April 10, 2012

Greg Hipp, NIU cross Country coach, finished his first season with the Huskies this past year. The Northern Star talked to Hipp about his hobbies, favorite music and his favorite places to get food. Northern Star: Do you have any pre-game rituals to get your team pumped up for a big match? Greg Hipp: I don...

Coaches Corner: Sam Morreale

Matt Hopkinson

April 3, 2012

Sam Morreale, NIU women’s gymnastics coach, recently completed his first full season in his new capacity. Prior to this season, Morreale, an NIU graduate and former gymnast himself, served as the program’s assistant coach for nine years. Morreale discussed with the Northern Star about his experiences as ...

Coaches Corner: Kathi Bennett

Coaches Corner: Kathi Bennett

Matt Hopkinson

March 28, 2012

NIU women’s basketball compiled a 14-17 record, going 6-10 in MAC play. The Huskies advanced to the quarterfinals of the MAC tournament. The first round win in the MAC tournament was their first victory since 2007. NIU coach Kathi Bennett talked with the Northern Star about the Huskies’ 2011-12 ...

Coaches Corner: Todd Townsend

Coaches Corner: Todd Townsend

Brian Belford

February 13, 2012

The Northern Star caught up with Todd Townsend, NIU men's basketball assistant coach, who talked about playing with Dwayne Wade at Marquette, and what he would say to NIU students to convince them to come out to one of their games. Northern Star: You played collegiality at Marquette. Where did you pl...