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Ross excited for his chance at NIU

Ed Rietveld

August 28, 2012

The Northern Star’s Ed Rietveld talked with NIU’s first year women’s soccer coach John Ross. Coach Ross discusses what interested him about the NIU job and what type of team he wants his teams to be and a whole lot more. NS: What interested you about the NIU job that made you want to come to D...

Coach’s Corner: Ray Gooden talks women’s volleyball and DJ’ing

Volleyball coach Ray Gooden works with the team during a match last season.

August 29, 2011

DeKALB | Ray Gooden just entered his tenth season as head coach for the NIU women's volleyball program. The veteran coach spared some time to chat with the Northern Star to discuss coaching, hobbies and his future in this week's installment of Coach's Corner. NORTHERN STAR: What are some changes you have ...

Pawlikowski garners accolades

Katie Leb

March 20, 2011

To Coley Pawlikowski, volleyball is more than a sport; it's a career. An alumna of the NIU volleyball program, Pawlikowski returned in 2009 as an assistant coach and recruiter. Coaching alongside her husband Dan, she incorporates volleyball into all aspects of her life, all year long. Recently, Pawliko...

Coach’s Corner with NIU women’s tennis head coach Ryun Ferrell

March 2, 2011

Ryun Ferrell is in his third season as NIU women's tennis head coach. After leaving Drake with a Missouri Valley Conference record of 51-19, Ferrell joined NIU to help rebuild the current program. Ferrell spoke with the Northern Star to discuss his time as a coach at NIU and his experiences with tennis. Mike Romor: How did ...

Coach’s Corner with assistant NIU gymnastics coach Sam Morreale

Brian Thomas

February 23, 2011

Assistant coaches often have specified roles, and Sam Morreale is no different. As an assistant with NIU gymnastics, Morreale's job essentially boils down to helping head coach Mark Sontag with training the gymnasts. Morreale sat down with the Northern Star to discuss his history in the gym and his aspirations for the future. Northern Star: How did...

Coach’s Corner with NIU Gymnastics head coach Mark Sontag

Brian Thomas

February 16, 2011

Gymnastics isn't exactly considered a traditional sport. It takes a lot of hard work to succeed and dedication to teach. NIU gymnastics head coach Mark Sontag has a long history with gymnastics. Sontag sat down with the Northern Star to discuss getting his start in the sport and where he thinks NIU's program...

Coach’s Corner with NIU wrestling associate head coach Ryan Ludwig

Mike Romor

January 26, 2011

When associate head coach Ryan Ludwig first came to NIU to assist head coach Dave Grant's rising wrestling team, he felt that the job was a good fit for him. Six years later, Ludwig has become a key part of NIU wrestling and its reform to become a nationally recognized program. Northern Star: How di...