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NIU President Lisa Freeman, NIU volleyball head coach Sondra Parys and NIU Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation Sean Frazier hold an NIU volleyball jersey bearing the No. 7, representing Parys status as the Huskies seventh head coach in program history. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU welcomes Sondra Parys to Huskie country

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | January 12, 2023

DeKALB – Standing at the podium in front of the crowd gathered at Victor E. Court during her first appearance as the new head coach of NIU volleyball on Tuesday, Sondra Parys shared a brief moment with her father, Joe. “I know you’ve always wanted...

Former Loyola University Chicago assistant coach Sondra Parys was hired to lead NIUs volleyball program Thursday. (Loyola Chicago Athletics)

NIU tabs Sondra Parys to lead Huskie volleyball

By Northern Star Sports Staff | December 15, 2022
NIU Athletics has hired former Loyola Chicago assistant coach Sondra Parys to take the reins of its volleyball program.
Head Coach Burns ready for big coaching opportunity at NIU

Head Coach Burns ready for big coaching opportunity at NIU

By James Krause | September 25, 2019

DeKALB — Coaching wasn’t the obvious choice for women’s tennis coach Eric Burns after graduating from Franklin College as a four-year letterman in the sport.It took some time away from the game and persuading from those in a top-level program for...

Head coach Thomas Hammock addresses the team during Spring football practice.

Huskies ready for Illinois State visit for programs’ 57th meeting

By James Krause | August 30, 2019

DeKALB — First-year students at NIU might not have been born when the football team last faced the Illinois State University Redbirds in 2000.The Huskies will meet the Football Championship Subdivision title-contending Redbirds on Saturday at Huskie...

Illinois lacks Division I hockey

Illinois lacks Division I hockey

By Roland Hacker | October 10, 2018

Ice hockey’s popularity in Illinois has surged over the last decade with the Chicago Blackhawks’ dominant run, yet not a single NCAA Division I ice hockey team exists in the state. NIU needs more support for ice hockey, as it looks like a great fit...

Athletic department selects new motto for athletics

By Eddie Garcia | January 30, 2017

DeKALB — Athletic director Sean Frazier announced via Twitter that there will be a new motto in the 2017 year for NIU. The new slogan, “Hard work pays off. Period.” is the third motto that has been created under Frazier’s tutelage.The idea of...

Head Coach Lisa Carlsen attempts to motivate her team in a Jan. 18 game against Akron University in the Convocation Center. Carlsen is in her second season at NIU and has the Huskies off to their best start in school history (15-5, 8-1 MAC).

Coach makes game fun again

By Eddie Garcia | January 30, 2017

DeKALB — When athletic director Sean Frazier began his search for a new women’s basketball head coach, he had one thing on his mind: experience. The team was in dire need of an experienced leader who would lead the Huskies toward a winning mentality.Frazier...

Coach guides failed season

Coach guides failed season

By Infographic by Nick Bosshart | November 28, 2016

Football finished with its worst regular season record since the team finished 2-10 in 2007 with a 31-21 victory Friday over Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.The poor season performance from the team should force NIU to quickly make a decision on whether...

Athletics drops NCAA violations to nine

By Northern Star staff | November 17, 2016

DeKALB | NCAA violations at NIU has dropped from 16 violations in 2014-15 to nine in 2015-16.Athletics Associate Director Jerome Rodgers shared how NIU is complying with the NCAA and is using student-athlete education to drop the number of violations....

Two Big Ten schools reviewed NIU Athletic Director for hire

By Northern Star staff | May 11, 2016

Athletic Director Sean Frazier was passed up by the University of Minnesota as a candidate for its athletic director position.The director of athletics oversees the entire athletics program in aspects like budget coordination, public relations, fundraising...

Baker, Iroegbu get to first postseason

By Krystal Ward | March 28, 2016

Men’s basketball is preparing to participate in the Vegas 16 Tournament, a feat that marks the first time seniors Travon Baker and Chuks Iroegbu have made it to postseason play.The quality of the eight teams in the field, the national exposure on CBS...

An aerial view of the Huskie Stadium.

Huskie Stadium turns 50

By Sabreena Saleem | October 19, 2015

A small piece of sod from Glidden Field was planted at the 1965 opening of Huskie Stadium to symbolize the change of football activities to the new stadium — a facility that continues to grow.NIU’s football team competed on the Glidden Field before...