Kylie Louw snagged the head coaching position for NAU’s women’s soccer team.

Louw was NAU’s assistant coach for the past two seasons under former head coach Andre Luciano. Prior to NAU, she coached down south at the University of Arizona for four seasons as an assistant.

Her coaching career began after a long run as a player. Louw played as a midfielder at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas from 2009-2012. Being born and raised in South Africa, she immediately returned home and continued to play for the South Africa women’s national football team. They traveled to the 2012 London Olympics where they placed 10th out of 12 countries.

Before Louw was Andre Luciano who held a presence with the team for 18 years. Last season, Luciano and Louw lead the Lumberjacks to a total of 684 minutes without allowing a single goal, breaking a program record.

NAU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics, Mike Marlow, released the statement of Louw’s position on Tuesday.

“She possesses the characteristics that we desire in all of our head coaches: commitment to the growth and well-being of our student-athletes as both students and athletes… Kylie has a very strong plan for NAU soccer that bodes well for a bright future," Marlow said.