Chelsea Hunter was named the fourth head coach in the history of the women's soccer program at Northwood in the spring of 2018. The 2019 campaign will be her second as head coach.
She replaced Dean Pappas, who resigned in April of 2018.
"I am excited that Chelsea Hunter will be leading our women's soccer program," said Northwood University Athletic Director Dave Marsh. "In her time at Northwood, she has become well-respected by the student-athletes, fellow staff members and coaches around the league. I'm confident she will lead us to big things in the future."
The 2019 season was a breakthrough for the program under Hunter's leadership. The Timberwolves improved from two wins overall to a 9-9-1 record. NU also went 5-4 in the GLIAC, marking the first time since 2002 that Northwood had a winning record in conference play.
Hunter has spent 2017 and 2018 as an assistant coach at Northwood. The Timberwolves posted 12 victories those seasons, which included an 8-8-1 record in 2016. That marked the first time since 2004 Northwood had earned a record of .500 or above.
Prior to working at Bellarmine, Hunter coached at Kentucky Fire Juniors (KFJ) from 2010-2015. She was responsible for coaching youth, aging from U8 to U14 levels. Hunter also worked as an intern with the Alliance of Women Coaches while in college. She assisted the Director of Education with the NCAA & Alliance training programs in 2012.
Hunter had a distinguished playing career, starting with her time at the University of Louisville. She played in 69 games as a defender for the Cardinals. During her career, Louisville won the Big East title and made a NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2011. Hunter was named NSCAA Second Team All-Northeast Region, Big East All-Tournament Team and Big East All-Academic Team in 2011 and 2012. Hunter was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week in 2013 and was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) at Louisville.
After her collegiate career, Hunter played a pair of seasons professionally in Finland. She played with Merilappi United in 2015, where she was a team captain. In 2014, Hunter scored three goals in 21 games with IK Myran.
Prior to playing in college, Hunter also participated in the Olympic Development Program Region II Team from 2007-2009. She was a member of the Michigan Olympic Development Program from 2003-2009 and played for the Michigan Hawks Soccer Club from 1999-2009.
"I would like to thank Dave Marsh, Dr. Keith Pretty and the committee for this great opportunity," said Hunter. "I've really enjoyed my time at Northwood and am thrilled to be able to continue as the head coach. I'm looking forward to continuing to move the program up the GLIAC."