Former U.S. Women's National Team member and three-time NSCAA All-American Kristen Weiss will join the University of Wisconsin women's soccer coaching staff as an assistant, head coach Paula Wilkins announced Tuesday.
"We are really excited to add Kristen to our staff," Wilkins said. "As a former player her experience with the national teams at all levels will only enhance the training environment and playing experience for our players. "
The Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, native is well-known for her prep career at Walsh Jesuit High School where she was twice tabbed as a Parade All-American and female athlete of the year. She graduated as Ohio's all-time leader in goals scored after earning all-american accolades in three consecutive seasons.
After stints with the U16, U17 and U19 women's national teams, she was selected to the U.S. Women's National squad where she earned four caps and participated in the 2001 Algarve Cup.
"Kristen knows what it takes to compete at the highest level both in college and on the international scene," Wilkins added. "She is one of the most exciting up and coming coaches in the country, and we are happy to welcome her to the Wisconsin family."
Weiss, who played collegiately at the University of Virginia, spent this past season at Milwaukee serving as an assistant coach. Prior to her stint with the Panthers, Weiss coached at both Maryland (2010-12) and Clemson (2008-10), after serving as a women's soccer administrator at her alma mater (2006-08).
As a member of Virginia's women's soccer team from 2002-06, Weiss helped the Cavaliers to an ACC championship in 2004. The Ohio native also earned ACC All-Tournament Team honors in 2004.
Weiss will replace former UW assistant Carmelina Moscato, who is set to continue her professional playing career for the Chicago Red Stars and Canadian National Team.