Katie Hultin announced as new women's soccer head coach

Katie Hultin celebrates a win with her former team at the University of Michigan
Katie Hultin, right, was announced as Grand Valley's new women's soccer head coach on May 12. Hultin was the associate head coach for the University of Michigan's women's soccer team for four seasons.
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Director of Athletics Keri Becker made it official on May 12, announcing Katie Hultin as the next women’s soccer head coach, the fifth in the program’s history.

"I am extremely excited to welcome Katie to our Grand Valley State family and look forward to watching her build upon the outstanding foundation within our women's soccer program," said Director of Athletics Keri Becker. 

"We had a highly qualified and impressive pool of candidates for this position and, in conversations with Katie, she stood out as someone who is committed to building a culture of success both on and off the field that will best fulfill our mission of providing our student-athletes with a championship-level experience."

Hultin steps into the role after Jim Conlon announced he was resigning as the team’s head coach six weeks ago. 

Hultin was a former associate head coach at the University of Michigan, coaching the Wolverines for four seasons. She primarily worked with the defense and helped lead the club to the NCAA Division I quarterfinals in 2021.

Hultin joins a Lakers team widely regarded as one of the top Division II programs in the nation. In December, the Lakers won their seventh national championship, beating St. Rose, 3-2, in overtime.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to continue my coaching journey at an institution that values athletic and academic success,” said Hultin. “Grand Valley has a decorated history of athletic success that I am thrilled to be a part of. 

“Our mission will be to set a standard of excellence and strive to improve every day. I am incredibly excited to be a Laker and I can't wait to meet the GVSU soccer community, the fans, and the alumni.”

Prior to Michigan, Hultin has coached at the University of Oregon, the University of Illinois and Seattle University and has served as assistant coach on U.S. Soccer’s U-17, U-18 and U-19 women’s national teams.