Erika Flanders Joins Women's Soccer Staff
July 27, 2005
Flanders comes to the program after spending three years at Creighton University, where she filled a multitude of coaching capacities. In Flanders' first season, she served as a graduate assistant coach at Creighton before being promoted to the assistant coach position in 2003, where she remained until the end of the 2004 season.
"The program is very excited to hire Erika," Lyon said. "She is an enthusiastic and energetic young coach and already has a couple of good years under her belt working at Creighton, where she helped lead it to a couple of NCAA tournaments."
While helping with day-to-day duties, Flanders will oversee IU goalies throughout the season.
Flanders recently graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a master's degree in secondary education. Flanders pursued her education while serving in the full-time assistant coach role at Creighton.
The 2002 team captain at Bowling Green, Flanders finished her career holding every goalkeeping record - single-match, season and career - in school history. She was the second player in school history to earn first team All-Mid-American Conference honors. She also set conference career records for minutes played and saves.
Flanders has worked on the Iowa/Nebraska '88 Girls ODP while also serving on the Region II ODP goalkeeping staff. She is a regional ODP "Coach in Training" and is the head coach for the Gladiator girl's team, where she also served as the director for goalkeepers.
She holds NSCAA National, NSCAA Goalkeeping and Advanced NSCAA National diplomas. In her final collegiate campaign with the Falcons, she was named first team All-MAC, third team All-Region and tabbed to the MAC All-Tournament team. Her teammates also honored her as the team defensive MVP after her senior season.
The Mason, Ohio, native was nabbed Academic All-MAC recognition as a junior, garnered MAC Honor Roll honors for three seasons, and garnered her art education degree from Bowling Green in 2003.
Flanders fills the spot of former assistant coach Sarah Kloosterman, who left the Hoosiers to take a first-assistant coaching position at Columbia State University.
"I am very happy for Sarah," Lyon said. "She will do a great job, as she did for us, anywhere she takes her talents. I wish her the best."
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