Feb. 28, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona head women’s soccer coach Tony Amato has announced the addition of Kylie Louw to his coaching staff. Louw joins the Wildcat program as an assistant coach after a stellar playing career at Stephen F. Austin (SFA) and with the South African team at the 2012 Olympic Games.
“We are excited to welcome Kylie to Tucson and know she will be a big asset to our program,” Amato said. “I had the privilege of working with her for three years and saw she has a special ability to lead others. She has a bright personality, is organized, smart, and is driven to be successful.”
“She has an extensive international and collegiate playing background that will translate into making our team better,” Amato added. “I am fortunate to now have a great staff in place. The passion both Kylie and Paul (Nagy) bring to Arizona soccer is energizing and will make an immediate impact in coaching our current players and in recruiting future team members.”
A three-time Southland Conference (SLC) Player of the Year, the first in Ladyjack history, and a two-time SLC Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year, Louw played for her native South Africa at the 2012 London Olympic Games. She’s been a member of the South African National Team since 2006 and was nominated as the South African Player of the Year in 2010.
"I am extremely excited to join an outstanding coaching staff and I am delighted to be working with such a passionate and dedicated department,” Louw said. “I would like to thank (Athletics Director) Greg Byrne, (Deputy Athletics Director) Rocky LaRose, (Seniro Associate Athletics Director) Erika Barnes and Tony Amato for an amazing opportunity to be involved in the soccer program and Wildcats athletics. I look forward to being a part of a great tradition here at the University of Arizona."
Also during her tenure at SFA, Louw was a National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) All-American, an NSCAA Scholar All-American and a CoSIDA Academic All-American while winning the SLC regular season and tournament. She was the SLC Freshman of the Year in 2009 and a member of the SLC tournament champion team in 2011.
Louw has also been involved in youth soccer in the Nacogdoches, Texas area, coaching for the Nacogdoches Soccer Club and Nacogdoches Academy Soccer Clinic, as well as giving private lessons.
A native of Johannesburg, she earned her bachelor’s in kinesiology from SFA in May 2012 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in exercise science and human performance, also from SFA.
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