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SOC: Iowa Adds Assistant Coach

Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 10:54 PM CDT
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Erica Demers has been named interim assistant coach
with the University of Iowa soccer program, UI head coach Dave DiIanni
announced Monday. 



“I am excited Erica has
chosen to follow our path to Iowa,” said DiIanni. “She has been a valuable
piece of the coaching staff at Grand Valley State for the past nine years
working with the attackers, as recruiting coordinator and with our camps. 
She is a great role model for the student-athletes, and I am looking forward to
having her as a member of the Hawkeye coaching staff.”





Demers joins the Hawkeyes
after spending the past nine seasons with DiIanni at Grand Valley State, the
last two as associate head coach. She helped the Lakers post a 189-12-17
record, capture three NCAA Division II national titles, win nine-straight GLIAC
championships and nine NCAA regional championships.





Under Demers’ offensive
tutelage, Grand Valley State became one of the best offensive programs in the
nation. The team set program scoring records in six-straight seasons, including
a school-best 92 goals in 2010. 





Demers was instrumental in
the development of All-America forward Katy Tafler, who holds the top spot in
the GVSU record books with 269 points (114 goals, 41 assists) -- a total that
ranks third in NCAA history. She also coached five GLIAC Offensive Player of
the Year selections.





In addition to her coaching
duties, Demers served as the school’s recruiting coordinator, camps coordinator
and instructor, strength and conditioning coach, and fundraising
director.  She also was instrumental in the team’s academic success, as
she coached two Academic All-American of the Year honorees, eight Academic
All-Americans, one Elite 88 Award winner and more than 40 athletes to GLIAC
All-Academic honors during her tenure.





Demers began her coaching
career at The Citadel, where she served one season as a graduate assistant.





As a student-athlete, Demers
played four years of Division I soccer at Oakland University, where she led the
Grizzlies to four-straight conference tournament titles and three-straight NCAA
Tournament appearances. She was a two-time first-team Mid-Continent Conference
selection and was Mid-Con Player of the Year in 2002.  She ended her
career with 55 points on 15 goals and 25 assists.





Demers played for the
Canadian U-21 National Team Pool and was part of the Canadian National
Championship team in 2000.  In 1997-98, she played for the National
Training Centre team and was a member of the Ontario Provincial Team for five
years.





The
Welland, Ontario, Canada, native graduated from Oakland with a bachelor of
science in health science in 2004 and earned her master’s degree in education
from Grand Valley State in 2009.SOC: Iowa Adds Assistant Coach


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