Erin L. Egolf | Recent Grad and Loyal Donor

Coach Erin Egolf, Homecoming soccer games Friday, October 5, 2018.

Erin L. Egolf, Head Coach of UIS Women’s Soccer

BA Management 2013; MBA 2015

Home base: Springfield, Illinois

What jobs have you had since graduating?

While I was getting my MBA at UIS, I had the opportunity to be the assistant coach of the women’s soccer team. After being in that role for three years, I was then humbled to be offered the interim head coach position for a season. I then went on to interview for the position outright, and I have been the head women’s soccer coach for the past two seasons. I have coached some club soccer teams during my UIS coaching career, but the focus has always been on my college coaching jobs (because I love it).

What aspect of coaching is especially fulfilling to you?

Being able to interact and engage with student athletes. Seeing their growth and achievements during their time at UIS is extremely rewarding and why I do what I do.

Where does your commitment to philanthropy come from?

I truly believe in this program and the individual girls, and I want to give back to the program that gave me so much.

You have been a faithful donor to the women’s soccer team since 2013. Why is giving to athletic teams important?

Being a collegiate athlete is an experience unlike any other. For most athletes in our department, this is the peak of their athletic career. By contributing to athletic teams, you are positively effecting the student athlete experience. We ask so much of our student athletes—athletics, academics, community service and engagement, and more—and they constantly are setting the bar higher and higher. We wouldn’t be successful in any of these areas without the generous support of donors!

How are your gifts to soccer used?

Gifts are used to provide quality equipment and gear, improve team nutrition and recovery, as well as better the travel experience on road trips. We hope to use gifts toward facility enhancements and a preseason soccer trip in the future.

A final message from Erin:

I want to share a sincere thank you to all who have given to women’s soccer program! We work each day to get better, so that we can positively represent ourselves, our department, our university and our community. Your support helps to make that a reality. Thank you!