Former Gophers standout Erin Chastain becomes head coach of women’s football – The Minnesota Daily

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Chastain becomes the fifth head coach in Minnesota’s programming history after a fabled playing career at the school.

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The University of Minnesota announced on June 11th that Erin Chastain was officially named head coach of the women’s football program.

Erin Chastain attended the University of Minnesota in the late 1990s, where she was the starter for four years and the captain of the women’s soccer team for three years. In 1997 she graduated from the Carlson School of Management with a bachelor’s degree.

During her season, Chastain (then Hussey) was productive for Maroon & Gold. During her four-year career, she took part in 82 competitions, took eighth place in the history of goals (29) and 7th place.

After her college career, Chastain went into coaching. Before returning to college, she was initially named head coach of the Wayzata and Edina U15 girls premier soccer teams near their hometown of Plymouth, Minnesota.

Her return to college football began at Northwestern University, where she served as the top assistant coach for the women’s football team. She stayed with the Wildcats for three seasons before coaching women’s football at Santa Clara University.

Chastain took on the same role as Santa Clara’s top assistant coach for five seasons and led her to great success. The Broncos were national runners-up in 2002 and had a handful of other deep postseason runs in the national tournament.

After establishing herself as one of the top female assistants in the country, Chastain was given the opportunity to become the head coach for DePaul University women’s football in 2007. She has spent the past 14 seasons as the head coach of the Blue Demons and has found great success during her time at school, with over 100 wins along with a record of 78-44-26 in the past eight seasons. It also led DePaul to two Big East championships in the regular season and reached a program high of No. 7 in the nation in 2014. She is now leaving Chicago as one of the most effective head coaches in the history of the program.

“I am excited to welcome Erin and her family back home to Minnesota,” said Mark Coyle, athletics director of Gophers, in a statement included in the university’s announcement. “Erin has a proven track record of recruiting, developing and coaching student athletes and I am very excited to have her lead her alma mater.”

Long-time head coach Stefanie Golan resigned in late May before taking the same position in Missouri. During her time with the Gophers, she set a record of 92-64-24 in nine seasons. Erin Chastain is now trying to revive the Gophers’ program. Minnesota has set a record of 8-16-7 for the past two seasons, and Chastain is looking to get the program back on track.

Chastain brings in quite a résumé of senior recruiting. While at Santa Clara, Chastain helped bring the nation to the top in 2002 and the No. 4 class in 2004. While at DePaul, the Blue Demons reached Class 21 nationwide.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be named head coach of the Minnesota football program,” Chastain said in a statement. “I am so grateful to President Joan Gabel, Athletics Director Mark Coyle, Senior Associate Athletic Director Tom McGinnis, and the entire Search Committee for believing in me and trusting me to lead my alma mater.”

The school recently announced its plans to revert to a traditional 10-game fall schedule this season after playing a modified spring campaign the previous year. The Chastain era begins September 18 with a border battle battle at home with Wisconsin.

“The University of Minnesota is a world-class institution and I was fortunate enough to be a gopher student athlete,” Chastain said in a statement. “This program and the entire state of Minnesota mean so much to me, so this is truly a dream opportunity for me and my family. I can hardly wait to get to know the team and look forward to the work. “



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