Nimitz, Smith Join Women's Soccer Coaching Staff

Special to Clay Today
Posted 8/2/17

QUINCY, Ill. – Quincy University women's soccer coach Dave Musso announced Wednesday the addition of two members to the coaching staff. Katie Nimitz will serve as the graduate assistant coach and …

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Nimitz, Smith Join Women's Soccer Coaching Staff

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QUINCY, Ill. – Quincy University women's soccer coach Dave Musso announced Wednesday the addition of two members to the coaching staff. Katie Nimitz will serve as the graduate assistant coach and Cody Smith joins the staff as a volunteer assistant.

Fleming Island High graduate Katie Nimitz, a goalie under coach Darryl Ivey, recently graduated from NCAA Division II Lynn (Fla.) University, playing goalkeeper for the Fighting Knights. She will focus on training the QU goalkeepers and will assist in every aspect of the program, including training, recruiting, academics and travel.

Smith comes aboard as a volunteer after serving as the women's soccer head coach at Hannibal-LaGrange University for three seasons.

"I am excited to welcome Katie and Cody to our staff and Hawk Soccer community," said Musso. "They will add positive energy and bring a variety of coaching experience to this group. I feel they will connect well with our student-athletes in all aspects of their lives."

Nimitz has extensive coaching experience, working with Florida Sol FC of the Women's Premier Soccer League in Jacksonville, Fla.. in the last two summers. She has also coached and been a camp director and soccer trainer at Beast Mode Soccer, working alongside United States Women's National Team players Alex Morgan and Kelley O'Hara and English National Team player Rachel Daly.

She has also been an assistant camp director and staff coach with USWNT player Morgan Brian. Nimitz is a five-year staff coach with SoccerPlus, a circuit of camps founded by former USWNT head coach Tony DiCicco.

Nimitz has earned NSCAA Levels 1, 2 and 3 Goalkeeping Diplomas and is planning to complete her advanced national diploma in the fall. She has attained E and F licenses from U.S. Soccer and will finish her D license in December.

She graduated from Lynn with a 4.0 GPA and will pursue her Master of Science in Education Counseling at Quincy.

Smith graduated from Hannibal-LaGrange in 2009 and became the women's soccer program's assistant coach in 2011, working primarily with the goalkeepers. He was elevated to the head coaching position in 2014.

Smith also has worked with Quincy United Soccer Club since 2012 and with the Missouri State Girls Olympic Development Program since 2015.

He has his NSCAA national coaching diploma and Levels 1 and 2 goalkeeping diplomas. He has also earned USSF Class F and Class E coaching licenses.

The Hawks open the 2017 regular season Aug. 31 at Ohio Dominican in Columbus.

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