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Taylor Houck, Head Coach Knox College Women’s Soccer

GALESBURG, Illinois—Director of Athletics Daniella Irle announced the hiring of Taylor Houck as the Prairie Fire head women’s soccer coach on Monday. She will begin her duties on March 25.

“We are excited to welcome Taylor to our staff,” said Irle. “Taylor has all the characteristics that we want in a head coach. She has experience at and appreciation for high-academic institutions, a strong commitment to the holistic student-athlete experience, a desire to compete at a high level, an understanding of the importance of building relationships with alumni and the community, and a desire to help young people prepare for life after soccer. She is fully prepared to lead our women’s soccer program into the future.”

The Prairie Fire women’s soccer team is coming off their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance thanks to winning three straight Midwest Conference titles. The team has won 59 games over the past four seasons, the best stretch in school history. More impressively, the women’s soccer program is 29-4-4 in conference play over that same stretch. The newly renovated Jorge Prats Field, complete with Field Turf Revolution 360 mono-filament synthetic turf, was opened last fall.

“First, I would like to thank Daniella, President Amott, and the search committee for providing me with a great interview process,” said Houck. “When I stepped on campus, I felt the energy surrounding not just the women’s soccer program but all of Knox athletics. From the commitment to having great facilities to the excitement from the student-athletes to continue to improve on their success, I knew this was a special place,” continued Houck. “While it is very difficult to say goodbye to Caltech, I am excited about this challenge and look forward to pushing Knox women’s soccer to new heights.”

Houck most recently was the head women’s soccer coach at Caltech in Pasadena, California. She built the program from the ground up with the Beavers beginning play during the 2017 season.

Prior to Caltech, Houck was an assistant coach at Oberlin College in Ohio for three seasons. The team improved from 1-15-1 in 2012 to 10-8-0 in 2014.

Houck was a two-time Big East All-Conference selection while playing at Villanova University. She was the team MVP, captain, and a four-time selection to the Big East All-Academic Team.

Upon graduation, Houck played professional soccer in Finland for Pallokissat for one season and holds a USSF “E” National License, and an NSCAA Goalkeeper Levels 1, 2, and 3 diploma.

Houck earned her bachelor of arts in Sociology at Villanova and is currently pursuing a master of education in Positive Coaching from the University of Missouri.