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College notes: UW-Parkside tabs Alverno's Nikolic new women's coach

06/07/2015, 10:45am CDT
By ERIC ANDERSON
Brittany Nikolic

Troy Fabiano (Kenosha Bradford) left the UW-Parkside women's soccer program after 17 years in January to take over at UW-Milwaukee. Last week, the Rangers turned to another Milwaukee school to find his successor.

Brittany Nikolic was named the fourth coach in the program's 21-year history on Monday, taking the reins of the highly successful NCAA Division II team after six seasons as head coach at Division III Alverno.

"UW-Parkside women's soccer program is positioned to continue as one of the top teams in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with Brittany Nikolic at the helm," athletic director Tamie Falk-Day said in a news release. "Brittany knows firsthand what it means to be a student-athlete in a successful program, having played at Stanford, while her recruiting knowledge and passion for the game will be reflected immediately in the level of players she will bring to the program."

Nikolic earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference honors twice during her career at Stanford. The Los Angeles native spent time as an assistant at Division I programs Northwestern, Nevada-Las Vegas and UW-Milwaukee before taking over an Alverno program that had posted just 20 wins in its eight-year history.

During Nikolic's tenure, the Inferno went 42-75-1 and set the single-season school record for wins three times – her 2013 team finished 10-10-0, the program's only non-losing season in its 14-year history.

"Brittany has played a significant role in building our soccer program," Alverno athletic director Brad Duckworth said in a news release. "Six short years ago, when she was hired to become our first full-time head coach, she inherited a program that struggled to be competitive and have significant numbers. The soccer program has consistently grown under her leadership, and has not only stabilized, but laid the foundation to become one of the up-and-coming programs in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. ... Parkside's gain is certainly our loss, but we wish Brittany nothing but success in with her future teams."

UW-Parkside, which has recorded 16 consecutive winning seasons, finished 18-1-3 and won the GLVC regular-season and tournament titles last season. The Rangers open the 2015 season Sept. 4 at home against Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.).

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An artist's rendering of the renovated Madison College softball and soccer fields

An artist's rendering of the renovated Madison College softball and soccer fields

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