Kiester Joins Women's Soccer Coaching Staff

March 29, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - Jon Kiester, who has coached at the college, club and high school levels, has joined the University of Oregon women's soccer staff.

Kiester, an assistant coach at Baylor the last two years, primarily will handle the Ducks' recruting duties. He replaces Beth Sheppard, who is pursuing a professional playing career.

'Jon's background is outstanding for what we need here,' sixth-year Oregon coach Bill Steffen said. 'He's from Southern California, has coached and competed in Hawai`i, coached extensively in the Los Angeles area and most recenly worked in the Big 12 at Baylor, as well as coached in Texas. Those are some of the best areas for recruiting along with his varied background with coaching at different levels. Jon will be a tremendous help from a recruiting and coaching standpoint.'

Kiester, 32, helped recruit one of the top '10 Percent' classes in the nation in 2000 at Baylor, according to Soccer Buzz, an Inernet magazine.

Before his stint at Baylor, Kiester was an assistant coach for the men's and women's soccer programs at El Camino Junior College. He also served as the girls head coach at South High School at Torrance, Calif., from 1996 to 1999. In 1998, his team claimed the California Interscholastic Federation co-championship and won the Ocean League championship with a record of 14-0-0. For his efforts, Kiester was selected the CIF Coach of the Year.

He also has experience on the club level. He was head of the Fram Soccer Club girls under-14 team, and he coached the Torrance United Soccer Club girls under-18 team to the league title as well as the League Cup championship in the same year.

Kiester graduated from Hawaii Pacific in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in history. A three-year team captain for the Sea Warriors, he later played professionally for the Hawaii Tsunami for two years.

Kiester holds a United States Soccer Federation 'D' license and an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.

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