The University of Iowa soccer team announced Monday that Connecticut transfer Natalie Krygier has joined the program.
New soccer coach Dave Dilanni said the signing will add experienced depth to a team that returns nine starters and 19 letter winners and has high expectations this season.
"We are very excited to welcome Natalie to our Hawkeye soccer family," said DiIanni. "I have known her for many years, coaching her in the Michigan Olympic Development program. Even back then you could see Natalie was highly competitive and fought for everything she got by improving each and every day at training.
“She will begin her career along the back line or holding mid position. She helps us add experienced depth to a team with high expectations this year.”
Krygier played six games as a true freshman for the Huskies, helping the team to an 11-9 record in the American Athletic Conference last season. The Novi, Mich., native joined the UConn program after helping her high school win back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010.
The Hawkeyes won a school record 15 games in 2013 and posted its first two postseason victories en route to the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament. Iowa also collected its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
The team will report for fall camp Aug. 5 and opens the 2014 season with an exhibition game at DePaul on Aug. 14. Iowa begins regular season play Aug. 22 at Northern Iowa.
Hawkeye softball team adds energetic coach to its staff
The University of Iowa softball team and head coach Marla Looper has added Adam Arbour to the coaching staff.
Arbour has spent time coaching at Alabama and Michigan and will handle the Hawkeye offense.
“Adam is a quality human being first and foremost,” Looper said. “That is something I look for, not only in our student-athletes, but also in our staff because, ultimately, we are in the people business.
“Secondly, he has a lot of energy and passion for the sport of softball. He’s been around it all his life and has a strong pedigree from working with championship programs in his career. He is a positive gentleman who brings an additional energy that will compliment what our staff has. I am excited to get him on campus and see what he can do with our team.”
Arbour spent the past four years as a volunteer assistant coach at Alabama under head coach Patrick Murphy. He helped guide the Crimson Tide to an NCAA National Championship in 2012, a Women’s College World Series Runner-Up finish in 2014, and three NCAA Regional and NCAA Super Regional appearances. Alabama also maintained a presence in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), winning regular season (2012, 2014) and tournament championships (2012).
“Working with Marla Looper and Adrianna Baggetta and returning to the Big Ten ultimately attracted me to the University of Iowa,” Arbour said. “We have a great opportunity to compete for championships in the future, and I am excited to build upon the foundation they have created. I can’t wait to get to campus, meet the team and engage with the staff.
“I would like to thank Paula Jantz and the members of the selection committee for their hard work throughout this process. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Hawkeye softball program.”
Prior to Alabama, Arbour served as a student manager at Michigan under head coach Carol Hutchins from 2008-11.
While at Michigan, the Wolverines won three-straight Big Ten Championships (2009, 2010, 2011) and clinched a berth to the Women’s College World Series in 2009.
“I would like to thank Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy and Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins for investing in me and giving me a start in softball,” Arbour said. “They have been extremely influential and important in my career as a coach.”