Michigan adds Tori Christ as assistant coach
ANN ARBOUR, Mich. – University of Michigan women’s soccer head coach Jennifer Klein announced the appointment of assistant coach ToriChrist, the program announced on Tuesday 24 May. Christ joins the Wolverine program after a three-year stint at Boston University.
“I’m very excited about the addition of Tori to the coaching staff and our program,” Klein said. “Tori not only brings a level of expertise to her role, but she also brings the energy, enthusiasm, work ethic and drive that will make a big impact on her. During the hiring process, she has shown the passion she has for our sport, coaching goaltenders and building great relationships with rookies and student-athletes to help them perform at their best in the classroom and on the field .”
Christ joined the Terrier program in March 2019. Prior to that, she spent six seasons at her alma mater, Cornell — four as a student-athlete and two as a goaltending coach. She was also recently named to the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 program for the class of 2021-22, which highlights coaches who lead the way in developing football players and improving the game.
In Boston, under Christ’s tutelage, Meghan Kennedy earned All-Ivy League honorable mention status for the second consecutive season after leading the league with 94 saves. It also marked the second consecutive season that she topped the conference standings in saves.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Christ played professionally for three seasons – first with the Boston Breakers reserve team in 2014. She went overseas the next two years, helping Västerås BK30 in Sweden to winning the Widerlöv Cup in 2015 before playing one final season. with Rovaniemen Palloseura in Finland.
While competing for the Big Red, Christ served as captain for two years and was the program’s first three-time winner of the Randy May Coaches Award. The honor goes to the player who best demonstrates the spirit and dedication to Cornell soccer shown by Randy May, the program’s first head coach. In 2012, Christ led the Ivy League with 88 saves, which ranks 11th in Cornell’s single-season record books.
Christ graduated from Cornell in 2014 with a degree in psychology. She attended high school at Nardin Academy, becoming the youngest graduate to be inducted after graduating into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame when she was part of the class of 2021.