PALATINE HILL -- The Lewis & Clark women's soccer team will have two assistant coaches with All-Northwest Conference credentials on the staff for the 2017 season.
Geena Fong and Traci Nakamura will assist head coach Jim Tursi, who begins his eighth season with the Pioneers. Tursi coached both Fong and Nakamura, who each earned All-NWC recognition twice during their competitive careers.
Fong, who joined the team in 2011 and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Economics, was an All-NWC selection following the 2011 and 2013 seasons. In the latter year, the Honolulu, Hawaii native set career highs with 99 saves and a 1.24 goals-against average.
"I have seen this team grow since my freshman year and believe in the future of this team," said Fong, who was helping Lewis & Clark's goalkeepers as a volunteer the last two seasons. "I want to share my point of view and experiences of being a goalkeeper and am excited to learn from the goalkeepers I work with as well."
Nakamura was a three-year member of the team from 2010-12 and earned an All-NWC Second-Team pick following the 2012 season, a year after she was named honorable mention. Also from Honolulu, Hawaii, Nakamura was a defender who started in all 58 games she played for the Pios. She scored four of her five career goals and had her only career assist in her final season.
"I am excited to become an available resource and mentor for our student-athletes both on and off the field," said Nakamura. "I've been in their shoes trying to balance school, soccer and a social life. I'm also excited to give back to a program that has the potential to succeed and win championships."
Finishing with a 6-12-2 NWC mark last year, Lewis & Clark is a season removed from winning 11 games during the 2015 season, its best conference win total since rebooting the program in 2004.
Final touches are being made to the Pioneers 2017 schedule, which is expected to open on Sept. 1 against Hamline at Griswold Stadium. The team's Alumni Game is set for Aug. 27, and the conference opener is planned for Sept. 16 at Whitman. Lewis & Clark is scheduled to host Puget Sound on Sept. 23 in the team's first home NWC game. The Pioneers defeated Puget Sound, 1-0, in the final game last year, the first time Lewis & Clark defeated the Loggers since restarting the program.