Anne Houliston enters her second year on the Island, after a successful first campaign with the Blue and Green. In the second position, she guided the Islanders to a school record five wins and the first Southland Conference Tournament in school history.
She joined the Islanders Soccer program as an assistant coach for the 2015 season. Houliston, a native of Scotland, came to the Island University after coaching stops at Central Michigan and Murray State.
Houliston will assist in all facets of the program with a primary on-field focus of working with the attack. She has a wealth of knowledge with technical development as well as tactical decision-making.
"Anne has a great playing pedigree," Caldwell said, "having competed at the highest level, earning over 25 international appearances with Scotland at the U19 level including three European Championships. She is a hard worker that is in this business for the long haul. She has a great mind for the game and a great coaching demeanor. Her personality will fit right in with the players and the Islanders Athletics department."
Houliston joins the program after most recently serving on the staff at Central Michigan. There, she was in charge of coaching the attacking players, as well as recruiting, travel and camp duties. In 2013, the Chippewas went 8-4-0 in the Mid-American Conference, finishing in third place in the West division.
Prior to her time at CMU, she spent a year as the graduate assistant for Murray State, where she headed video and academic coordination as well as running game day operations and travel duties. The Racers went 4-3-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference, with Sophie Hargreaves and Julie Mooney collecting First Team All-OVC honors. In addition to her collegiate experience in the coaching ranks, she has worked with clubs at all levels, including the Women's Professional Soccer League with Fort Wayne FC.
As a player at NAIA Lindsay Wilson College, she helped the team to the national semifinals in both of her seasons. She also played in the WPSL for Fort Wayne as well as in the W-League for K-W United, the Colorado Force, the Ottawa Fury and the Fredericksburg Gunners. She represented Scotland from 2000-03, earning 25 caps and competing in three European championships.