Jordan Quinlan is the newest addition to the Northern State University soccer staff. She joined head coach Ryszard Gorski at the helm of the program earlier this summer, after spending the 2019-20 year as a volunteer assistant at the University of Missouri.
“We are incredibly excited to add Jordan to our staff and look forward to the immediate impact she will make on our program,” explained Gorski. “It was clear from the start that her values matched that of our program: a holistic approach for personal development, accountability for academic success, and a passion to develop soccer players.”
Quinlan provides assistance in all facets the women’s soccer program including; student-athlete recruitment, game preparation, player evaluation, academic coordination, and practice & game day coaching.
“I am very grateful to Coach Gorski and the athletic administration at NSU for the opportunity to join their Wolfpack,” noted Quinlan. “My Mizzou soccer family prepared me to step into this role by teaching me to be adaptable, flexible, and creative with whatever coaching or life throws at you.”
During her time at Mizzou, Quinlan worked primarily with attacking players, who boasted 30 goals on the season. Mizzou also experienced a program best beginning the season 5-0-0. They also excelled in the classroom posting a 3.45 cumulative team GPA in the fall and 3.60 in the spring. Quinlan began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Northwest Missouri State in 2017, while pursuing a master’s degree.
Quinlan spent the fall 2018 season as an assistant at Iowa Western Community College. IWCC won the Great Lakes District and Region XI Championships, finishing third overall at the NJCAA National Tournament. She was responsible for the day to day operations of training sessions, academics, creating and implementing their strength and conditioning programs, ran youth camps, and led fundraising efforts for the program.
Gorski added, “We have high expectations for our women, and I look forward to collaborating with Jordan as we continue pushing forward and raising standards. Everyone in our program is delighted to welcome Jordan to the Aberdeen community and to Northern State University.”
She then went on to lead the Council Bluffs Soccer Club as the head coach where the program won the Nebraska League Fall Championship. In addition, Quinlan was named the Nebraska League Newcomer Coach of the Year in 2018.
“I believe Northern provides the right environment for me to grow professionally as a young female coach,” Quinlan continued. “I am excited to challenge myself and our team to achieve new heights on the field and in the classroom as we continue to build upon the culture Coach Gorski is instilling in our student-athletes.”
She is currently working toward her D License from the U.S. Soccer Federation and is a certified health coach through the American Council of Exercise.
Quinlan received her bachelor of science in Nutrition and Exercise Science from the University of Missouri in 2016 and her master of science in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Northwest Missouri State in 2018. During her time as an undergraduate student at the University of Missouri, she was a sports nutrition and strength and conditioning intern for the football, soccer, softball, track and field, and swimming and diving teams.